From time to time, we end up with collections of old photos. It can be depressing to buy up someone else's family history–all those long dead and nearly forgotten faces staring blanking from carte-de-viste photographs and cabinet cards. We adopt them hoping someone else will eventually give them a good home. We have at least a hundred of these photos–all dating from 1880 to 1910–priced at $1 right now. They'd be great for adding period charm to a house or office, or for art projects or altered books. You'll find them at the very back of the store, along with bags of postcards, old ads, and other oddments.
You never know what's going to walk in the front door here at Eureka Books. Today we bought a nice 5th edition (second state, for those who like minutiae) of The Wizard of Oz, dating from about 1925. It has been protected by a reproduction dust jacket, so the book itself if very clean and bright. More pictures after the jump.
Shelf Awareness, the e-newsletter for booksellers, sent a reporter to Eureka last week for an interview. (Okay, she happened to be driving through anyway on her way to someplace else. The point is, we're just happy to be on the way to somewhere.)
Here's the story–scroll down about halfway–and if you're local, know that the May 1 date for our Wicked Plants party is a typo–it's actually happening on Saturday, May 2.
We especially like the part about "the curated ambiance and purpose of Eureka Books." I'm going to be thinking about our 'curated ambiance' this month. Hmmmmm…..
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Not book related, but Dan Barry's story about Humboldt Creamery for the New York Times may be the best story I've ever read about life here in Humboldt County.
Mel (at bottom of picture) from Curley's Grill, dished up their famous Caesar Salad as fast as she could to feed the hordes out on Wednesday night for the 17th Annual Taste of Main Street.
Shelf Awareness, the daily free email blast for the publishing world, ran this photo of Humboldt's finest children's book authors – Natasha Wing, Mary Nethery, and Barbara Kerley. Shelf Awareness even gave Eureka Books credit for publishing the books. That's a job we'd love to hold (if we knew anything about publishing), but Natasha, Mary, and Barbara are actually published by real New York publishing houses. What Shelf Awareness meant to say was that Eureka Books supplied the books sold at a recent event to benefit the Fortuna Friends of the Library.
On a related front, we also donated a gift certificate to the Trinidad Friends of the Library as a prize in their adult spelling bee, to be held as a fund-raiser on March 28. As an indication of the rather sad financing for the library system, this fundraiser generates the money needed to pay the utility bill at the Trinidad branch libary. Call (707) 677-0227 for details on the spelling contest.
On Saturday (March 7, 2009), we had an opening for Augustus "Gus" Clark, a prolific and much-loved Humboldt County painter. He's been making "books" for years by laying loose sheets between heavy boards. They are really quite something, and the public response last night was incredible. At first people weren't sure what to make of them and knowing that you aren't supposed to touch art, they tended to stand in front of them a bit baffled. With a little encouragement, they were soon leafing through them with exuberance.
We also commissioned Clark to paint the covers of blank books, which were very popular. In all, we sold eight pieces last night. In the photo, Gus is holding a coffee cup in the upper right corner.
Katherine Almy, who writes a local art blog, reviewed the show.