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Ideas for the Humboldt author / history buff on your gift list

December 6th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Books, Humboldt County

In no particular order:

Two Peoples, One Place by historians Freeman House and Ray Raphael provides the best introduction to early Humboldt County history, to about 1885. It's just out in a very nice paperback edition, and we have copies signed by both authors. $19.95

Grave Matters: Excavating California's Buried Past by Tony Platt, an important look at the troubling practice plundering Native American gravesites. A powerful and significant book. A few signed copies remain. $18.95

Plastic oceanPlastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans by Capt. Charles Moore and former Humboldt resident Cassandra Phillips. This is the first-hand story of the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, co-written by a former HSU staffer.\

Redwood sawRedwood Saw by Richard Rothman. Self described as the Franz Kafka of landscape photography, Rothman's portrait of life in Del Norte County, combines images of redwoods, portraits of working class people, and unexpected nudes. The title suggests images of logging, but Redwood Saw refers to the name of a run-down looking shop in a dismal stripmall. This book is not for everyone, but it hangs together as a single artistic statement in a way no other photobook on the North Coast ever has. Limited to just 1500 copies and not available online. $65

Humboldt Heartland by Andy Westfall. Two photobooks about the Redwood Coast could not be more different than Humboldt Heartland and Redwood Saw. Andy Westfall spent years photographing the ranchers of Humboldt County and this book is a stunningly beautiful portrait of rural life in some of the most remote landscapes of California. Andy tells us that fewer than 100 copies remain and it probably will not be reprinted. If the $75 price deters you, I'm reasonably confident that the price will only go up once it's out of print.

FupFup by Jim Dodge. A worldwide phenomenon, that still sells well across the globe after nearly three decades, this charming, magical tale is back in a new edition. Everyone with a love of literature or a sense of humor should have a copy. At $9.95 for a signed copy, you'd be crazy not to pick one up.

The Pacific Crest Trailside Readers (two volumes, available separately, for California and Oregon & Washington). Local authors Rees Hughes and Corey Lee Lewis edited this anthology of writing about the wilderness trail that snakes from Mexico to Canada. Local artist Amy Uyeki provided the woodblock illustrations.

Kinetic Sculpture Racing by Duane Flatmo. The perfect stocking stuffer—the commemorative booklet put out by local artist extraordinaire Duane Flatmo to celebrate his 30th year participating in Humboldt's kookiest event. Signed copies, while they last, are $7.95

Ca-ind-langCalifornia Indian Languages by Victor Golla. It's rare that a scholar's life's work is condensed into a single book, and if you think of it that way, the $90 price tag does not seem that extravagent. In case you might mistake this for a dense linguistics tome, it is actually quite accessible and contains a tremendous amount of local history unavailable in any other book.

Son of Field Notes by Barry Evans. Our local scientist for the masses collects more of his essays on science from the North Coast Journal.


Fortuna and Eel River Valley History Come to Life at Arts Alive!

August 4th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Books, Humboldt County, Local Authors

Fortuna and the Eel River Valley by Alex Service and Susan O’Hara

Fortuna and the Eel River Valley by Alex Service and Susan O’Hara, published by Arcadia

Alex Service, curator of the Fortuna Depot Museum, has sorted through historical photographs from the museum’s collection, along with photos of the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department and local residents to tell the story of the community’s history.  Her new book, Fortuna and the Eel River Valley, was co-authored with historian and educator Susan O’Hara and has just been published by Arcadia Publishing.  Service will be at Eureka Books on Saturday, August 6 from 6-9 pm to sign copies of the new book.

“This history of Fortuna and the Eel River Valley really reflects all of the larger forces at work in Humboldt County over the years,” said Eureka Books owner Scott Brown.  “From logging and milling, to our local apple growers and dairies, to the expansion brought on by the railroad in 1914, this book fills a critical gap in our appreciation of our history.” The book also covers Fernbridge, the company town of Scotia, and Newburg, a long-vanished mill town.

Fortuna and the Eel River Valley represents an important contribution to the growing collection of Arcadia titles on local history.  In addition to histories of several towns in Humboldt County, the company has also published books on the history of Humboldt State University and the Sequoia Park Zoo.  “These photographs are hard to come by,” said Brown, “and as anyone who has ever tried to organize family photos knows, it’s not easy to get the right dates, names, and places for each photo.  It’s a tremendous amount of effort, and we’re lucky to have so many local historians working on these books.”


Cathleen Cahill, Author of Federal Fathers and Mothers

July 14th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Bookstore, Humboldt County, Local Authors

Cathleen Cahill (left), author of Federal Fathers and Mothers

Cathleen Cahill (left), author of Federal Fathers and Mothers

A photo snapped inside Eureka Books is in this week’s North Coast Journal. It was taken during a book signing with author Cathleen Cahill, who talked about her book Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933.  The book features a chapter on the Hoopa Valley Reservation.

Cahill writes this week’s cover story about how native and non-native workers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs sabatoged federal efforts to kill native cultures.

