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Arts Alive

Booksigning of “A Scottish Syndicate in the Redwoods”

December 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Feature, Humboldt County

Scottish-Syndicate-coverSigned copies available.  The book tells the tale of a scam perpetrated by three Humboldt County lumbermen who managed two Scottish-owned timber syndicates.  “Some of the most notorious instances of fraud that the U.S. Land Office uncovered in acquiring public timberland occurred in the redwoods,” said Shepherd.


Medical Caricatures Exhibit during Arts Alive!.

September 28th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

Artists embellished medical conditions, treatments, and lampooned practitioners.  The bizarre therapeutics and massive doses of medications are depicted in the show.  The public in the nineteenth century, as today, was frustrated with the inefficiency of medical treatments and the high costs of medical care and drugs.  With art and wit, the caricaturists elevated health issues to comic proportions and directed attention to public health problems.  Sequoia Humane Society will be serving wine from 6-9 p.m. Caricature by Adrian Barriere


Exhibit of Collages by Grant Skoglund July 5th

June 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Events, Feature

Local artist Grant Skoglund will exhibit his collages during Arts Alive!.  Skoglund was motivated to construct collages as a form of music in a visual arrangement.  “Being drawn more toward music than visual arts, the notion of composing is a more familiar territory to me,” Skoglund stated.  He uses images from books to render the art.  “When I tried my hand at making collages it was creatively liberating.”  The melody of the collections is mid-twentieth century.  Skoglund will be at the store on Saturday from 6-9 p.m.  The show will run through July. Image of Bathing Beauty collage


WWII Airborne Leaflets Exhibit

May 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Eureka Books, Feature

Starting June 7th, WW II aerial propaganda leaflets will be exhibited at Eureka Books.  Fliers were dropped over enemy territory as a form of psychological warfare.  Leaflets providing “safe conduct passes” also were dispersed, which enemy troops could use to surrender.  This form of propaganda was so popular with the Allied forces that one squadron of B-17 bombers was assigned to scattering pamphlets.  The show will run through the end of June.DSCN0943[1]

German leaflet dropped over England targeted at American soldiers.

 

 


California Bookstore Day

April 15th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Events, Feature, New Arrivals

On May 3rd celebrate your local independent bookstore with the first California Bookstore Day.  Books published exclusively for this event will be available only at participating bookstores.  Eureka Books will have select titles for this occasion, including The Sleeper and the Spindle by famed science fiction author Neil Gaiman, whose contribution to California Bookstore Day is an illustrated edition of a short story inspired by Sleeping BeautyCBD Image Website


New Book on the 1964 Flood

January 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Events, Feature 3, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Web Cover The 1964 Flood of Humboldt and Del Norte (2)With California locked in a severe drought, a new book looks back 50 years to a different extreme event. The 1964 Flood of Humboldt and Del Norte by local authors Greg Rumney and Dave Stockton, Jr. features hundreds of photos of the Great Christmas Flood of the Eel and Klamath Rivers. First came several feet of snow, followed by torrential rains, which melted the snow. To top it off, the third highest tide of the year had backed up debris and water for several miles. At its peak, the Eel River was discharging more than 800,000 cubic feet per second. Stockton grew up in the area and witnessed the flood. Rumney was the recipient of the Rudy Gillard Collection, which comprises the bulk of the photographs in this book. Rumney is shooting a documentary film about the flood, which will be released at the end of the year to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

Check out the Times-Standard article.


Eureka Books December Arts Alive Celebration

December 4th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Feature, Local Authors, New Arrivals

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Eureka Books’ Annual Celebration of Local Writers! Humboldt County is in for a treat on December 7 during Arts Alive. Eight local authors will be at Eureka Books.

December Arts Alive Schedule
6-7 p.m.: Alex Service and Susan O’Hara, Northwestern Pacific Railroad Eureka to Willits, and Wendy Lestina, Our Story: The Ferndale Museum Collected Issues Vol XXXII to XXXIV May 2010 – December 2012.
7-8 p.m.: Michael Kauffmann, Conifer Country and Conifers of the Pacific Slope, and Peter Hannaford, Presidential Retreats:  Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There and Reagan’s Roots.
8-9 p.m.: Joan Dunning, Secrets of the Nest and Seabird in the Forest, Scott H. Brown, Eureka (Then and Now), and Michael Kauffmann.

Two new local history books, Northwestern Pacific Railroad Eureka to Willits by Alex Service and Susan O’Hara, and Our Story, edited by Wendy Lestina, will be featured at the event.

The centennial of the completion of the northern branch of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP) is October 24, 2014.  This momentous anniversary inspired Service and O’Hara to explore the history of the railroad.  “With the question of whether Humboldt’s rail connection can be restored, and dreams of building a new railroad now being hotly debated issues in this county, it seemed a perfect time to take a look back at the railroad’s beginning here, and the vital roles that NWP played in Humboldt County for most of the 20th century,” Service explained.

Our Story is 268 pages of anecdotes, news clippings, photographs, diaries, and other personal accounts of the history of the Eel River Valley.  The stories include, “Corona” Chris Christensen, an old bachelor who had arrived in Eureka on wrecked ship Corona, was told he should marry, he said, “I don’t need any curtains on my windows.” He changed his mind when he was 74.

Joan Dunning will be signing her books Secrets of the Nest and Seabird in the Forest, which features her art work.  “Years ago, while I was researching From the Redwood Forest, I learned how to climb the tall redwoods in my backyard in preparation for climbing almost two hundred feet up into the canopy of the ancient redwood forest (imagine climbing up the outside of a twenty story building), to interview Julia Butterfly Hill,” said Dunning.

Michael Kauffmann, author of Conifer Country and Conifers of the Pacific Slope, explained “these books celebrate our exceptional western landscape, home to the highest conifer diversity in North America, by opening a window into wild places and the natural history found there.” Scott H. Brown continues to show us the history of Humboldt County through his photographs of “then and now.”  He will be at Eureka Books to discuss and sign his book, Eureka (Then and Now), which shows changes of Eureka by comparing historic photographs with current photographs taken by Brown.  Peter Hannaford will be signing his books Presidential Retreats:  Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There and Reagan’s Roots.


Arts Alive June 1: Conifers of the Pacific Slope

May 21st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Events, Feature 2

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Michael Kauffman, author of the hiking guide, Conifer Country, has a new book coming out–a field guide to all 65 species of conifers on the West Coast: Conifers of the Pacific Slope. Conifers are some of the oldest plants on the plant and include a number of world-record holders (and right here in California):

1. The largest living thing: the giant sequoia

2. The tallest living thing: the redwood

3. The oldest living thing: the bristlecone pine

Michael will be at Eureka Books on June 1, from 6 to 9 pm, during Arts Alive. He’ll sign books and answer all your conifer questions.


Eureka: Then and Now

February 21st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blogs, Events, Local Authors

eureka-then-and-now-sqLocal author Scott Brown (not the Scott Brown who works at the store) has just had a new book published: Eureka-Then and Now, which pairs historic photographs with modern images taken in the same location. The book is in stock now.

Come by during Arts Alive! on March 2 (6 to 9 pm) to have him sign your book.


The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart Available Now!

February 7th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Feature 3, Local Authors

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart’s long-awaited book, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, is now available. You can order signed copies here or pick one up at Eureka Books.

The April 6th event will begin at 5 pm with Amy’s only talk in Humboldt County, followed by a cocktail party featuring drinks from the book. Mark your calender.