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Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions Now Available

September 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Books, Eureka Books, Events, Feature, Local Authors

The latest from Eureka Books’ own Amy Stewart has arrived! Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions is the third novel in the extraordinary journey into the real lives of the forgotten but fabulous Kopp sisters.

Deputy Sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn’t belong behind bars. And sixteen year old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn’t be publicly shamed and packed off to a state run reformatory. But such were the laws – and morals – of 1916.

Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it’s her sister Fleurette who puts Constance’s beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn’t behave.

Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions is a spirited, page turning story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike.

Hear more of their story and see pictures from the time period which inspired the book from local author Amy Stewart herself at the Eureka Theater on Saturday October 7th at 7pm. Arrive early for conversation and cocktails.

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Preview Children’s Author Festival at Eureka Books

August 14th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Bookselling, Eureka Books, Events, Humboldt County, Local Authors

The 2017 Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival kicks off with a preview at Eureka Books on Saturday, September 2 from 6 pm to 9 pm during Arts Alive. Every two years the Author Fest brings dozens of children’s book authors and illustrators to local schools to promote reading.

The Festival began in 1975 with goals of bringing well known, published authors to Humboldt County. This now biennial event enables authors and artists to talk with students about books including the business and craft of writing. These efforts reinforce the idea that people create books and that children and students can write as well as read. This now biennial event features picture books, chapter books, children’s non-fiction, and even graphic novels.

During Arts Alive Eureka Books will have a display of books from all the authors participating in the Children’s Author Festival. Local children’s book authors are also expected to be available to sign books featured in the festival. Volunteers from the festival will provide refreshments and help families select appropriate titles as parents are encouraged to pick up copies of visiting authors’ books ahead of time.


Wicked Bugs Young Readers Edition Released at Eureka Books

July 31st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Eureka Books, Humboldt County, Local Authors, New Arrivals

He looks cute, but he’s really wicked!

Come visit Eureka Books Saturday August 5th 2017 for the release of Wicked Bugs Young Readers Edition.

Responding to educators’ requests for an age appropriate version of Wicked Bugs, Eureka Books’ own Amy Stewart teamed up with artist Briony Morrow-Cribbs to bring a full color adaptation to life for use in classrooms and in homes.

This wicked book release event will be a part of Old Town Eureka’s monthly Arts Alive night from 6 pm to 9 pm at 426 Second Street.

The night will feature a collection of insects you can get close to and even some professional bug related art you can take home along with the new book — while supplies last!


Lady Cop Makes Trouble Now In Paperback

June 25th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Books, Bookstore, Eureka Books, Feature 2, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Lady Cop Makes Trouble is now out in paperback and it makes a perfect addition to your summer reading list. Get your signed copy now at Eureka Books.

Based on the Kopp sisters’ real-life adventures, the first book of the series Girl Waits with Gun introduced the sensational lives of Constance Kopp and her unconventional sisters to an army of enthusiastic readers. This second installment, also based on their true story, takes us further into the romping, riveting story of a woman who defied expectations, forged her own path, and tackled crime—and nefarious criminals!—along the way.

And if you read Lady Cop Makes Trouble now, you won’t have long to wait for the third installment, due out in September.


Book Clubs Save at Eureka Books

June 24th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Bookstore, Events, Feature 3

Get 20% off your book club picks with the Book Club Program at Eureka Books. Book clubs of all kinds will be featured at the July 1st 2017 Arts Alive event starting at 6 pm. In addition to the discount, the program will give members of a listed book club a discount and help recruit new members.

“Each group has its own flavor and we cater to all kinds,” said Katie McCreary, Manager of Eureka Books. “Some folks love new fiction, some like the latest science writing, and some need a friend to help them through the classics. They can find one of the many local groups or even start their own. All it takes is getting a few people together once a month and a whole new world opens up.”

Eureka Books employee and book club member Solomon Everta (pictured) added, “I was trying to get through the classics on my own and struggling, but after I joined the North Coast Great Books Discussion Group I’ve found it to be fun and I feel like I’m learning a lot. It’s comforting to know you have friends along for the read.”

Eureka Books is located at 426 Second Street in Old Town, across from the gazebo where you can drop off your book club’s information. Alternately, you can email info@eurekabooksellers.com to sign your book group up for the discount program. See our book club program webpage for details.


