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Firestorm: Local Author Survived the Tubbs Fire, but his books did not

October 19th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Books, Bookstore, Events, Feature, Local Authors

When the Tubbs Fire swept through Santa Rosa on October 8, 2017, Jon Humboldt Gates “lost everything at midnight on a Sunday.” He tells the tale in his new book, a volume of vignettes called Firestorm: A Personal Narrative from the Epicenter of a California Wildfire. Gates will sign copies at Eureka Books during Arts Alive, November 2, 2019 from 6 – 9 pm.

In describing his losses over email, he said “literary wise, that included the library, all my research records, book inventories, printing plates musical instruments and recordings.

Gates, a 5th generation Humboldt County native, is the author of two longtime local favorite local books. Falk’s Claim, a history of the once-bustling and now uninhabited logging town south of Eureka, and Night Crossings, true stories about people caught in the wild and unpredictable conditions on Humboldt Bay. The fire destroyed not only his backstock of the books but also the printing plates he used to make new copies.

Both books were in their 6th printings when the fire hit and still in demand by readers. In order to reconstruct the books for new editions, Gates had to buy a copy of each and send them to a specialist in Ohio who took them apart to create high quality reproductions for the new editions.

The two favorites are now back on the shelves, and with added imagery. The new edition of Falk’s Claim has new photographs that weren’t in the first edition, and Night Crossing has one new image, a reproduction of a painting. The text is unchanged.

Gates said bringing the two books back to print was “a bit of a Phoenix event but I felt those stories needed to be preserved.” He said the new book, Firestorm, was “more of a redemption work, from a state of chaos.”

“After all he has been through, and everything he has contributed to the literature of Humboldt County, we are so happy to host Jon at Eureka Books for Arts Alive,” said store manager Katie McCreary. She said the store’s Humboldt County section was incomplete without these star attractions while the new editions were being prepared. “We want this to be a celebration.”

To that end, San Francisco Bay Area jazz pianist Wayne Fettig will fill the 140-year-old storefront at 426 2nd Street with music for the night, while volunteers from Humboldt Baykeeper will be on-hand to pour wine for donation.


Ecommerce Is Coming

February 22nd, 2019  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Eureka Books, Feature, Feature 2

After 32 years in Old Town, Eureka Books is finally opening up an Internet branch. It’s in previews now, and you are welcome to search our collectible inventory online (we have 40,000 more new and used books, plus great greeting cards and pens and Pen + Pine available exclusively in the shop).

We’ve also shortened our digital name – we’re now eurekabookshop.com. For starters, you might browse some of our:

Humboldt County History books

Ray Bradbury collection

Art & Photography


Everyone Gets A Book!

December 9th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Blog, Eureka Books, Feature

Make everyone happy this holiday season when everyone gets a book from Eureka Books!

For the last 31 years, Eureka Books has hand-picked our eclectic and interesting selection of books to fit this one-of-a-kind community. We’re known as he “old-book” store, and we always have thousands of good used books and uncommon first editions.

But if you haven’t visited our beautiful Victorian storefront in Old Town in a while, you may not realize that Eureka Books has the largest section of new books in town. We stock thousands of new titles, and if we don’t have what you are looking for, we can probably get it in a day or two.

Come by and get a copy of our list of recommendations or talk with our expert booksellers who can find just the right book for everyone on YOUR list!


Amy Stewart Just Won’t Quit

August 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Events, Feature, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart (cover)

Eureka Books’ writer-in-virtual-residence Amy Stewart’s fourth Kopp Sisters novel comes out on September 11. Signed first editions are now available for pre-orders, online or in the store. Your order will ship or be available for pickup on publication day.

 

 

 

 

Constance may just have turned 40, but this tough-minded, generous-hearted believer in second chances and equal rights for women looks set for many more adventures. A welcome addition to this sui generis series, always fresh thanks to its vividly imagined characters firmly grounded in historical fact.”

—Kirkus, starred review

After a year on the job, New Jersey’s first female deputy sheriff has collared criminals, demanded justice for wronged women, and gained notoriety nationwide for her exploits. But on one stormy night, everything falls apart.

