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Your Signed Books and Artwork Just Got Harder to Sell in California

September 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Blog, Bookselling, Feature 2

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Background on AB1570, a new law covering autographed items in California

More on AB1570 here.

On September 9, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1570 Collectibles: Sale of Autographed Memorabilia into law.

The law requires dealers in any autographed material to provide certificates of authenticity (COA) for signed item sold for $5 or more.

The idea is to crack down on fraudulent autograph sales. “That sounds pretty reasonable,” you are probably thinking. I, too, can get behind the motive.

Unfortunately for you, the consumer, the legislators never seem to have considered that buyers of autograph material eventually become sellers of autograph material.

Let’s say you like to go to author events and get books signed. Eventually, your shelves fill up, and you want to trade books in at a shop like Eureka Books.

Guess what? Remember that Certificate of Authenticity that sounded so reasonable? Well your name and address has to go on the certificate of authenticity because I (as the person issuing the COA) have to say where I got the book. This applies to signed books, artwork, and any other autographed items you own.

[If you are concerned about this legislation, which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, please contact your state legislators]

Maybe you’d like to sell that Morris Graves painting you inherited. You send it to an auction house, where it sells for $40,000. Good for you. But did you supply a Certificate of Authenticity? What? Why do I have to issue a COA? What do I know about authenticating Morris Graves paintings?

Guess what? AB1570 requires YOU, as the owner of the painting, to guarantee its authenticity. And you don’t issue the COA? You can be liable for TEN TIMES damages, plus attorneys fees. Call it a cool half mill, because you didn’t know you were supposed to issue a COA.

Maybe you decide to sell it at an auction house outside of California. Good luck, because if the person who buys your painting lives in the Golden State, the law still applies.

Consumers aren’t the only ones significantly affected by this law.

Consider bookstores that do a lot of author events. Let’s imagine that Neil Gaiman does one of his typical massive book signings in February for his forthcoming book, Norse Mythology. Say 1000 people show up and buy books at $25.95. The bookstore either has to issue 1000 COA, or risk being sued for $25.95 x 1000 x 10, plus attorney’s fees. Call it $300,000.

Is it any wonder that many of California’s best bookstores are very worried that this law will make it much harder to hold book signings and other author events. The legislature and the governor apparently had a similar response, because the law was passed with almost no discussion.

Please contact your state legislator.

Sources
“Your name and address has to go on the certificate”: Section 1739.7b(8) says the COA must “Indicate whether the item was obtained or purchased from a third party. If so, indicate the name and address of this third party.”

“Why do I have to issue a COA?”: Section 1739.7a(4)a:  “Dealer includes an auctioneer who sells collectibles at a public auction, and also includes persons who are consignors or representatives or agents of auctioneers.”


Peter Hannaford, 1932 – 2015

September 6th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Eureka Books, Local Authors

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Peter Hannaford signing his latest book on the night he died (9/5/2015). Photo © 2015 by Bob Doran. All rights reserved.

Local author Peter Hannaford passed away in his sleep on September 5, 2015, after celebrating the publication of his new book at Eureka Books. Peter spent a long career in public relations and politics and was a close adviser to Ronald Reagan for many years. But in “retirement,” Peter devoted himself to a new career as an author, writing and editing books at a pace that writers even half his age would have found challenging. His most recent effort was editing the diaries of the investigative journalist Drew Pearson. The book was literally hot off the press–it won’t even be officially for sale until September 15. But working with Peter and his publisher, the University of Nebraska Press, we were able to host a book-launch for Arts Alive (September 5, 2015).

We had a good turn out and Peter spent the evening talking with friends and well-wishers, and selling copies of his books. We are all shocked and saddened by his passing, but glad he was able to spend his last night doing what he loved, being an author with a new book. Peter was one of those naturally charismatic people who was liked by everyone who met him. He had led a very interesting life and was an endless source of stories, but even with his 83rd birthday just weeks away, he was still thinking about what was next. His was a full life, lived fully, and there is a lot to admire in that.—Scott Brown, co-owner of Eureka Books

Recent Humboldt County Media for Peter’s book, Washington Merry-Go-Round
For the next few days, you will still be able to listen to the radio interview Peter recorded on KHSU’s Home Page on Wednesday (audio files are available for two weeks).

A profile of Peter ran in the Times-Standard on Saturday.

The photograph of Peter Hannaford, taken during his book signing is courtesy of Bob Doran.

Revised Sept. 9, 2015

Memorial Service
Peter Hannaford’s memorial service is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15th & H Streets, in Eureka. The service is open to the community.

Signed Books: We are out of signed copies of Washington Merry-Go-Round (sorry). We do have a few other books signed by Peter. Call 707-444-9593 for information.

Obituaries and Memorials

National
Washington Post
A proper obit

Washington Times – Describing Peter’s early career with Reagan and his speach-writing

National Review  – On Peter’s role developing Reagan’s weekly radio addresses, which all subsequent presidents have continued.

The Spectator – How Peter helped Ronald Reagan get elected, by keeping him in the public eye during the 1970s.

