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Book Clubs Save at Eureka Books

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

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.


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

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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.


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


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.





Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits With Gun

June 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blogs, Events, Feature, Local Authors

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Amy Stewart, Humboldt County’s best-selling local author (and co-owner of Eureka Books), has a new book out this fall: Girl Waits With Gun. GWWG, as we’ve been referring to it, is a novel that begins with a crash. A speeding automobile destroyed their horse-drawn carriage in 1914, and what should have been a simple traffic accident led to blackmail, kidnapping threats, and a shoot-out, all of which actually happened. We’ll have signed copies for sale on the publication date, September 1. Amy will give a talk and a reading at the Eureka Theater on October 3 (during Arts Alive).


Read. Swap. Repeat.

May 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blogs, Books, Bookstore, Feature

READ-SWAP-REPEATAt Eureka Books, you can now swap your (gently) used books for almost anything in the store, even new books and most special orders.

Up until now, swap credit was good for used books in the store only. With the new program, you can trade your used books for new books, too. A very few exceptions apply.

In addition to books, swap credit is good for maps, prints, t-shirts, tote bags, pouches and greeting cards.  Nearly everything in the store — and most things we can order — can be bought with swap credit.

So read, swap, and repeat. Expand your mind; help save the planet.


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.


Nov. 1 Book Launch Party for Both Sides of the Bluff by Jerry Rohde

July 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blogs, Books, Events, Feature, Local Authors

scott bsb coverJerry Rohde will be giving a free lecture and signing his new book, Both Sides of the Bluff, at Eureka Theater on November 1, 2014.  Eureka Theater is located at 612 F Street.

The lecture is at 5 p.m. and the book signing is from 6-9 p.m.  The event is sponsored by Booklegger and Eureka Books.

Pre-Ordering Now Available!

Can’t make it to the event? Don’t want to wait until November 1 (we will have books by October 23, at the latest)?  Pre-order your copy online now.


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