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Hiking Humboldt Volume 2 Book Signing December 2nd

November 12th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Eureka Books, Events, Uncategorized

Hiking Humboldt Volume 2 Author Rees Hughes and Cartographer Jason Barnes will be signing books for Arts Alive at Eureka Books in Old Town Eureka on December 2nd.

Hiking Humboldt Volume 2 provides an excellent companion to Volume 1. A love of trails and nature brought this team of authors, cartographers, and graphic designers together to create two books that are the definitive collection of hiking guides for Humboldt County. Published by Backcountry Press, Hiking Humboldt Volumes 1 & 2 are the perfect gift for the adventurers in your family.

Backcountry Press, based in Kneeland, is owned by Michael Kauffmann and Allison Poklemba. This husband and wife team have ensured that Volume 2 is 100% Humboldt-made. Allison and Michael do graphic design, website development, and book distribution. Times Printing in Eureka printed the book on recycled paper. The full-color, 216 page guide retails for $29.95 and can be found in all bookstores (and other stores) across the county.

See out facebook event for more.

Rees Hughes and Jason Barnes Signing Hiking Humboldt Volume 2

Easton Library Sale

November 28th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

Robert Easton LibraryCancelled. Books sold en bloc.

Vintage Audubon prints on display for Arts Alive!

October 2nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

Come in for Arts Alive! to see original Audubon bird lithographs. These vintage prints were hand-colored under Audubon's supervision in 1840-1844.

Found in a Bookstore

August 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


Now I know what those teenagers were doing with our movie titlers yesterday afternoon.

Dickens on Writing and Bookselling

August 13th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

I've been reading Oliver Twist this month, which is both comic and horrific at the same time, and you can feel the young Dickens exulting in his command of the English language and his growing confidence is palpable. High school English turned me off of Dickens for 30 years, but reading Drood, by Dan Simmons, rekindled my interest. This passage cracked me up:

   "There are a good many books, are there not, my boy?" said Mr. Brownlow, observing the curiosity with which Oliver surveyed the shelves that reached from the floor to the ceiling.

   "A great number, sir," replied Oliver. "I never saw so many."

   "You shall read them, if you behave well," said the old gentleman kindly; "and you will like that, better than looking at the outsides,—that is, in some cases; because there are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts."

   "I suppose they are those heavy ones, sir," said Oliver, pointing to some large quartos, with a good deal of gilding about the binding.

   "Not always those," said the old gentleman, patting Oliver on the head, and smiling as he did so; "there are other equally heavy ones, though of a much smaller size. How should you like to grow up a clever man, and write books, eh?"

   "I think I would rather read them, sir," replied Oliver.

   "What! wouldn't you like to be a book-writer?" said the old gentleman.

   Oliver considered a little while; and at last said, he should think it would be a much better thing to be a book-seller; upon which the old gentleman laughed heartily, and declared he had said a very good thing.

Print Sale Underway

February 11th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

DSCN8127 We need space so we're having a massive, epic print sale. Okay, that's a bit of hyperbole, but we have three dozen prints, mostly framed, that are as much as 90% off their marked prices. The oldest ones are from the 1700s. As these sell, we'll put more out, so stop in from time to time.

Trinidad in the Times-Standard

February 4th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

A nice write up in the T-S today about Dione Armand's new book, Trinidad. She'll be at Eureka Books on Saturday, February 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. signing books and talking to folks about Trinidad history.

Call for Entries: Pulp Mill Show

December 5th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

Since 1965 (if you can believe what you read on the Internet), the pulp mill at Samoa has been a fixture of the Eureka landscape. Now it's all but certain that the plant is closed for good, ending a chapter in our local history. Since the mill manufactured the raw materials for paper and Eureka Books is all about paper, we wanted to honor the mill in some way. Over the years, it seems most every artist in the region painted or photographed the mill, so to mark its passing, Eureka Books is holding a pulp mill art show in March. The show will open on Arts Alive, March 6, 2010, and will run through the end of the month.

We are accepting entries through February 1. Please drop off a photograph of your proposed entry (Eureka Books is at 426 Second Street, Eureka, CA 95501, across from the gazebo in Old Town) or email a jpeg (our email address is at the top of our homepage).

Spooky Stuff for Halloween

October 13th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

We're decorating the store for Halloween today (it is the 13th, afterall) and we're putting out the typical books on vampires and ghosts, but what better season to display the creepiest item in the store: a 17th-century broadside from the Popish Plot in England.

Justice in the 17th Century: "To be hanged by the Neck, cut down alive, his Quarters to be severed…and his bowels burnt"

An Account of the Digging Up of the Quarters of William Stayley, Lately Executed for High Treason, for that His Relations Abused the Kings Mercy. London, Printed for Robert Pawlet at the Sign of the Bible in Chancery-Lane, 1678.


Broadside, 10 by 14.25 inches (253 x 360 mm). Imprimatur Novemb. 30th. 1678. William Scroggs. In 1678, rumors circulated in London that English Catholics, supported by the Jesuits, planned to kill King Charles II so his brother James, a Catholic, could assume the throne. In the end, nearly three dozen people were executed for treason, and William Stayley was the first unlucky soul. He was overheard in a tavern saying that Charles II "is a great Heretick, and the greatest Rogue in the World; there’s the heart and here’s the hand that would kill him."

Stayley confessed and according to this broadside, was "to be drawn on a Sledge to the place of Execution, there to be hanged by the Neck, cut down alive, his Quarters to be severed and disposed of as teh King should think fit, and his Bowels burnt; which sentence…was accordingly executed at the common place of Execution: And his Quarters were brought back and left at Newgate in order to be set up on the Gates of the City of London, as his Head on London Bridge, as Traytors Quarters usually are."

However, Stayley was very penitent and asked for the king's mercy, who allowed the execution to take place, but agreed to give Stayley's body to his friends for a proper burial. Stayley's friends, however, "caused several Masses to be said over his Quarters, and used other Ceremonies according to the manner of the Church of Rome and…made a pompous and great Funeral" at the Church of Saint Paul, in Covent Garden.

The king was not pleased and ordered Stayley's body dug up, carried to Newgate, and hung on the Gates of London. There was no sight quite like the Gates of London after a good execution and disinterment.

Reference: Wing (2nd ed., 1994), A276

Old folds, paper unevenly trimmed on left edge, small spot of discoloration on last line; generally very good. $500.

Boing Boing Baby!

May 6th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

Wicked Plants by local author Amy Stewart is on Boing Boing.

I'm not really hip enough to know what this means, but as the Internet-savvy person who told me about it said, "As far as super cool web news goes, it doesn't get any better than this."

Here's a photo of the book launch party we held on May 2.


(Thanks to Robert Beckerdite for the pic)