Breitbart.com – Re-hash of Times-Standard story

Local
Eureka Times-Standard
North Coast Journal
KIEM-TV

Last Column
Peter filed this story with The Spectator on the Friday before he passed away: Misspelled Words Give Me LOL

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Peter Hannaford Signs Washington Merry-Go-Round Sept. 5

August 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Events, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Peter Hannaford Washington Merry Go Round: The Drew Pearson Diaries, 1960-69

Eureka author and long-time aide to Ronald Reagan Peter Hannaford will sign his latest book (his 12th) during Arts Alive on September 5, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Washington Merry-G0-Round, edited by Hannaford, is the diaries of noted journalist Drew Pearson from the turbulent 1960s. Pearson was the best-known investigative journalist of his time and counted presidents, senators, and cabinet officials as confidants and sources. This important new book is published by Potomac Books, the political imprint of the University of Nebraska Press.


Atthys Gage to Sign New Young Adult Novels

August 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Eureka Books, Events, Feature 2, Feature 3, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Cover of Spark, the novel by Arcata, CA, resident Atthys GageOn Saturday September 3, Eureka Books will host a book signing by Arcata resident, Atthys Gage, who  has authored two novels, Spark and Flight of the Wren.  Copies of both books are now available in the store.

Atthys is a musician as well as a writer with a lifelong love for myth, magic, and books. His second real job was in a book store. As was his third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. Eventually he stopped trying to sell books and, about nine years ago, started
writing them. After studying classics at Haverford College, he developed an interest with the ways that ancient stories influence modern storytelling and has always had a fascination for that cloudy borderline between the normal and the paranormal.

Both novels feature a young protagonist, are set in contemporary culture, and mix magical realism with elements of romance, mystery, history, and adventure. Reviewers have described the books as “wonderfully inventive with compelling characters,” “totally engrossing,” “the writing is elegant and evocative,” and “lovely writing with a sense of humor.”

Athys’s reading audience is for those interested in exploring the world of the paranormal in the modern world. Adults and young adults both are drawn to his characters and stories.


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

June 26th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Events, New Arrivals

watchman-homepageOn July 14, after 55 years, the beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, will publish her second novel. Go Set a Watchman explores the same events as To Kill a Mockingbird, but from an adult’s perspective. Lee actually wrote this novel first, but it was never published and the manuscript had been lost until recently.

In honor of this exciting new book, Eureka Books and the Eureka Theater are bringing the Oscar-winning film To Kill a Mockingbird to the big screen, for one night only: Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and all proceeds benefit the theater and its restoration (a really good cause!).

When Friday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.
Where Eureka Theater, 612 F Street
What To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck on the big screen

If you buy a copy of Go Set a Watchman from us before the show, we’ll give you a free ticket. So mark your calendars (or call us at 707-444-9593 and reserve a copy of Go Set a Watchman now).

 


New Local History Event, August 1

June 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Events, Humboldt County, Local Authors

Scotia and Rio Dell by James Garrison

Eureka Books is excited to host James R. Garrison, a recent HSU graduate, on Saturday, August 1, 2015, during Arts Alive! (6 to 9 p.m.). James will be signing his new book on Scotia and Rio Dell. The book will be published in mid-July.


Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits With Gun

June 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Events, Feature, Local Authors

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart, Humboldt County’s best-selling local author (and co-owner of Eureka Books), has a new book out this fall: Girl Waits With Gun. GWWG, as we’ve been referring to it, is a novel that begins with a crash. A speeding automobile destroyed their horse-drawn carriage in 1914, and what should have been a simple traffic accident led to blackmail, kidnapping threats, and a shoot-out, all of which actually happened. We’ll have signed copies for sale on the publication date, September 1. Amy will give a talk and a reading at the Eureka Theater on October 3 (during Arts Alive).


Read. Swap. Repeat.

May 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Books, Bookstore, Feature

READ-SWAP-REPEATAt Eureka Books, you can now swap your (gently) used books for almost anything in the store, even new books and most special orders.

Up until now, swap credit was good for used books in the store only. With the new program, you can trade your used books for new books, too. A very few exceptions apply.

In addition to books, swap credit is good for maps, prints, t-shirts, tote bags, pouches and greeting cards.  Nearly everything in the store — and most things we can order — can be bought with swap credit.

So read, swap, and repeat. Expand your mind; help save the planet.


Nov. 1 Book Launch Party for Both Sides of the Bluff by Jerry Rohde

July 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Books, Events, Feature, Local Authors

scott bsb coverJerry Rohde will be giving a free lecture and signing his new book, Both Sides of the Bluff, at Eureka Theater on November 1, 2014.  Eureka Theater is located at 612 F Street.

The lecture is at 5 p.m. and the book signing is from 6-9 p.m.  The event is sponsored by Booklegger and Eureka Books.

Pre-Ordering Now Available!

Can’t make it to the event? Don’t want to wait until November 1 (we will have books by October 23, at the latest)?  Pre-order your copy online now.


Via Magazine Article

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Bookstore, Eureka Books, Feature 2

From Via Magazine: “The eclectic assortment of antiquarian books, maps, photos, and ephemera at Eureka Books thrills spontaneous browsers and serious collectors alike.”DSCN1021


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