Humboldt County Historical Society

Library Lecture Series

Monthly Programs Sponsored by the Humboldt County Historical Society

HCHS Events: Library Lecture Series

Library Lecture Programs sponsored and organized by the Humboldt County Historical Society are hosted at Humboldt County Library's main branch in Eureka on the first Saturday of every month (July, August, and February excluded). The programs are always FREE but capacity is limited - come early to reserve a seat!



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Chasing Down the Moon with Carla Baku

  • Humboldt County Library, Eureka Branch 1313 3rd Street Eureka, CA 95501 (map)

A work of historical fiction, Chasing Down the Moon is set in Eureka during the 1885 Chinese Expulsion. Author Carla Baku will speak about her experience transforming historical research into literary narrative.

The novel is described as “striking, haunting, beautiful ... It has all the ingredients I look for in an 'end of the world' book."

Baku’s story of a young Chinese woman Ya Zhen begins with her kidnapping. She is taken from her home in the Hunan mountains, sold to human traffickers, and purchased in San Francisco by a hotelier from a remote coastal city. In Eureka Ya Zhen is forced to serve as an indentured prostitute. “Her escape, aided by a small group of friends, is thwarted when a terrible accident precipitates the upheaval of the entire town & the clock starts ticking for everyone…”