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Everyone Gets A Book!

December 9th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Blog, Eureka Books, Feature

Make everyone happy this holiday season when everyone gets a book from Eureka Books!

For the last 31 years, Eureka Books has hand-picked our eclectic and interesting selection of books to fit this one-of-a-kind community. We’re known as he “old-book” store, and we always have thousands of good used books and uncommon first editions.

But if you haven’t visited our beautiful Victorian storefront in Old Town in a while, you may not realize that Eureka Books has the largest section of new books in town. We stock thousands of new titles, and if we don’t have what you are looking for, we can probably get it in a day or two.

Come by and get a copy of our list of recommendations or talk with our expert booksellers who can find just the right book for everyone on YOUR list!


List 34: Cuban Artist Books

November 28th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Book Arts, Catalog, Feature 3, New Arrivals

Cuadernos PapiroEureka Books List 34: Cuban Artist Books from Cuadernos Papiro.

I discovered Editorial Cuadernos Papiro at the Havana Book Fair in 2015 and was immediately taken with these very Cuban fine press books, printed letterpress on handmade paper in small editions. As an antiquarian bookseller, I probably should not admit that most fine press books leave me cold. Their precision and sparkling elegance has never appealed to me, but Cuadernos Papiro books are different. The books are organic. The paper is thick and reveals its plant origins, or it is made from recycled paper left coarse enough to offer hints of its former use. The illustrations often employ found objects, as collage elements or printing plates. Cuadernos Papiro prints works by once-banned or exiled authors and incorporates references to that history into its designs. The printing quality, particularly in the first years of the press, is often rough, but improves over time. The following selection shows the progression of the press and its increasing confidence in machines, materials, and processes. While not well known, Cuadernos Papiro is an exciting and often brilliant modern fine press.—Scott Brown

Our list is available as a pdf.


Banned Booksellers Week Ends!

November 4th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Book Collecting, Bookselling, Feature 2

UPDATED: Nov. 7. 1830GMT

Banned Booksellers Week is over early. After a three-day protest by 580 booksellers in 27 countries, the Amazon subsidiary Abebooks.com reversed its decision to withdraw from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, South Korea, and Poland.

Following a meeting between Arkady Vitrouk, Abebooks’s CEO, and Sally Burdon, the president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), Burdon released the following statement: “It is with great pleasure I report to you that the booksellers in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia and South Korea will be able to continue to trade on Abebooks into the future if they wish to. They will not be cut off this month nor in the future.” Other affected countries, including Poland, will also be allowed to continue to participate on the Abebooks platform.

Antikvariát Valentinská, one of the largest antiquarian booksellers in Prague, had expected to lay off as many as five employees if Abebooks had gone through with its plans. Following Burdon’s announcement, the owners, Jan and Ondrej Schick said, “You have achieved something we have only dreamed of: You have demonstrated that virtues like selfless solidarity and support have a value beyond the interests and decisions of a company however large it may be.”

Adam Bosze, the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Hungary (Magyar Antikváriusok Egyesülete), concurred: “I would like to express my deep gratitude for your effort changing directions at Abebooks. I would not have thought that we’ll succeed, but you showed the real meaning of our motto,” Amor librorum nos unit (the love of books unites us).

Additional Information

Final list of participating booksellers

New York Times story on the Abebooks protest. Republished in the Boston Globe and Seattle Times.

Rare Booksellers Rallied Against An Amazon-Owned Company and Won

The Guardian (UK) 6 November 2018

Participating Utah booksellers featured in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)

Summary of NY Times story in the San Francisco Chronicle (in paper 6 Nov 18)

Shelf Awareness story

Weekly Standard

In response to Abebooks’ action, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (UK) cancelled Abebooks’ sponsorship of the London international book fair in 2019.

Story on French book news site ActuaLitte. And a second article.

Geekwire, 5 November 2018: “Hundreds of international booksellers go ‘on vacation’ to protest move by Amazon’s AbeBooks”

French Book Trade Publication Livres Hebdo, 5 November 2018: “Les libraires de livres anciens appellent au boycott d’Abebooks”

Antiques Trade Gazette

Russian press story.

Aus dem Antiquariat [German periodically covering the antiquarian book trade]. 5 November 2018: “Urlaubswelle im November” and 3 November 2018 “Proteste gegen Abebooks” 

EcommerceBytes – online publication for online sellers

International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) summary


Rare William Saroyan Paintings

August 23rd, 2018  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Feature 2

Original artwork of the novelist, playwright, and short story writer William Saroyan were on display at Eureka Books for Arts Alive in September 2018. His tales of Armenian immigrant life in California resonated with many more Americans as is evidenced by his many awards. This acclaimed author of The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, The Time of Your Life, and The Human Comedy loved making art as well a telling stories. Come see the works for yourself and maybe even take one home.

