EUREKA BOOKS (est. 1987)

426 2nd St. Eureka, CA 95501. Map It
(707) 444-9593
      

Serendipity

Holy Sh*!#$t

October 5th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Serendipity

Serendipity Books' Mystery Section

Jack Irvine, Eureka Books’ co-owner, was the first in the building. He picked up the keys one Saturday with his wife. Confronted by scenes like this, she reportedly wandered around Serendipity Books muttering “Holy shit!” over and over.


It Seems the Family Has Gone For Your Bid

October 5th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Serendipity

The day after my 47th birthday, I received the following email from Bonhams, the auction house hired to disperse the inventory of Serendipity Books, Inc.:

It seems that the family has gone for your bid. I think I can work out all the details next week and give you the ability to start as soon as possible.

Thirty-two words sealed what is by-far the biggest deal in the quarter-century of Eureka Books. The contract requires us to remove all the inventory and includes all the fixtures we want.

Next week in the email turned into next month while the lawyers worked on the contract. We got the keys on September 21, in the midst of a month of vacations at the store, which kept us in Eureka. Since then, we have only spent a few days at Serendipity. On October 7, we start work in earnest.

For all the posts about Serendipity, visit http://eurekabooksellers.com/serendipity/


Serendipity Books

October 5th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blogs, Bookselling, Feature, Serendipity

serendipity-iron

SALE IS OVER. ALL MERCHANDISE IS SOLD

It’s official now, we are the final custodians of Serendipity Books, in Berkeley, one of the great bookstores on the West Coast. After a series of auctions, shelf sales, and wholesale sell-offs, we recently negotiated the purchase of the remaining contents (probably more books than can be currently found inside the four walls of Eureka Books).

NOVEMBER 15 UPDATE: SALE IS OVER. ALL MERCHANDISE IS SOLD

Follow the sale on Facebook for the latest information

For all the posts about Serendipity, visit http://eurekabooksellers.com/serendipity/

Serendipity’s iconoclastic owner, Peter B. Howard, predicted this end to the store more than a decade ago.

Talking to Nicholas Basbanes, who was working on the book Patience and Fortitude, Peter said that “ultimately he would like to see the business pass on to a trusted colleague, but if that possibility does not develop, then he is confident that ‘the books will be liquidated in ways customary to the book business…’ Bookstores, he said, ‘are extremely fragile things, and are almost always one-generational, at least in the United States. They reflect the personality of the founder. I have made my business so big and so complex that no one in their right mind but me would ever want to take the responsibility for it.'”

In the end, no one bookseller did take over the business, but many of Peter’s close colleagues in the rare book trade took on pieces of his legacy, and we’re glad we were able to be part of that.