Join Ken DeCamp at Eureka Books as he shares the results of his lifelong exploration of local wildernesses in the latest release from Backcountry Press — Wildflowers of Trinity Alps from 6 pm to 9 pm for Arts Alive on April 7th 2018.
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.
“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.”
Amy Stewart Presents the New Kopp Sisters Novel
Saturday, October 1, 2016
612 F Street
A free event! Amy will discuss her new book and then will sign copies afterward. This is her only scheduled event in Humboldt County, so don’t miss it. It’s just one stop on a 30-city nationwide tour.
To name just a few of the titles:
Local author and columnist, Barry Evans will celebrate the publication of his new book Bride of Field Notes during the November 2nd Arts Alive at Eureka Books. The book is the third compendium of essays published in his Field Notes series. Topics range from science, nature, linguistics, and philosophy.
“I’m often told that what people like about the essays is the surprise factor – they never know what’s coming. Bride of Field Notes reflects this with lots of variety in 500 word chunks,” Evans said.
Evans has been writing articles and essays on scientific topics since 1986 when he wrote about the return of Hailey’s Comet, resulting in the publication of The Wrong-Way Comet and Other Mysteries of Our Solar System. His second book, Everyday Wonders: Encounters with the Astonishing World Around Us netted him a four-year position as a commentator on National Public Radio.
Through his writings, Evans is able to explain complex topics in a manner that is approachable to the general public. His eclectic topics range from the big bang theory, the periodic table, and the arrival of the first people to the Americas.
Evans, who lives in Eureka, continues to share his admiration and wonder of the world through journal articles and essays. Evans will be signing and answering questions about his books at Eureka Books on Saturday, November 2nd from 6-9 p.m.
From the publisher:
In the vein of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief and Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox, journalist Emily Brady journeys into a secretive subculture–one that marijuana built.
Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier
Say the words “Humboldt County” to a stranger and you might receive a knowing grin. The name is infamous, and yet the place, and its inhabitants, have been nearly impenetrable. Until now.
Humboldt is a narrative exploration of an insular community in Northern California, which for nearly 40 years has existed primarily on the cultivation and sale of marijuana. It’s a place where business is done with thick wads of cash and savings are buried in the backyard. In Humboldt County, marijuana supports everything from fire departments to schools, but it comes with a heavy price. As legalization looms, the community stands at a crossroads and its inhabitants are deeply divided on the issue–some want to claim their rightful heritage as master growers and have their livelihood legitimized, others want to continue reaping the inflated profits of the black market.
Emily Brady spent a year living with the highly secretive residents of Humboldt County, and her cast of eccentric, intimately drawn characters take us into a fascinating, alternate universe. It’s the story of a small town that became dependent on a forbidden plant, and of how everything is changing as marijuana goes mainstream.