Fall colors are spilling along the street outside Eureka Books.
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.
Michael Kauffman, author of the hiking guide, Conifer Country, has a new book coming out–a field guide to all 65 species of conifers on the West Coast: Conifers of the Pacific Slope. Conifers are some of the oldest plants on the plant and include a number of world-record holders (and right here in California):
1. The largest living thing: the giant sequoia
2. The tallest living thing: the redwood
3. The oldest living thing: the bristlecone pine
Michael will be at Eureka Books on June 1, from 6 to 9 pm, during Arts Alive. He’ll sign books and answer all your conifer questions.
Eureka Books is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 25-day, 25% off storewide sale. Only our bargain books (most already marked down to $1) and a handful of other books are excluded. This sale covers new books, used books, rare books, and even special orders of new books.
And if you come by the shop, enter our weekly drawing for a $25 gift certificate (no purchase necessary).
Remember, the sale ends October 31, 2012.
Behind the Scenes
Local filmmaker Maria Matteoli spent the morning shooting a scene of her feature film, Wine of Summer, at Eureka Books. In the scene filmed here, James (played by Ethan Peck, grandson of Gregory), finds the book, Tinto de Verano, that (if I understand it correctly) sets off the action, which soon heads to Spain where most of the movie was shot this October. More info at the NC Journal blog.