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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.


A Reply to The Scrivener and the Seattle Review of Books

October 5th, 2016  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Blog, Bookselling

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Phew! That’s a relief.

That is the headline from earlier today in the Seattle Review of Books, which published a critique of the hue and cry raised over the new California law governing signed items, including books.

The post claims that “the law blog Scrivener’s Error sets that bookstore straight,” asserting that AB 1570 does not apply to bookstores.

As the owner of “that” bookstore, I feel the need to respond.

In the first place, my post was headlined, “Your Signed Books and Artwork Just Got Harder to Sell in California [emphasis added].” My main point is that the law requires me to give your name and address to the buyer of any book you sell me that happens to be signed. The law applies to everything over $4.99. If you sell anything signed at auctionyou have to provide a certificate of authenticity to the buyer. If the item turns out to be a fake or you fail to provide at COA, the buyer can sue you for ten times damages, plus court costs. Before this law, the auction house provided authentication services and stood between you and the ultimate buyer. Not any more.

This law covers anything signed that sells for more than $4.99: used paperback books, signed first editions, greeting cards, paintings, signed prints and photographs, signed glassware, etc. Virtually everyone in California has items that meet that definition, and everyone’s stuff eventually gets sold, either voluntarily or by their heirs.

The Seattle Review of Books and Scrivener’s Error are correct that the new law probably doesn’t apply to general bookstores. I never claimed it did.

What I said and still maintain is that for some of the largest and most important independent bookstores, the law could hamper their ability to host author events. That opinion comes from Bill Petrocelli, an attorney whose wife runs Book Passage, one of the most important bookstores in California. They depend heavily on book signings and could qualify as dealers under the law. Unlike the previous law governing sports collectibles and art multiples, which had no enforcement provisions, this law calls for ten times civil damages, a number that can quickly attract frivolous lawsuits.

As for the law applying to Eureka Books, we are subject to its provisions because we are “experts”, or so we are informed by two different legal counsels. The law therefore applies to everything we sell that is signed.

The issues are complex, but if you want to take a deep dive, complete with sources, please read on.


Your Signed Books and Artwork Just Got Harder to Sell in California

September 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Blog, Bookselling, Feature 2

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Background on AB1570, a new law covering autographed items in California

More on AB1570 here.

On September 9, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1570 Collectibles: Sale of Autographed Memorabilia into law.

The law requires dealers in any autographed material to provide certificates of authenticity (COA) for signed item sold for $5 or more.

The idea is to crack down on fraudulent autograph sales. “That sounds pretty reasonable,” you are probably thinking. I, too, can get behind the motive.

Unfortunately for you, the consumer, the legislators never seem to have considered that buyers of autograph material eventually become sellers of autograph material.

Let’s say you like to go to author events and get books signed. Eventually, your shelves fill up, and you want to trade books in at a shop like Eureka Books.

Guess what? Remember that Certificate of Authenticity that sounded so reasonable? Well your name and address has to go on the certificate of authenticity because I (as the person issuing the COA) have to say where I got the book. This applies to signed books, artwork, and any other autographed items you own.

[If you are concerned about this legislation, which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, please contact your state legislators]

Maybe you’d like to sell that Morris Graves painting you inherited. You send it to an auction house, where it sells for $40,000. Good for you. But did you supply a Certificate of Authenticity? What? Why do I have to issue a COA? What do I know about authenticating Morris Graves paintings?

Guess what? AB1570 requires YOU, as the owner of the painting, to guarantee its authenticity. And you don’t issue the COA? You can be liable for TEN TIMES damages, plus attorneys fees. Call it a cool half mill, because you didn’t know you were supposed to issue a COA.

Maybe you decide to sell it at an auction house outside of California. Good luck, because if the person who buys your painting lives in the Golden State, the law still applies.

Consumers aren’t the only ones significantly affected by this law.

Consider bookstores that do a lot of author events. Let’s imagine that Neil Gaiman does one of his typical massive book signings in February for his forthcoming book, Norse Mythology. Say 1000 people show up and buy books at $25.95. The bookstore either has to issue 1000 COA, or risk being sued for $25.95 x 1000 x 10, plus attorney’s fees. Call it $300,000.

Is it any wonder that many of California’s best bookstores are very worried that this law will make it much harder to hold book signings and other author events. The legislature and the governor apparently had a similar response, because the law was passed with almost no discussion.

Please contact your state legislator.

Sources
“Your name and address has to go on the certificate”: Section 1739.7b(8) says the COA must “Indicate whether the item was obtained or purchased from a third party. If so, indicate the name and address of this third party.”

“Why do I have to issue a COA?”: Section 1739.7a(4)a:  “Dealer includes an auctioneer who sells collectibles at a public auction, and also includes persons who are consignors or representatives or agents of auctioneers.”


Amy Stewart October 1 at the Eureka Theater

August 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Events, Feature 2

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Amy Stewart Presents the New Kopp Sisters Novel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Eureka Theater
612 F Street
Eureka

A free event! Amy will discuss her new book and then will sign copies afterward. This is her only scheduled event in Humboldt County, so don’t miss it. It’s just one stop on a 30-city nationwide tour.