While transporting a woman to an insane asylum, Deputy Kopp discovers something deeply troubling about her story. Before she can investigate, another inmate bound for the asylum breaks free and tries to escape.

In both cases, Constance runs instinctively toward justice. But the fall of 1916 is a high-stakes election year, and any move she makes could jeopardize Sheriff Heath’s future—and her own. Although Constance is not on the ballot, her controversial career makes her the target of political attacks.

With wit and verve, book-club favorite Amy Stewart brilliantly conjures the life and times of the real Constance Kopp to give us this “unforgettable, not-to-be messed-with heroine” (Marie Claire) under fire in Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit.

“Suspenseful . . . boasts a deeper emphasis on character, politics, and social issues. A must for Constance’s growing fan base.”

—Booklist, starred review


Repeal California’s Terrible Autograph Law

January 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Book Collecting, Bookselling, Feature

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Here’s my New Year’s resolution: Repeal California’s terrible new autograph law.

Sign our Change.org petition to repeal the law.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board called it the worst of the 1000 bills passed in 2016, referring to it as “one truly horrible law” and writing, “This bill never should have passed. The Legislature must fix or repeal it immediately when it resumes business.” So let’s get to it!

As a fitting cumeuppance, the author of the law, Ling Ling Chang, was defeated in her quest for re-election. Here are the bill’s sitting co-sponsors:

Cristina Garcia. State Assembly 58th District. Downey area, Los Angeles

Catharine Baker. State Assembly 16th District. Walnut Creek / Pleasanton, East Bay
William C. Brough. State Assembly 73rd District. San Clemente area, Southern California
James Gallagher. State Assembly 3rd District. Chico, Northern California
Tom Lackey. State Assembly 36th District. Lancaster / Palmdale, Southern California

Benjamin Allen, State Senate 26th District. Santa Monica / Beverly Hills, Los Angeles area
Joel Anderson, State Senate 38th District. Escondido / El Cajon, San Diego area
Tom Berryhill, State Senate 8th District. Fresno area
Janet Nguyen, State Senate 34th District. Santa Ana area, Southern California

[More blog posts on AB1570]

Top 7 Reasons to Repeal AB1570

1. Most Californians Are Harmed
Nearly everyone in California has a signed item in their possession: a signed book, a piece of art, or perhaps a signed baseball from their childhood.

Under AB1570, when a California consumer sells a signed item worth $5 or more to a reputable dealer, to an art gallery, or via auction, the consumer’s name and address must be included on a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) accompanying it.

This requirement is both an invasion of privacy and represents a danger to the seller, as the COA provides a literal road map for potential thieves.

The law offers not accommodation for items sold to dealers before the law went into effect, thereby retroactively changing the expected privacy of previous transactions.

2. It Partially Repeals the Landmark Reader Privacy Act
The Reader Privacy statute prohibits booksellers from revealing the reading habits of their customers unless compelled by a court order.

AB1570 now requires some booksellers to disclose the reading habits of customers who sell, donate, or otherwise dispose of signed books. The autograph law unintentionally weakens the Reader Privacy Act.

Michael Risher, a lawyer with the ACLU of Northern California, told the New York Times, “The law is an invasion into privacy and should be amended.”

3. The Law Exposes the Very Consumers It Intended to Protect to Lawsuits
For purposes of this law, a “dealer” is defined to include California consumers who sell signed items at auction (Dealer includes … “persons who are consignors … of auctioneers.”)

Any consumer who sells a signed item through an auction house is a consignor and therefore by definition a dealer. When a dealer fails to supply a COA, they are subject to civil action under AB1570.

4. It Compels Auction Houses to Reveal Their Consignors
All auction houses are covered by AB1570, whenever they sell a signed item. In addition to requiring a COA from each consignor, AB1570 requires a second COA from the auction house itself. This COA must include the name and address of the source of the item (the consignor). This provision would cover estate auctions, auction sales of signed artwork, signed books, or signed entertainment memorabilia.

Confidentiality of consignors is a tenet of auction houses. The New York Times recently quoted a representative of Bloomsbury Auctions as saying, “one of the fundamental cornerstones of the auction world is our client’s privacy.” Not anymore; not in California. This puts California auctioneers at a distinct disadvantage.

