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Our Holiday Top 10 List

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Bookstore

Drum roll please…here is our list of the top 10 bestselling new books here at Eureka Books (Thanksgiving-Dec. 15). As expected, the new local books dominate the list:

E1302 1. Place Names of Humboldt County, California: A Compendium 1542-2009 by Dennis and Gloria Turner [review]

2. The Sea Captain's Odyssey: A Biography of H. H. Buhne, 1822-1894 by Marvin Turner [more]

Humboldtheartland-ex 3. Humboldt Heartland (a coffee-table photobook on ranching on the remote Northwest coast of California) by Andy Westfall

4. Field Notes (science-y columns from the North Coast Journal) by Barry Evans [samples]

5. Locally Delicious: Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast, second edition by Ann Anderson and the other Heirloom Tomatoes [more]

6. Squirrel Meets Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris

7. Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

8. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

9. The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest by Jack Nisbet [reviews]

10. Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain


Read it and wear it

December 11th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookstore

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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.


Mega Author Signing on Saturday

December 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookstore, Local Authors

This coming Saturday from 6-9 p.m. we will have an all-star line-up of local authors at Eureka Books signing their new books. If you have someone passionate about local history on your list, signed copies of these books will make perfect, personalized gifts.

If you can't make in during Arts Alive, call (707-444-9593) or send us an email to reserve a copy. We can also ship gift-wrapped copies to anyone on your Christmas list.

Placenames Place Names of Humboldt County, California: A Compendium, 1542-2009 by Dennis and Gloria Turner ($50). The long-awaited second and much expanded edition is finally here (for sale on Dec. 3). The book adds 300 new names and revises 700 entries from the previous edition, a long-out-of-print and hard-to-find volume—we used to sell it easily for $100+. The Turners will be signing copies during Arts Alive.

Buhne The Sea Captain’s Odyssey: A Biography of Captain H. H. Buhne, 1822–1894 by Marvin Shepherd ($24.95). Captain Buhne was among the first white men to see Humboldt Bay and as a tugboat captain with unmatched knowledge of the shifting sands near the jetty, was responsible for bringing many ships into port. This is the first full-length biography of this important Humboldt pioneer. The books are being shipped to our store directly from the printer and are scheduled for delivery tomorrow. Marv will also be signing books on Saturday night.

Ld2 Locally Delicious: Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast by the Heirloom Tomatoes ($24.95 will all profits going to local food programs). Last year's most popular local book is back in a new and expanded second edition. The Tomatoes will also be back in the store this Arts Alive signing books, talking local food, and (if we're lucky) serving local dishes.

Amy Stewart will also be in the store signing Wicked Plants and—if you're looking for a great stocking stuffer or low-cost gift—hardcover copies of Flower Confidential at $5 each.

North Coast Journal science columnist Barry Evans will sign his book Field Notes and his earlier books.

Humboldt-heartland-sm On Sunday, we will have signed copies of Humboldt Heartland: Ranching on California's Remote North Coast by Andy Westfall ($75, and worth it). For many years, Andy has been photographing Humboldt's historic ranches and interviewing their owners about life in the Humboldt Heartland. This is a magnificent book, beautifully printed and bound. It is the best looking book about Humboldt County published in recent memory.


No naughty booksellers here

November 26th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookstore

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Santa said Eureka Books is his favorite shop in Old Town, but he probably says that to all the store owners.


Buy Low and Sell High

November 14th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Bookstore

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Further tales of bookselling beyond the redwood curtain, from the New York Times Op-ed page.

The novel referred to in the story is The Last Bookstore in America, available on the Kindle and other e-readers.

For a previous encounter we had with Humboldt's finest, go here.

 

 


From old books to new journals

October 28th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookstore

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Eureka Books is now carrying blank journals made from recycled hardcovers.  Some of the more interesting illustrations and pages are preserved inside.  Each book is unique and sizes vary.  Some are perfect for personal journals while others are big enough for artist sketch books.


Spooky books are lurking in the aisles

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookstore

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Villainous vampires, ghastly gouls and a zombie remake of an old classic await your visit to Eureka Books… if you dare.


1000 Little Books for Literacy

August 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Book Arts, Bookselling, Bookstore

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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.


New Store Slogan?

July 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookstore

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This is an ad for the restaurant and bar that used to occupy our building. I found this in a 1920 promotional brochure for Eureka. I'm thinking we should revive the Louvre slogan: Pretty girls! Jazzy music! Good books! That's us! Eureka Books * 426 Second Street, Eureka Cal.


Found in a Book

June 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Bookstore

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.)


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