Still looking for gift ideas (or like me, just starting to think about them)? On Saturday, Eureka Books will be hosting about a dozen local authors who will be glad to inscribe a book to that special person on your gift list.
Our local author festival starts at 1:00 with children’s story hour with Natasha Wing, Mary Nethery, Pamela Service, and Marie Raphael reading from their books.
At 3 p.m., the adult authors will be in the store: Ray Raphael, Amy Stewart, Cecelia Holland, Terry McLaughlin, Linda and Matt Morehouse, and David Hobbs.
Natasha Wing is the author of the Night Before series, short rhyming picture books about the holidays. The Night Before New Year’s is her latest in the series. She is also the author of An Eye for Color, about the abstract painter Josef Albers. The New York Public Library recently placed the book on its list of recommended books for children.
Mary Nethery‘s most recent book, Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle, was featured on the Today Show and was recently #2 on the New York Times bestseller list (it’s #3 this week). This is a great story—and I don’t even like dogs.
Pamela Service is having great success with her latest line of chapter books (good for 8-12 year olds): the Alien Agent series, about a young boy who is sure he’s from another planet, is a lot of fun and is selling well nationally.
Marie Raphael has written chapter books suitable for teenagers. Her books are thoroughly researched but fictional stories about young immigrants coming to America at the turn of the 20th century.
Ray Raphaelhas been writing people’s histories for forty years. He’s written a number of books about Humboldt County, including Two Peoples, One Place, and he is the acclaimed author of four books about the American revolution—most recently Founders.
Amy Stewart writes about nature and gardening. Her last two books, Flower Confidential and Wicked Plants, have been New York Times bestsellers.
Cecelia Holland, from Fortuna, has been writing historical fiction since the 1960s and has nearly 30 books to her name. Her most recent are The High City, set during the Byzantine Empire, and Varanger, part of a Viking saga.
Terry McLaughlin, once an English teacher, now a Harlequin romance writer. Her latests, A Small-Town Reunion, is set in Carnelian Cove, a town remarkably like Eureka, somewhere on California’s Lost Coast.
Matt and Linda Morehouse run a publishing company in Arcata but in their spare time, they are cast-iron cooking enthusiasts. The will be here signing their book Cast Iron Cuisine. Now in its second printing.
David Hobbs, author of Out of the Fire: A Life Radically Changed, came to Humboldt State in 1965, fought fires for the forest service, was part of one of the first marijuana raids in Arcata, and then found religion.