 5. New Bookstores Seem to Be Covered By the Law If They Sell Online (and they all do)
Many aspects of AB1570 are maddeningly vague, but this is the single worst sentence in the single worst law of the year:

Dealers, to whom the law applies, “includes a person engaged in a mail order, telephone order, online, or cable television business for the sale of collectibles [signed items].” (1739.7(a)(4)(a)).

Rewording it: This law applies to anyone engaged in the online sale of signed items. So, if a new bookstore holds an author signing and then offers the signed books on its website, it is engaged in the online business of selling signed items.

There is a temptation to read “engaged in business” as primarily in the business, but engaged is, in fact, a much lower threshold, that is met with even a small volume of business. Businesses primarily engaged in the selling signed items are covered by other sections of the law, so presumably the legislature meant to extend the law to a much broader group of online sellers.

It should be noted that once someone meets the definition of dealer that all signed items sold by that business must have COAs.

6. Seven Years of Recordkeeping Is Ridiculous for a $5 Item
Dealers are required to keep copies of the COAs they issue for seven years and they are required to issue COAs for items priced at as little as $5.

7. AB1570 Hurts Book Fairs and Art Shows
Out-of-state dealers are required to comply with the autograph law when exhibiting at shows in California. Show promoters are required to notify dealers that they are subject to legal action for failing to comply. Already, this law has caused two dealers to cancel participation in the 50th Annual California Antiquarian Book Fair. The law will also deter out-of-state art dealers from exhibiting in California. This will ultimately hurt collectors.

 


Local Books Sale Saturday

November 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Eureka Books, Feature, Local Authors

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This Saturday, November 26, join us for the nationwide IndiesFirst celebration. We’re having a sale with 20% off all local books and books by local authors. Plus, we’re having a free drawing to win signed books, like Writings on the Wall, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Strangers in Their Own Land, by Arlie Hochschild, and many more.


Sequel to Girl Waits With Gun Coming Sept. 6

August 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Events, Feature, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Stewart_lady-cop-makes-trouble_300Pre-order the new Kopp Sisters novel, to be published Sept. 6.

$26 shipped free in the US.

Eureka author Amy Stewart’s sequel to Girl Waits With Gun, titled Lady Cop Makes Trouble, will be published on September 6. Eureka Books will have signed copies on publication day. We will host a book signing and talk with Amy at the Eureka Theater on October 1 at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars!

Or you can reserve a signed first edition to pick up by calling Eureka Books at 707-444-9593.

“Constance and her sisters are every bit as enjoyable in this outing as their first. Stewart deftly combines the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of early 20th-century New York City with the story of three women who want to live life on their own terms. The addition of supporting female characters who are also pushing societal boundaries is a welcome touch to the series.”—Library Journal Starred Review


Best Book of the Year

August 31st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Feature, Local Authors

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Girl Wait’s with Gun, Eureka author Amy Stewart’s seventh book and first novel is showing up on Best Books of the Year lists, including Publisher’s Weekly and the Washington Post.





Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits With Gun

June 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Events, Feature, Local Authors

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Amy Stewart, Humboldt County’s best-selling local author (and co-owner of Eureka Books), has a new book out this fall: Girl Waits With Gun. GWWG, as we’ve been referring to it, is a novel that begins with a crash. A speeding automobile destroyed their horse-drawn carriage in 1914, and what should have been a simple traffic accident led to blackmail, kidnapping threats, and a shoot-out, all of which actually happened. We’ll have signed copies for sale on the publication date, September 1. Amy will give a talk and a reading at the Eureka Theater on October 3 (during Arts Alive).


Read. Swap. Repeat.

May 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Books, Bookstore, Feature

READ-SWAP-REPEATAt Eureka Books, you can now swap your (gently) used books for almost anything in the store, even new books and most special orders.

Up until now, swap credit was good for used books in the store only. With the new program, you can trade your used books for new books, too. A very few exceptions apply.

In addition to books, swap credit is good for maps, prints, t-shirts, tote bags, pouches and greeting cards.  Nearly everything in the store — and most things we can order — can be bought with swap credit.

So read, swap, and repeat. Expand your mind; help save the planet.


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