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Serendipity Books

October 5th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Bookselling, Feature, Serendipity

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SALE IS OVER. ALL MERCHANDISE IS SOLD

It’s official now, we are the final custodians of Serendipity Books, in Berkeley, one of the great bookstores on the West Coast. After a series of auctions, shelf sales, and wholesale sell-offs, we recently negotiated the purchase of the remaining contents (probably more books than can be currently found inside the four walls of Eureka Books).

NOVEMBER 15 UPDATE: SALE IS OVER. ALL MERCHANDISE IS SOLD

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For all the posts about Serendipity, visit https://eurekabooksellers.com/serendipity/

Serendipity’s iconoclastic owner, Peter B. Howard, predicted this end to the store more than a decade ago.

Talking to Nicholas Basbanes, who was working on the book Patience and Fortitude, Peter said that “ultimately he would like to see the business pass on to a trusted colleague, but if that possibility does not develop, then he is confident that ‘the books will be liquidated in ways customary to the book business…’ Bookstores, he said, ‘are extremely fragile things, and are almost always one-generational, at least in the United States. They reflect the personality of the founder. I have made my business so big and so complex that no one in their right mind but me would ever want to take the responsibility for it.'”

In the end, no one bookseller did take over the business, but many of Peter’s close colleagues in the rare book trade took on pieces of his legacy, and we’re glad we were able to be part of that.


Eureka Books List 29: Social Movements

April 11th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Catalog

Eureka Books List 29: Social Movements

Eureka Books List 29: Social Movements

Eureka Books’ latest short list #29, on Social Movements, is now online. Subjects include Internment Camps, Freedom Riders, Black Panthers, Fugitive Slaves, Young Lords, Civil Rights, Zoot Suits, Chicano Tattoos, Paños, and the UFW.


Eureka: Then and Now

February 21st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Events, Local Authors

eureka-then-and-now-sqLocal author Scott Brown (not the Scott Brown who works at the store) has just had a new book published: Eureka-Then and Now, which pairs historic photographs with modern images taken in the same location. The book is in stock now.

Come by during Arts Alive! on March 2 (6 to 9 pm) to have him sign your book.


Logging Railroads of Humboldt and Mendocino Counties

January 31st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Humboldt County, Local Authors

 

Local history, railroad and logging buffs will be happy to see the arrival of this newly released book: Logging Railroads of Humboldt and Mendocino Counties.

Author Katy Tahja will be on hand to sign copies during the March Arts Alive (March 2nd, 6-9pm) but we have it in stock now.


Local Photographer Andy Westfall at the Horse Races

December 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, Local Authors

Jockeys before a race

An image from Backside at the Bull Ring by Andy Westfall

Local photographer Andy Westfall, author of the beautiful and completely sold-out book on ranching on the north coast, Humboldt Heartland, has just published a limited edition book of photographs taken behind the scenes at the Humboldt County Fair horse races. The book measures 17 by 11 inches, and reproduces 30 of Andy’s exquisite black-and-white photographs. The edition is just 30 copies and more than half are already taken.


The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

December 1st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, Local Authors

Book Trailer for The Drunken Botanist by Amy StewartLocal author Amy Stewart’s next book, The Drunken Botanist, won’t be out until March 19, but here’s a short video trailer to hold you over until then.


In Their Own Words: Humboldt County Veterans Share Their Memories of WWII

October 29th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, Local Authors, New Arrivals

A new arrival at Eureka Books: a four-DVD set of interviews with Humboldt’s Greatest Generation.


This Is Conifer Country

June 2nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Events, Humboldt County

Local author Michael Kauffmann will be on hand to sign copies of his new book Conifer Country tonight from 6-9pm during Arts Alive! Conifer Country is a natural history and hiking guide to 35 conifers of the Klamath Mountain region.

The Times-Standard published an article on the book:

When Michael Kauffmann began hiking through Humboldt County’s forests, he noticed something that a more casual hiker might take for granted.

”We have an extraordinary collection of conifers right here,” he said. “In fact, the Klamath mountain region has one of the most diverse assemblages of conifers anywhere on the planet.”

Although redwoods and Douglas firs get most of the attention, he realized that some of the conifers, like the Baker’s cypress and the foxtail pine, are quite rare and obscure.

Kauffmann, who teaches science at Fortuna Union Elementary School and at Humboldt State University, took it upon himself to explore and document the ranges of 35 local species.

Exploring Conifer Country


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