Archives for October 2010

A Literal and Literary Journey through the California’s Mojave Desert

“Void of life, it never is, however dry the air and villainous the soil.” – Mary Austin, from The Land of Little Rain, 1903 It’s 4:00 pm on a July afternoon. It’s 117 degrees. I back my car out of the garage of my Palm Desert home, turn the air conditioner up as high as it will […]

Don’t Be Such a Worrywort

Like so many other interns, I didn’t know what to expect when I came to Heyday. Actually, that’s not true. I think that by the time I walked up the steps to this brown-shingled building on June 22, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I had been to Heyday before, for […]

Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After…

Two colossal books guard the entrance to Children’s Fairyland at Oakland’s Lake Merritt, with their pages open to the most applicable lines in fairy-tale history: “Once upon a time” and “Happily ever after.” From the time they were erected and still today, thousands of joggers, families, and workers on lunch breaks must have passed these […]

A Summer of California

Summer’s finally winding down, and though I hate to say it, so is my time as a marketing and publicity intern at Heyday. It’s amazing and nearly unbelievable that the spirit of a publishing company can be traced from each thoughtfully crafted book, each handwritten note, and each wooden nook and cranny of this house, […]

Desert Word Walk

Hello, and welcome to Desert Word Walk! My name is Ruth Nolan. I am a poet, writer, and professor of English at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, and I’m also editor of Heyday’s exciting anthology of California’s desert literature, No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts, published in November, 2009. I was born […]