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A Tsunami Boat Comes Home

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

Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome

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.


Atthys Gage to Sign New Young Adult Novels

August 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blogs, Eureka Books, Events, Feature 2, Feature 3, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Cover of Spark, the novel by Arcata, CA, resident Atthys GageOn Saturday September 3, Eureka Books will host a book signing by Arcata resident, Atthys Gage, who  has authored two novels, Spark and Flight of the Wren.  Copies of both books are now available in the store.

Atthys is a musician as well as a writer with a lifelong love for myth, magic, and books. His second real job was in a book store. As was his third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. Eventually he stopped trying to sell books and, about nine years ago, started
writing them. After studying classics at Haverford College, he developed an interest with the ways that ancient stories influence modern storytelling and has always had a fascination for that cloudy borderline between the normal and the paranormal.

Both novels feature a young protagonist, are set in contemporary culture, and mix magical realism with elements of romance, mystery, history, and adventure. Reviewers have described the books as “wonderfully inventive with compelling characters,” “totally engrossing,” “the writing is elegant and evocative,” and “lovely writing with a sense of humor.”

Athys’s reading audience is for those interested in exploring the world of the paranormal in the modern world. Adults and young adults both are drawn to his characters and stories.


Now Hiring an Assistant Manager

July 10th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Bookstore, Feature 3

 

Labor,_Management-sq-smAssistant Manager Position Open

The primary responsibility of this position will be supervising the day-to-day operations of Eureka Books. If something involves a walk-in customer, the Assistant Manager is probably responsible for it. That includes supervising employees, assisting with the selection and purchase of new books and sidelines, merchandising, and helping with buying used books and Internet sales. This is in addition to the sorts of work we all do: customer service, cashier duties, and general bookstore maintenance, such as shelving and organizing.

Applicants should have bookstore or retail management experience. We are especially hoping to find someone familiar with the buying and selling of new books, but people with experience running a retail store, particularly an independent shop with no corporate overlords or fat procedure manual, are encouraged to apply.

To apply (and this is the first test for the position), drop off or mail in a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should provide a summary of your experience and qualifications for the job. We’re in the book business and that means paper. Electronically submitted resumes will get about as much attention as e-books, which is to say the delete key is just one index finger away. While we like paper, we rely on a lot of software programs, so be sure to tell us about your computer experience.

Please don’t spend too much time telling us how much you love books or how you’ve always longed to work in a bookstore. We’ll assume that’s the case, otherwise you’d be applying to work at BevMo. If you are also applying to work at BevMo, good luck, but we’re not looking for someone who simply wants any old retail job.

This is not a cush job, but it is an interesting one (we think). We work hard, all day. You will not have any time to read on the job (a common misconception about bookstores), though we expect you to be the sort of person who reads a lot in your off hours. If we ask you for an interview, be prepared to field a lot of specific questions about this, which thus far no one has faked their way through.

You will also not have time to be bored. You will be challenged constantly and faced with surprisingly complex problems that need to be solved on the fly. On the same day, you may interact with a homeless person, an avid reader looking for advice choosing a title for a book club, a teenager trying to decide what to read after the Divergent series, the curator of a prestigious library, and the odd billionaire.

You will be expected to work at least one weekend day as well as some evenings during tourist season and between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our regular shift is very civilized: 9:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. We work hard to keep everyone’s schedule the same from week to week, but some flexibility in scheduling is required.

The salary for this job is $13.50 to $15.50 per hour, depending on experience. Benefits include health care, 10 days of paid vacation, three days of paid sick leave, a couple of paid holidays, and an iPhone or an iPhone allowance (we do a lot of communicating through iMessage). Two to four hours of overtime is typical each week for the assistant manager, and will be paid at time-and-half. We can also help with relocation expenses.

Like most bookstores, we trend liberal but we are a store and by definition, capitalist, so we actually make some effort to cater to Republicans and Libertarians. (Yes, we have the new Bill O’Reilly book.) We are more likely to talk about the Giants than the Democrats. Openness to a diversity of opinions is required.

The application period starts now and ends when we hire someone. Procrastination is not a qualification for this job.

Eureka Books • 426 2nd Street, Eureka, CA 95501 • 707-444-9593

 


Eureka Books in the Huffington Post

January 27th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Bookstore, Feature 3

 

Eureka Books in the Huffington PostWe’re thrilled to have been selected as one of 10 Beautiful Bookstores That Will Stop You in Your Tracks by AbeBooks, a list reissued by The Huffington Post.


Catalog 30: Social Movements

April 27th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blogs, Ephemera, Feature 3

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Eureka Books Catalog 30: Social Movements is available as a pdf.

Internment Camps, Black Panthers, Amistad Case, Young Lords, Civil Rights, Paños, UFW, and more.


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.


Cool Stuff from Serendipity

November 19th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blogs, Feature 3, New Arrivals, Serendipity

yumyum-smSince the story ran in the Tri-City Weekly, we’ve had a lot of requests about what we brought back from Serendipity Books, in Berkeley. I have to say, the interest caught us a bit unprepared. But we’re making an effort to pull some of the cool and interesting stuff out of boxes and to put it in the shop. Here’s the first bit: R. Crumb’s 1975 Yum Yum Book, a full-color graphic novel retelling of the Grimms fairy tale about the girl who kissed a frog that turned into a prince. The cheapest copies online are selling for $25. We just opened a box, still sealed from the printer after 38 years! and are selling them for just $12.48.


Autumn in Old Town

November 15th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Bookstore, Feature 2, Feature 3

Fall colors are spilling along the street outside Eureka Books.

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We Have a Winner in the Paint Our Building Voting

September 8th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Bookstore, Feature 3

 

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After receiving 961 public votes and accounting for the opinions of the staff and owners of Eureka Books, this paint design created by Carson Park Design is the overall winner in our Paint Our Building poll. Let’s hope the weather holds so we can get the place painted this year!

Thanks to all our customers who voted and offered advice and to the design professionals who helped us (designers Sara Traphagen and Kelly Livingston and the artists Joan Gold and Linda Mitchell). We also extend our appreciation to the Glidden Professional Paint Center at 6th and J Street for letting us take home literally hundreds of paint chip samples. We returned almost all of them, we promise.

For those of you who want full disclosure on the voting, here’s how it worked. The five owners and employees of Eureka Books were given votes. The public was granted an equal say. Each of the six voters could elect a first, second and third choice, and those choices earned 3, 2, or 1 points, respectively. The design with the most points won.

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The public voting was as follows:

Design J: 255 votes and 3 points
Design H: 215 votes and 2 points
Design D: 138 votes and 1 point


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.