Eureka Books now has book-themed t-shirts! Choose from six designs based on the covers of such classic tales as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Catcher in the Rye, Pride and Prejudice, Lolita, Walden and William Burroughs' Naked Lunch.
If you happen in to the Eureka branch of the library, you can see a display of some of the 1,000 books the members of NORBAG (the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild) have made to benefit the Humboldt Literacy Project.
On Friday night, September 3, from 6:30 to 8:30, we're hosting a party/reception for NORGAG and Humboldt Literacy Project, where the 1000 books will be unveiled and put up for sale, at $1 each. The text of each book is made from a single sheet of paper, cleverly folded, and then attached to decorative covers.
If you'd like to join us for the reception, please RSVP by calling the store (707-444-9593) or hitting the email link on our home page. Admission is free, but we hope you'll buy some books and support literacy here on the North Coast.
A newspaper clipping claiming to be "Bret Harte's First Poem, which was Written for, and Published in, the Humboldt Times," from July 25, 1857 (this clipping is a reprint from about 1905):
'Tis a town that is one of your queer kind of places
So noted for lumber and beautiful faces
There are dry goods and billiards, and shops where you victual
and every convenience—nor is it so little;
But once 'twas quite lost to the country around it,
And they called it "Eureka" to show that they found it.
(The rest of the poem is a rather forced rhyme about a drinking man and his bumbling attempts at wooing a young woman. I'll spare you, you've suffered enough already.)
We have another Great Set Countdown going – this time we're offering the Britannica Great Books of the Western World set – all 54 volumes of knowledge, from Aristotle to Darwin. The way this works is that the price drops $5 per day until it's free. This set started at $140 on February 1 and on March 1 it will be free. Right now, it's just $95 (which is about half of what they go for on eBay). Tomorrow it will be $90, unless someone snaps it up before we close today. If you've wanted this set, don't wait too long! Sold on February 19 for $50!