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Harvesting Books

September 14th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Book Arts

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Book artist Sandy Vrem, harvesting some of the 1,000 books that members of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild (norbag.net) made as a benefit for literacy here in Humboldt County. The books are $1 each, with all proceeds going to the Humboldt Literacy Project. Fewer than half remain, so come in and get some while they're still available.

(Photo by Ellen Golla, taken September 4, 2010, during the opening of the 3rd annual NORBAG show)


Pulp Mill Art Show Opens Tomorrow

March 5th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

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If you're out and about for Arts Alive on Saturday evening, drop in to see our show of paintings and photographs of the pulp mill. The mill is one of the industrial landmarks of Humboldt County, sitting on the bay on the Samoa peninsula, right across from Eureka. For many decades, the pulp mill emitted rather foul smelling sulfurous smoke from its towering smokestack. Environmental upgrades reduced the odor and a slack market for pulp that has kept the plant offline most of the time lately, greatly improved the air quality in town.

But for all its faults, the mill employed quite a few people and most landscape artists in Humboldt County painted or photographed it at one point. Since the mill manufactured the raw ingredients for paper, we asked Ellen Golla, past president of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild (website and blog), to demonstrate papermaking with dried pulp. It should be a fun evening.

(Image courtesy of Brandon Truscott)


Local Author Fest This Saturday

December 9th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

Books-by-local-authors-smStill looking for gift ideas (or like me, just starting to think about them)? On Saturday, Eureka Books will be hosting about a dozen local authors who will be glad to inscribe a book to that special person on your gift list.

Our local author festival starts at 1:00 with children’s story hour with Natasha Wing, Mary Nethery, Pamela Service, and Marie Raphael reading from their books.

At 3 p.m., the adult authors will be in the store: Ray Raphael, Amy Stewart, Cecelia Holland, Terry McLaughlin, Linda and Matt Morehouse, and David Hobbs.

Children’s Authors

Natasha Wing is the author of the Night Before series, short rhyming picture books about the holidays. The Night Before New Year’s is her latest in the series. She is also the author of An Eye for Color, about the abstract painter Josef Albers. The New York Public Library recently placed the book on its list of recommended books for children.

Mary Nethery‘s most recent book, Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle, was featured on the Today Show and was recently #2 on the New York Times bestseller list (it’s #3 this week). This is a great story—and I don’t even like dogs.

Mycousin-sm Pamela Service is having great success with her latest line of chapter books (good for 8-12 year olds): the Alien Agent series, about a young boy who is sure he’s from another planet, is a lot of fun and is selling well nationally.

Marie Raphael has written chapter books suitable for teenagers. Her books are thoroughly researched but fictional stories about young immigrants coming to America at the turn of the 20th century.

Adult Authors

Ray Raphaelhas been writing people’s histories for forty years. He’s written a number of books about Humboldt County, including Two Peoples, One Place, and he is the acclaimed author of four books about the American revolution—most recently Founders.

Amy Stewart writes about nature and gardening. Her last two books, Flower Confidential and Wicked Plants, have been New York Times bestsellers.

Cecelia Holland, from Fortuna, has been writing historical fiction since the 1960s and has nearly 30 books to her name. Her most recent are The High City, set during the Byzantine Empire, and Varanger, part of a Viking saga.

Terry McLaughlin, once an English teacher, now a Harlequin romance writer. Her latests, A Small-Town Reunion, is set in Carnelian Cove, a town remarkably like Eureka, somewhere on California’s Lost Coast.

Castiron-sm Matt and Linda Morehouse run a publishing company in Arcata but in their spare time, they are cast-iron cooking enthusiasts. The will be here signing their book Cast Iron Cuisine. Now in its second printing.

David Hobbs, author of Out of the Fire: A Life Radically Changed, came to Humboldt State in 1965, fought fires for the forest service, was part of one of the first marijuana raids in Arcata, and then found religion.


Locally Delicious Booksigning Tonight

December 5th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Humboldt County, Local Authors

LocallydeliciousArts Alive is tonight and we have the “Heirloom Tomatoes” and their brand new cookbook, Locally Delicious: Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast, in the store from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This cookbook based around food grown in Humboldt County is illustrated in full color and has pages of resources for finding local produce and products.

On our art wall, we have some of the color photographs by local artists used to illustrate the book.

This is the last Arts Alive before Christmas and we expect a large turnout. Plus we’ll have free local and delicious food and beverages. We hope to see you there. (For the record, the Heirloom Tomatoes are Ann Anderson, Martha Haynes, Ann King, Carol Moné, Lauren Cohn-Sarabia, and Suzanne Simpson.)

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Apple Art and Tasting

October 23rd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

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This is a preview of some of the new apple portraits we'll be displaying in November. These life-size color pencil drawings by Peggy Irvine depict heirloom apples from Humboldt County. This is our second show of Irvine's botanical illustrations, and once again, we're inviting growers to the store for an apple tasting on Saturday, November 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. (during Arts Alive). Last year, we had more than two dozen varieties of apples on hand. See you then!


A Sneak Preview of the March Arts Alive Show

February 15th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive


Not Your Average Bookstore Event

February 14th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

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Last November, we invited local apple farmers into the store for Arts Alive, a monthly Old Town arts event. They sliced apples from their orchard and one of Eureka Books' co-owners, Peggy Irvine, exhibited her wonderful colored pencil portraits of local Humboldt apples.  What a night!


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