Sequel to Girl Waits With Gun Coming Sept. 6

August 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Events, Feature, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Stewart_lady-cop-makes-trouble_300Pre-order the new Kopp Sisters novel, to be published Sept. 6.

$26 shipped free in the US.

Eureka author Amy Stewart’s sequel to Girl Waits With Gun, titled Lady Cop Makes Trouble, will be published on September 6. Eureka Books will have signed copies on publication day. We will host a book signing and talk with Amy at the Eureka Theater on October 1 at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars!

Or you can reserve a signed first edition to pick up by calling Eureka Books at 707-444-9593.

“Constance and her sisters are every bit as enjoyable in this outing as their first. Stewart deftly combines the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of early 20th-century New York City with the story of three women who want to live life on their own terms. The addition of supporting female characters who are also pushing societal boundaries is a welcome touch to the series.”—Library Journal Starred Review


Girl Waits With Gun, Now In Paperback

July 4th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Local Authors

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It’s no surprise that Eureka Books’ bestselling book this year is local author Amy Stewart’s first novel, a book based on the true stories of three sisters beset by criminals who fight back in a surprising way. The events in the acclaimed Girl Waits With Gun take place in 1914-1915 in and around Hackensack, New Jersey. GWWG (as we’ve taken to referring to it) is now out in paperback and it makes a perfect addition to your summer reading list. And if you read it now, you won’t have long to wait for the sequel, due out on September 6.


Easton Library Sale

November 28th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

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A Tsunami Boat Comes Home

November 24th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Feature 3, Local Authors

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In 2013, a small boat washed up on the shore near Crescent City. It turned out the boat belonged to a high school in Rikuzentakata, Japan, and that it had washed out to sea during the great tsunami of 2011. Students from Del Norte High School repaired the boat and raised funds to return it. The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome, written by HSU professor emeritus (and local earthquake expert) Lori Dengler, special assistant to the mayor of Rikuzentakata, and local artist-extraordinaire, Amy Uyeki, is a picture book about the boat and the efforts to return it. The book is bilingual, in English and Japanese, and is illustrated in full color. While it is written for elementary-aged children, it is an inspiring story of hope and perseverance.


Peter Hannaford, 1932 – 2015

September 6th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Eureka Books, Local Authors

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Peter Hannaford signing his latest book on the night he died (9/5/2015). Photo © 2015 by Bob Doran. All rights reserved.

Local author Peter Hannaford passed away in his sleep on September 5, 2015, after celebrating the publication of his new book at Eureka Books. Peter spent a long career in public relations and politics and was a close adviser to Ronald Reagan for many years. But in “retirement,” Peter devoted himself to a new career as an author, writing and editing books at a pace that writers even half his age would have found challenging. His most recent effort was editing the diaries of the investigative journalist Drew Pearson. The book was literally hot off the press–it won’t even be officially for sale until September 15. But working with Peter and his publisher, the University of Nebraska Press, we were able to host a book-launch for Arts Alive (September 5, 2015).

We had a good turn out and Peter spent the evening talking with friends and well-wishers, and selling copies of his books. We are all shocked and saddened by his passing, but glad he was able to spend his last night doing what he loved, being an author with a new book. Peter was one of those naturally charismatic people who was liked by everyone who met him. He had led a very interesting life and was an endless source of stories, but even with his 83rd birthday just weeks away, he was still thinking about what was next. His was a full life, lived fully, and there is a lot to admire in that.—Scott Brown, co-owner of Eureka Books

Recent Humboldt County Media for Peter’s book, Washington Merry-Go-Round
For the next few days, you will still be able to listen to the radio interview Peter recorded on KHSU’s Home Page on Wednesday (audio files are available for two weeks).

A profile of Peter ran in the Times-Standard on Saturday.

The photograph of Peter Hannaford, taken during his book signing is courtesy of Bob Doran.

Revised Sept. 9, 2015

Memorial Service
Peter Hannaford’s memorial service is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15th & H Streets, in Eureka. The service is open to the community.

Signed Books: We are out of signed copies of Washington Merry-Go-Round (sorry). We do have a few other books signed by Peter. Call 707-444-9593 for information.

Obituaries and Memorials

National
Washington Post
A proper obit

Washington Times – Describing Peter’s early career with Reagan and his speach-writing

National Review  – On Peter’s role developing Reagan’s weekly radio addresses, which all subsequent presidents have continued.

The Spectator – How Peter helped Ronald Reagan get elected, by keeping him in the public eye during the 1970s.

Breitbart.com – Re-hash of Times-Standard story

Local
Eureka Times-Standard
North Coast Journal
KIEM-TV

Last Column
Peter filed this story with The Spectator on the Friday before he passed away: Misspelled Words Give Me LOL

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Best Book of the Year

August 31st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Feature, Local Authors

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Girl Wait’s with Gun, Eureka author Amy Stewart’s seventh book and first novel is showing up on Best Books of the Year lists, including Publisher’s Weekly and the Washington Post.





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