Legislators Run from Their Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Law

January 7th, 2017  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Blog, Bookselling

You know a law is bad when the legislators who sponsored it pretend it never happened.

That’s what has happened with California’s new autograph law. (AB1570) The bill’s author, Ling Ling Chang, lost her bid for the state Senate and is no longer in office. But a number of her co-sponsors are still in the legislature.

Here’s what they publicly say about AB1570.

Cristina Garcia (D). State Assembly 58th District and the Democrat that got the law passed (nothing gets passed in the California legislature without a powerful Democrat behind it). Nothing about AB1570 on her website. Her staff told me Ms. Garcia was “too busy” to work on fixing this law.

If you oppose this law, let Member Garcia know about it on Facebook (@cristinagarciaad58) or Twitter (@AsmGarcia)

Joel Anderson (R), State Senate 38th District. On his list of legislative “achievements” as Senate co-author.

If you oppose this law, let Mr. Anderson know you don’t think it’s much of an achievement on Facebook (@senatorjoelanderson) or Twitter (@JoelAndersonCA)

Catharine Baker (R). State Assembly 16th District. No mention of the law on her website.
William C. Brough (R). State Assembly 73rd District. No mention.
James Gallagher (R). State Assembly 3rd District. Nada.
Tom Lackey (R). State Assembly 36th District. Zilch.
Benjamin Allen (D), State Senate 26th District. Zippo.
Tom Berryhill (R), State Senate 8th District. Not a peep.
Janet Nguyen (R), State Senate 34th District. Silence.

 


Not a Coincidence: The Easton Press Has Stopped Shipping to California

January 4th, 2017  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Blog, Bookselling

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Sign our Change.org petition to repeal this law.

The first consequence of California’s terrible autograph law: the Easton Press has stopped shipping signed books to California. On January 6, we obtained the following statement from the Easton Press, sent to a California collector:

Unfortunately, a law recently passed by the California legislature has made it prohibitively expensive to sell autographed collectibles to customers in your state. The law apparently was written with good intentions to deter sellers of counterfeit celebrity signatures.  However, it was written so broadly that it has added many layers of bureaucracy for legitimate sellers of signed merchandise, like Easton Press.

We are not the only booksellers who are outraged by this law and we are hopeful that the California assembly will hear these complaints and amend the law to provide an exception for the sale of signed books.  If this occurs, we will reach out to you immediately to offer you our signed editions.

California’s new law governing the sale of autographed items requires, among other things, keeping copies of Certificates of Authenticity (COAs) for seven years and printing the address of the signing author on the COA.

A few of the authors affected: Neil Gaiman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carol Burnett, and many others.

Please sign our Change.org petition. We need your support to convince the legislature to change the law.

More on AB1570.

This post has been updated several times to add additional information.


AB1570 in Plain English

January 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Blog, Bookselling

AB 1570 is a law regulating the sale of signed items in California.

This is a lay persons interpretation and should not be considered legal advice (Life tip: don’t take legal advice from a blog). Read it for yourself.

Who Has to Comply with the Law?

  1. Autograph dealers
  2. Art galleries
  3. Auction houses
  4. Anyone who consigns signed items to auction
  5. Anyone with “knowledge” of signed items, such as professional booksellers and antiques dealers
  6. Anyone offering signed items for sale online (this part is debatable as the law is badly written).

What Kind of Autographs Are Covered?

Anything signed by a “personality” and sold by anyone listed above for more than $5.

What is a personality? The standard dictionary definition is “a person of importance, prominence, renown, or notoriety” or “a famous person, especially in entertainment or sports.” At Eureka Books, we’re defining it as anyone with a Wikipedia entry.

However, the standard legal definition of personality is basically a person: “the quality, state, or fact of being a person.” The Legislative Counsel’s summary of the bill seems to imply this definition, explaining that the law applies to “all autographed items.” (Legislative Counsel’s Digest, paragraph 4). So if you are cautious, everything described as signed should be accompanied by a COA.

What Do You Have to Do?

