Archives for December 2012

On Culinary California

While working at Heyday, intern Daniel Wikey often took pause and ruminated upon food, narrative, politics, and California — concepts at the foundation of Heyday’s diverse themes. This essay combines these topics and subversively discusses the paradoxical nature of California and its cuisine(s). When I think of “California”—not as a place, but as a the […]

Q&A: “Masha’allah and Other Stories” author Mariah K. Young

Whether we love it or hate it, our work shapes who we are, and in Masha’allah and Other Stories, winner of the first James D. Houston award, debut author Mariah K. Young explores this idea through the stories of nine people on the fringes of life in East Oakland. Day laborers, dog breeders, bartenders, and growers invite us in as […]

Q&A: “Aesop in California” author and illustrator Doug Hansen

Doug Hansen’s Aesop in California is a greatly anticipated follow-up to his first book, Mother Goose in California, also published by Heyday. Retelling these ancient fables in a California setting updates and invigorates the tales, renewing them for another generation of children and adults alike. Fall 2012 intern Daniel Wikey interviews Mr. Hansen on his artistic journey […]

Q&A: John Muir Laws discusses “The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds”

John Muir Laws is the author of the recent title “The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds”, a manual on drawing the natural world and cultivating new ways of seeing that grant one’s artistic technique more precision and accuracy. Here, he talks about the logistical and philosophical factors at play in nature, his work as an […]

“What is your favorite thing about the fall season?” Readers respond.

Last month we asked readers, “What is your favorite thing about autumn?” We were going to pick three of the best answers, but we found four! Here are excerpts from their winning responses. Congratulations to Stephanie, Gilberto, Susan, and Paul on winning out-of-print copies of the cloth-bound Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy. […]