Eureka Books is excited to host James R. Garrison, a recent HSU graduate, on Saturday, August 1, 2015, during Arts Alive! (6 to 9 p.m.). James will be signing his new book on Scotia and Rio Dell. The book will be published in mid-July.
Signed 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.
The Humboldt County Historical Society has just released a special limited edition plaque commemorating the wreck of the USS Milwaukee off the coast of Humboldt Bay in 1917. The event was a slow-motion disaster, bringing thousands of people to the beach to watch. The Milwaukee, a naval cruiser, had come to pull a submarine, the H-3, out of the sand, becoming stuck in the process. The submarine was freed from the shifting sands of the Samoa Peninsula, but the Milwaukee became permanently stuck and it broke in two during a storm. The Navy stripped the ship of everything salvageable. The decks were torn apart by the shop classes of Eureka and Arcata schools.
Local naval historian Wallace Martin, author of Sail and Steam on the Northern California Coast, acquired pieces of the decking cut into thin rectangles, perhaps when he was enrolled in shop at Eureka High School a few years after the Milwaukee ran aground. He and his family carefully preserved these relics of Humboldt County history for more than 85 years. They were donated to the society to make these plaques as a fundraiser.
Each plaque includes a piece of the Milwaukee decking, attractively framed below a photograph of the wreck. An official historical society seal and signature marks these as authentic commemoratives. Only 100 were made.
The Milwaukee plaques are only available at Eureka Books and the historical society. $125
Local author Michael Kauffmann will be on hand to sign copies of his new book Conifer Country tonight from 6-9pm during Arts Alive! Conifer Country is a natural history and hiking guide to 35 conifers of the Klamath Mountain region.
The Times-Standard published an article on the book:
When Michael Kauffmann began hiking through Humboldt County’s forests, he noticed something that a more casual hiker might take for granted.
”We have an extraordinary collection of conifers right here,” he said. “In fact, the Klamath mountain region has one of the most diverse assemblages of conifers anywhere on the planet.”
Although redwoods and Douglas firs get most of the attention, he realized that some of the conifers, like the Baker’s cypress and the foxtail pine, are quite rare and obscure.
Kauffmann, who teaches science at Fortuna Union Elementary School and at Humboldt State University, took it upon himself to explore and document the ranges of 35 local species.
In no particular order:
Two Peoples, One Place by historians Freeman House and Ray Raphael provides the best introduction to early Humboldt County history, to about 1885. It's just out in a very nice paperback edition, and we have copies signed by both authors. $19.95
Grave Matters: Excavating California's Buried Past by Tony Platt, an important look at the troubling practice plundering Native American gravesites. A powerful and significant book. A few signed copies remain. $18.95
Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans by Capt. Charles Moore and former Humboldt resident Cassandra Phillips. This is the first-hand story of the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, co-written by a former HSU staffer.\
Redwood Saw by Richard Rothman. Self described as the Franz Kafka of landscape photography, Rothman's portrait of life in Del Norte County, combines images of redwoods, portraits of working class people, and unexpected nudes. The title suggests images of logging, but Redwood Saw refers to the name of a run-down looking shop in a dismal stripmall. This book is not for everyone, but it hangs together as a single artistic statement in a way no other photobook on the North Coast ever has. Limited to just 1500 copies and not available online. $65
Humboldt Heartland by Andy Westfall. Two photobooks about the Redwood Coast could not be more different than Humboldt Heartland and Redwood Saw. Andy Westfall spent years photographing the ranchers of Humboldt County and this book is a stunningly beautiful portrait of rural life in some of the most remote landscapes of California. Andy tells us that fewer than 100 copies remain and it probably will not be reprinted. If the $75 price deters you, I'm reasonably confident that the price will only go up once it's out of print.
Fup by Jim Dodge. A worldwide phenomenon, that still sells well across the globe after nearly three decades, this charming, magical tale is back in a new edition. Everyone with a love of literature or a sense of humor should have a copy. At $9.95 for a signed copy, you'd be crazy not to pick one up.
The Pacific Crest Trailside Readers (two volumes, available separately, for California and Oregon & Washington). Local authors Rees Hughes and Corey Lee Lewis edited this anthology of writing about the wilderness trail that snakes from Mexico to Canada. Local artist Amy Uyeki provided the woodblock illustrations.
Kinetic Sculpture Racing by Duane Flatmo. The perfect stocking stuffer—the commemorative booklet put out by local artist extraordinaire Duane Flatmo to celebrate his 30th year participating in Humboldt's kookiest event. Signed copies, while they last, are $7.95
California Indian Languages by Victor Golla. It's rare that a scholar's life's work is condensed into a single book, and if you think of it that way, the $90 price tag does not seem that extravagent. In case you might mistake this for a dense linguistics tome, it is actually quite accessible and contains a tremendous amount of local history unavailable in any other book.
Son of Field Notes by Barry Evans. Our local scientist for the masses collects more of his essays on science from the North Coast Journal.