The photo caption reads “Cathleen Cahill talks with Erma Marshall of Hoopa, whose son insisted they get a copy of Cahill’s new book on June 19, when the New Mexico-based historian was signing copies at Eureka books.” Photo by Carrie Peyton-Dahlberg.

Stop in to Eureka Books pick up a copy of Cahill’s book. To reserve a copy call us at 707-444-9593.

 


Local Author Cathleen Cahill at Eureka Books

June 17th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Books, Humboldt County, Local Authors

Cathleen Cahill - Federal Fathers and Mothers

Cathleen Cahill – Federal Fathers and Mothers

Join author Cathleen Cahill at Eureka Books to celebrate the publication of her first book, Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869 – 1933.

Cathleen will be available to meet and to answser questions about her research with teh Indian Service (today known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs), the bureau’s connections to Northern California, and how she used local archives for her work.

Saturday June 18
3:30 p.m.
Eureka Books
426 Second Street

For more information call (707) 444-9593

Cathleen Cahill is assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of St. Bernard’s High School in Eureka.


Local Author Joan Dunning at Eureka Books for Arts Alive!

April 2nd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Books, Humboldt County, Local Authors

Seabird in the Forest by Joan Dunning

Seabird in the Forest by Joan Dunning

Saturday night is Arts Alive! in Eureka from 6 to 9 pm, and stores will be open late showing art.

Local author and artist Joan Dunning will be at Eureka Books signing her new children’s book about the marbled murrelet, Seabird in the Forest.  It’s a very touching and beautifully illustrated tale about the life cycle of one of the North Coast’s endangered creatures.

Come meet the author and check out Joan’s original paintings from the book which will be on display on the Eureka Books art wall.

Seabird in the Forest is Joan’s latest book on the natural world.  Her previous works include From the Redwood Forest, Secrets of the Nest and The Loon.  She also illustrated the children’s book, Leaving Home.


Found in a Book

March 21st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Humboldt County

Pressing botanical specimens in books is a tradition apparently alive and well in Humboldt.


Locally Delicious Booksigning Tonight

December 5th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Humboldt County, Local Authors

LocallydeliciousArts Alive is tonight and we have the “Heirloom Tomatoes” and their brand new cookbook, Locally Delicious: Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast, in the store from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This cookbook based around food grown in Humboldt County is illustrated in full color and has pages of resources for finding local produce and products.

On our art wall, we have some of the color photographs by local artists used to illustrate the book.

This is the last Arts Alive before Christmas and we expect a large turnout. Plus we’ll have free local and delicious food and beverages. We hope to see you there. (For the record, the Heirloom Tomatoes are Ann Anderson, Martha Haynes, Ann King, Carol Moné, Lauren Cohn-Sarabia, and Suzanne Simpson.)

Buy a copy from us online.


Humboldt’s Children’s Book Authors

March 26th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Humboldt County

Childrens book authors

Shelf Awareness, the daily free email blast for the publishing world, ran this photo of Humboldt's finest children's book authors – Natasha Wing, Mary Nethery, and Barbara Kerley. Shelf Awareness even gave Eureka Books credit for publishing the books. That's a job we'd love to hold (if we knew anything about publishing), but Natasha, Mary, and Barbara are actually published by real New York publishing houses. What Shelf Awareness meant to say was that Eureka Books supplied the books sold at a recent event to benefit the Fortuna Friends of the Library.

On a related front, we also donated a gift certificate to the Trinidad Friends of the Library as a prize in their adult spelling bee, to be held as a fund-raiser on March 28. As an indication of the rather sad financing for the library system, this fundraiser generates the money needed to pay the utility bill at the Trinidad branch libary. Call (707) 677-0227 for details on the spelling contest.


Vintage A.W. Ericson Prints

June 20th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Humboldt County

Pardon my Internet slang, but OMG!

We just acquired four vintage A.W. Ericson albumen photographs dating from the 1890s, each with a handwritten caption. Two of the image are iconic Humboldt County pictures, which have been reproduced endlessly, but very few originals survive. These are behind the desk – they just arrived on Friday afternoon and I didn’t have time to get them ready for display – and are priced from $400 to $750.

Here’s a sampling (click
for a slightly larger view):

Ericson_2


Lighthouse Photo Post Card

May 5th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Ephemera, Humboldt County, Photographs

Lighthouse

We just acquired a great real photo post card of a California lighthouse. The lighthouse is New Point Loma, in San Diego. The note on the back mentions "the new fog signal under construction." This refers to the small cinder-block building in the foreground, where a loud horn was being installed. The picture above of the front of the card accidentally cuts off the
top of the lighthouse. The condition of the card is very good, with a
few creases at the corners.

There’s a local hook, too. This 1913 post card is addressed to a Mrs. M. Cady, care of the Lighthouse at Capetown (Cape Mendocino). The card refers to "Alice & Babe," presumably an Alice Cady and her mother Mrs. M "Babe" Cady, but we haven’t positively identified them. There are still many Cadys living in the area.

The price is $40.


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