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Peter Hannaford Signs Washington Merry-Go-Round Sept. 5

August 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Events, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Peter Hannaford Washington Merry Go Round: The Drew Pearson Diaries, 1960-69

Eureka author and long-time aide to Ronald Reagan Peter Hannaford will sign his latest book (his 12th) during Arts Alive on September 5, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Washington Merry-G0-Round, edited by Hannaford, is the diaries of noted journalist Drew Pearson from the turbulent 1960s. Pearson was the best-known investigative journalist of his time and counted presidents, senators, and cabinet officials as confidants and sources. This important new book is published by Potomac Books, the political imprint of the University of Nebraska Press.


Atthys Gage to Sign New Young Adult Novels

August 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, 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.


New Local History Event, August 1

June 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Events, Humboldt County, Local Authors

Scotia and Rio Dell by James Garrison

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.


Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits With Gun

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

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

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).


SIGNED BOOKS AT ARTS ALIVE!

November 10th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Local Authors

Come Join the Party with Local Authors to Celebrate Arts Alive! on December 6.  More than ten authors will be here.  Enjoy the festivities, including wine served by Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival.

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Schedule

6-7:30 p.m.
Amy & Aiko Uyeki.  Sanae, Senryu Poet: Her Life in 5-7-5.  The Poetry of Shizue Harada
Pam Service.   Alien Contact; A Question of Destiny; Being of Two Minds; Stinker from Space; Stinker’s Return; Storm at the Edge of Time; Tomorrow’s Magic; When the Night Wind Howls; and The Not-So-Perfect Planet.
Greg Rumney & Dave Stockton.  1964 Flood of Humboldt and Del Norte
7:30-9 p.m.
Jerry Rohde,  Mount Rainier National Park: Tales, Trails, & Auto Tours; Best Short Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks; Traveling the Trinity Highway; and Both Sides of the Bluff: History of Humboldt County Places, volume .
Amy Stewart.  The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks; Wicked Bugs; Wicked Plants; The Earth Moved; Flower Confidential; and From the Ground Up: The Story of A First Garden.
Pat Bitton and Lauren Sarabia.  Locally Delicious and Lunchbox EnvyMichael Kauffmann.  Conifers of the Pacific Slope and Conifer Country

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

July 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, 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.


Broadsides of local and international poets.

April 12th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Ephemera, Eureka Books, Feature 2, Local Authors, Prints

Eureka Books is exhibiting broadsides of local poets, Jerry Martien and Jim Dodge, along with international writers such as Margaret Atwood and Thich Nhat Hanh, and local artist Amy Uyeki, through April.

Bean-vine broadside by Amy Uyeki


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.


Bookselling & Bartending

May 3rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Local Authors

Eureka Books at NightEureka Books co-owner Amy Stewart‘s essay on author-owned bookstores, with a booze twist, just appeared in Publisher’s Weekly, a trade journal for the book industry:

Doesn’t it seem like bookstores are the latest fashion accessory for authors? We should be shopping for a sensible handbag that doubles as a carry-on, but instead we’re out buying bookstores. Ann Patchett has one, as do Louise Erdrich, Jonathan Lethem, and Garrison Keillor. Larry McMurtry owns several, although I hear he’s consolidating…. [read on]


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