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.
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.
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.
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.
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.