“I made drawings before I learned how to write. The impulse to do so seems basic – it is both the invention and the use of language.”
— William Saroyan

We’ll be adding more to our facebook page. Here is the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/659343757772541/

 


Amy Stewart Just Won’t Quit

August 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Events, Feature, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart (cover)

Eureka Books’ writer-in-virtual-residence Amy Stewart’s fourth Kopp Sisters novel comes out on September 11. Signed first editions are now available for pre-orders, online or in the store. Your order will ship or be available for pickup on publication day.

 

 

 

 

Constance may just have turned 40, but this tough-minded, generous-hearted believer in second chances and equal rights for women looks set for many more adventures. A welcome addition to this sui generis series, always fresh thanks to its vividly imagined characters firmly grounded in historical fact.”

—Kirkus, starred review

After a year on the job, New Jersey’s first female deputy sheriff has collared criminals, demanded justice for wronged women, and gained notoriety nationwide for her exploits. But on one stormy night, everything falls apart.

While transporting a woman to an insane asylum, Deputy Kopp discovers something deeply troubling about her story. Before she can investigate, another inmate bound for the asylum breaks free and tries to escape.

In both cases, Constance runs instinctively toward justice. But the fall of 1916 is a high-stakes election year, and any move she makes could jeopardize Sheriff Heath’s future—and her own. Although Constance is not on the ballot, her controversial career makes her the target of political attacks.

With wit and verve, book-club favorite Amy Stewart brilliantly conjures the life and times of the real Constance Kopp to give us this “unforgettable, not-to-be messed-with heroine” (Marie Claire) under fire in Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit.

“Suspenseful . . . boasts a deeper emphasis on character, politics, and social issues. A must for Constance’s growing fan base.”

—Booklist, starred review


Brave New Bookseller Wanted!

August 16th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Bookstore, Eureka Books, Feature 2

Now Hiring!

Eureka Books is looking for a New Book Maven to manage our ever-growing new merchandise division. While we may be best-known for our used and rare offerings, Eureka Books also stocks thousands of new titles as well as greeting cards, pens, journals, and even coffee mugs.

We are looking for a booklover who, with training, can manage our new books and merchandise offerings, selecting books and cool gifts, ordering from publishers and suppliers, and putting it all into clever, eye-catching displays.

Bookstore experience is preferred; solid retail experience is a must. The confidence to pick books and merch that will appeal to Humboldt’s unique sensibility is required, as is the humility to recognize missteps and adapt accordingly.

This position is full-time (40 hours per week) and requires weekend availability. Salary is $14-15/hour, DOE, with health benefits, two-weeks paid vacation, a cell phone allowance, and a generous store discount.

Please submit a paper resume and cover letter to apply (electronic submissions are not accepted – we’re a bookstore, we like paper!).


Vintage Children’s Books Event for Arts Alive! Saturday 8/4

July 16th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

Eureka Books showcases our collection of Vintage Children’s Books we usually keep up on the top shelves in the kids section. Check out some unforgettable and/or regrettable selections from the world of children’s literature. Old scout manuals, classics you forgot about, pop-up books, and more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/227578284530715/


Annual 4th of July Street Sale

June 24th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Bookstore, Eureka Books, Humboldt County

To celebrate the 4th of July with the rest of Old Town, Eureka Books sets up on the street for our legendary 4th of July Street Sale. Hundreds of books for $1 and many boxes of comic books at 2 for $1. From 10 am to 5 pm local and visiting Independence Day celebrants find amazing bargains on the street. It’s an annual tradition as American as apple pie. Here’s our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/472005426552266/

 

 


Bigfoot at Arts Alive with Kelly Myers

May 31st, 2018  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Eureka Books, Humboldt County

Kelly Myers found Bigfoot all around Humboldt and captured the furry beast in her coloring book Bigfoot in Humboldt which we will feature at Arts Alive in July. Come color a page, peruse the other bigfoot materials, and feel the love of Bigfoot in Humboldt!


Writers on the Wall

May 20th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Eureka Books, Feature 3

 

Writers on the Wall, an exhibition of works by well-known authors that are suitable for framing. Among the items on display will be signed photographs from science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, library catalog cards autographed by Larry McMurtry, and rare paintings and silkscreens by Kurt Vonnegut. Ask to see some of our selection next time you are in the store.

 


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