  1. Issue Certificates of Authenticity, meeting specific requirements, with each signed item you sell for more than $5. The most problematic requirement is the listing of the name and address of your source for the autographed item

COAs must include:
a.    The dealer’s true legal name and street address
b.    A description of the item and the name of the person who signed it
c.    Purchase price and date of sale (an invoice can be substituted for this)
d.    An express warantee of the authenticity of the item
e.    The specifications of the edition size, if part of a limited edition
f.    The item number, if any, from the edition (this must also be included on the invoice)
g.    A notice of whether the dealer is bonded
h.    Last four digits of the dealer’s resale certificate number
i.    An indication of whether the item was signed in the dealer’s presence, and if so, the date, location, and the name of a witness to the signing.
j.    If the item was not signed in the dealer’s presence, the name and address of the person from whom the item was acquired.

Copies of COAs must be kept for seven years. For a bill written by Republicans, this is a particularly ridiculous paperwork requirement for items worth $5.

2. Post the following sign at your place of business (if bricks and mortar):
“SALE OF AUTOGRAPHED MEMORABILIA: AS REQUIRED BY LAW, A DEALER WHO SELLS TO A CONSUMER ANY MEMORABILIA DESCRIBED AS BEING AUTOGRAPHED MUST PROVIDE A WRITTEN CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AT THE TIME OF SALE. THIS DEALER MAY BE SURETY BONDED OR OTHERWISE INSURED TO ENSURE THE AUTHENTICITY OF ANY COLLECTIBLE SOLD BY THIS DEALER.”

3. If you exhibit at a show principally devoted to signed items, such as art shows, you must make sure sample COAs are on display at the entrances or you are legally prohibited from exhibiting (see section F of the law).

How Can You Avoid This Law

  1. Don’t sell too many signed items
  2. Don’t represent yourself as an expert. Preface comments about signatures with “I’m no expert, but…”
  3. Avoid statements of facts about signatures, like “Signed by the artist on the lower right corner.” Statements of fact suggest knowledge and if you have knowledge, you’re covered by the law. State, instead, “Appears to be signed by the artist…” or “Signed ‘Jane Doe’ in bottom corner.” Note the difference between “Signed ‘Jane Doe'” and “Signed by Jane Doe.” The first is a statement of fact; the second is a conclusion.
  4. Don’t consign signed items to California auctioneers.

What Do Fair Promoters Have to Do

If you organize a book fair, comic book convention, or art fair where signed items are sold or where autographing sessions will be held, you must:

  1. Issue the following notice to exhibitors when they sign up:
    “As a vendor at this collectibles trade show, you are a professional representative of this hobby. As a result, you will be required to follow the laws of this state, including laws regarding the sale and display of collectibles, as defined in Section 1739.7 of the Civil Code, forged and counterfeit collectibles and autographs, and mint and limited edition collectibles. If you do not obey the laws, you may be evicted from this trade show, be reported to law enforcement, and be held liable for a civil penalty of 10 times the amount of damages.”
  2. Display sample COAs at the entrances.
  3. Post in every booth a sign reading:
    “SALE OF AUTOGRAPHED MEMORABILIA: AS REQUIRED BY LAW, A DEALER WHO SELLS TO A CONSUMER ANY MEMORABILIA DESCRIBED AS BEING AUTOGRAPHED MUST PROVIDE A WRITTEN CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AT THE TIME OF SALE. THIS DEALER MAY BE SURETY BONDED OR OTHERWISE INSURED TO ENSURE THE AUTHENTICITY OF ANY COLLECTIBLE SOLD BY THIS DEALER.”

Repeal California’s Terrible Autograph Law

January 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Book Collecting, Bookselling, Feature

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Here’s my New Year’s resolution: Repeal California’s terrible new autograph law.

Sign our Change.org petition to repeal the law.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board called it the worst of the 1000 bills passed in 2016, referring to it as “one truly horrible law” and writing, “This bill never should have passed. The Legislature must fix or repeal it immediately when it resumes business.” So let’s get to it!

As a fitting cumeuppance, the author of the law, Ling Ling Chang, was defeated in her quest for re-election. Here are the bill’s sitting co-sponsors:

Cristina Garcia. State Assembly 58th District. Downey area, Los Angeles

Catharine Baker. State Assembly 16th District. Walnut Creek / Pleasanton, East Bay
William C. Brough. State Assembly 73rd District. San Clemente area, Southern California
James Gallagher. State Assembly 3rd District. Chico, Northern California
Tom Lackey. State Assembly 36th District. Lancaster / Palmdale, Southern California

Benjamin Allen, State Senate 26th District. Santa Monica / Beverly Hills, Los Angeles area
Joel Anderson, State Senate 38th District. Escondido / El Cajon, San Diego area
Tom Berryhill, State Senate 8th District. Fresno area
Janet Nguyen, State Senate 34th District. Santa Ana area, Southern California

[More blog posts on AB1570]

Top 7 Reasons to Repeal AB1570

1. Most Californians Are Harmed
Nearly everyone in California has a signed item in their possession: a signed book, a piece of art, or perhaps a signed baseball from their childhood.

