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Arts Alive! with Augustus Clark!

March 8th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


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.

The Great Encyclopedia Countdown

March 5th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


A couple of weeks ago, we went out to a customer's house to buy some books. He was moving and wanted to clear some space. We selected several dozen volumes of contemporary world history to buy and after we reached a deal, we loaded up the car. As we were getting ready to go, he said, "What about the encyclopedia?"

Admittedly, it was a much nicer than usual Victorian-era encyclopedia, in very good condition and illustrated with thousands of engravings. It's not dated, but this copy of the English Cyclopaedia (London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co.) dates from the mid-1870s. It is divided into Geography (2 volumes), Biography (3 volumes), Natural History (2 volumes), and Arts & Sciences (4 volumes). It must run 10,000 pages.

But we already have a Victorian-era encyclopedia in the store and didn't need another one. So we made our excuses and tried to leave.

To which our customer said, No encyclopedia, no deal. He was moving and couldn't take the encyclopedia. After a bit more haggling, we packed up the encyclopedia and took it back to the store.

We don't have space for it, and so it will be gone by the end of the month, and here's how:

The price started at $300 on March 1. Every morning when we open the store, the price drops $10.

So today, the price is $260.

On March 15, it will be $160.

On March 31, it will be free.

UPDATE: The set sold for $130 to a nice young woman who said, "I have so many books at home, I might as well have some that will look nice in the living room."

I Hope We Don’t Look This Goofy in Person

March 1st, 2009  |  by  |  published in Bookstore

Staff photo by bob doran

We're helping to judge a Flash Fiction contest sponsored by the North Coast Journal. One of their photographers, Bob Doran, came by and took this picture of us last week. Since the contest was for fiction under 100 words, we decided to pose with small books. From left to right: Jess Friedlander, Mark Shikuma, Amy Stewart, and Scott Brown.

Bob has posted more photographs of Humboldt County's independent booksellers here.

Blogging, Old School

February 24th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


Recently discovered on our shelves, a small pamphlet describing Amateur Journalism, the 19th-century version of blogging, with participants printing their missives with lead type and using a letterpress.

To quote:

Amateur journalism is "the occupation, or perhaps pursuit, of a
fraternity of boys and girls, young men and women of America, who edit
and publish small papers of their own, for the purpose, mainly, of
self-culture, and the exchange of their ideas upon various topics, the
dissemination of amateur news, and the discussion of many interesting
questions incident to the existence of the fraternity."

satisfaction of seeing mention made of his venture is only equaled by
that experienced when beholding his own name, for the first time, at
the head of the editorial column of his journal." And when the reviews
are not good, the amateur journalist "scans the papers containing them
for any flaws they may possess, and is at once eager to issue another
number and annihilate his audacious critics."

Sounds a lot like
old-school blogging to me.

In doing research on this bit of history, I discovered that the National Amateur Press Association still exists and still exchanges printed papers among its members.

Amateur Journalism A Pamphlet Explaining Its Aims, Interest and Extent, with Instructions for Becoming Connected Therewith.

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia: Finlay A. Grant, 1884. First printing. 16 pages, printed on pink paper and bound in purple wrappers. Not in OCLC. Good only. The staples have corroded and have eaten away the paper at the spine and there is an old dampstain at the top edge. $45

How You Know Your Store Is in Humboldt County

February 17th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


When the box of books you bought in Southern Humboldt has this in the bottom. In the local parlance, these folks were growing "tomatoes."

A Sneak Preview of the March Arts Alive Show

February 15th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

Not Your Average Bookstore Event

February 14th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

Apple collage

Last November, we invited local apple farmers into the store for Arts Alive, a monthly Old Town arts event. They sliced apples from their orchard and one of Eureka Books' co-owners, Peggy Irvine, exhibited her wonderful colored pencil portraits of local Humboldt apples.  What a night!

Just In – World War Two Posters

January 14th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


We just acquired 50 or more World War II posters. What's a little sexist stereotyping if it was good for the war effort? Stop in and take a look. Priced from $15.

Local Author Barbara Kerley in the New York Times

January 11th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Books

Kudos to local author Barbara Kerley for the great review in the New York Times. We've got signed copies in the store, but we don't expect them to last, so get down here now if you want one.  With the Obama girls moving into the White House, this book is a great way to get kids interested in the new First Family, and the kids who have lived in the White House before them.

The Times says, "Kerley reveals the essence of Alice in an upbeat account of her life,
dramatizing Alice’s love of “eating up the world,” as she put it….“I give a good show,” Alice proclaimed. That she did, as Kerley and Fotheringham demonstrate with verve. "

Congrats, Barbara!

Here's a photo of our oh-so-glamorous local children's authors, Barbara Kerley, Natasha Wing, and Mary Nethery at our holiday children's book event:

Childrens authors

Botanical Atrocities

December 6th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


So once again, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is teetering on the brink and has turned to selling off rare books to make ends meet (or more accurately, pay their **creditors** 30 cents on the dollar).

On December 11, at Sotheby's, at least six rare botanicals will be going on the block. This deaccessioning has been done quietly, but these six lots have Mass Hort bookplates. Nicholas Basbanes' article on a previous gutting of the MHS library (still touted on its website as "renowned for its collection of books related to early agriculture, horticulture, and landscape design.") can be read here.

**Thanks, Wystan**