Under AB1570, when a California consumer sells a signed item worth $5 or more to a reputable dealer, to an art gallery, or via auction, the consumer’s name and address must be included on a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) accompanying it.

This requirement is both an invasion of privacy and represents a danger to the seller, as the COA provides a literal road map for potential thieves.

The law offers not accommodation for items sold to dealers before the law went into effect, thereby retroactively changing the expected privacy of previous transactions.

2. It Partially Repeals the Landmark Reader Privacy Act
The Reader Privacy statute prohibits booksellers from revealing the reading habits of their customers unless compelled by a court order.

AB1570 now requires some booksellers to disclose the reading habits of customers who sell, donate, or otherwise dispose of signed books. The autograph law unintentionally weakens the Reader Privacy Act.

Michael Risher, a lawyer with the ACLU of Northern California, told the New York Times, “The law is an invasion into privacy and should be amended.”

3. The Law Exposes the Very Consumers It Intended to Protect to Lawsuits
For purposes of this law, a “dealer” is defined to include California consumers who sell signed items at auction (Dealer includes … “persons who are consignors … of auctioneers.”)

Any consumer who sells a signed item through an auction house is a consignor and therefore by definition a dealer. When a dealer fails to supply a COA, they are subject to civil action under AB1570.

4. It Compels Auction Houses to Reveal Their Consignors
All auction houses are covered by AB1570, whenever they sell a signed item. In addition to requiring a COA from each consignor, AB1570 requires a second COA from the auction house itself. This COA must include the name and address of the source of the item (the consignor). This provision would cover estate auctions, auction sales of signed artwork, signed books, or signed entertainment memorabilia.

Confidentiality of consignors is a tenet of auction houses. The New York Times recently quoted a representative of Bloomsbury Auctions as saying, “one of the fundamental cornerstones of the auction world is our client’s privacy.” Not anymore; not in California. This puts California auctioneers at a distinct disadvantage.

 5. New Bookstores Seem to Be Covered By the Law If They Sell Online (and they all do)
Many aspects of AB1570 are maddeningly vague, but this is the single worst sentence in the single worst law of the year:

Dealers, to whom the law applies, “includes a person engaged in a mail order, telephone order, online, or cable television business for the sale of collectibles [signed items].” (1739.7(a)(4)(a)).

Rewording it: This law applies to anyone engaged in the online sale of signed items. So, if a new bookstore holds an author signing and then offers the signed books on its website, it is engaged in the online business of selling signed items.

There is a temptation to read “engaged in business” as primarily in the business, but engaged is, in fact, a much lower threshold, that is met with even a small volume of business. Businesses primarily engaged in the selling signed items are covered by other sections of the law, so presumably the legislature meant to extend the law to a much broader group of online sellers.

It should be noted that once someone meets the definition of dealer that all signed items sold by that business must have COAs.

6. Seven Years of Recordkeeping Is Ridiculous for a $5 Item
Dealers are required to keep copies of the COAs they issue for seven years and they are required to issue COAs for items priced at as little as $5.

7. AB1570 Hurts Book Fairs and Art Shows
Out-of-state dealers are required to comply with the autograph law when exhibiting at shows in California. Show promoters are required to notify dealers that they are subject to legal action for failing to comply. Already, this law has caused two dealers to cancel participation in the 50th Annual California Antiquarian Book Fair. The law will also deter out-of-state art dealers from exhibiting in California. This will ultimately hurt collectors.

 


Local Books Sale Saturday

November 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Eureka Books, Feature, Local Authors

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This Saturday, November 26, join us for the nationwide IndiesFirst celebration. We’re having a sale with 20% off all local books and books by local authors. Plus, we’re having a free drawing to win signed books, like Writings on the Wall, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Strangers in Their Own Land, by Arlie Hochschild, and many more.


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