A house inside of a house

Tamalpais Walking won the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association 2010 Book of the Year Award in the Regional category. Bookseller committees created a ballot of finalists on which independent booksellers representing 200 stores in northern California voted. Not only is Tamalpais Walking beautiful (just look at its cover!), it’s now an award winner as well. Some books just have it all.
Now, this is going to sound cheesy, but just like Tamalpais Walking, Heyday is beautiful inside and out. This struck me from the moment I first stepped into the foyer of the shingled Arts & Crafts two-story. “It’s a publishing house inside of a house,” Susan said, with a chuckle. I was floored. It remains one of the few establishments I’ve seen that truly and wonderfully matches its shelter. Violins are etched into the doors. Dark wood lines the floors and walls. The stairs creak. That it is surrounded by the strip mall of University Avenue only underscores the wonder. But of course, it is the denizens of Heyday who transform this house into a home.
In my previous endeavors into the literary world, my training as an architecture student had little bearing on the tasks I completed. Here, it became more and more evident to me that architecture and literature are not only compatible but also fundamentally intertwined. Heyday is frozen music (which, incidentally, happens to be the name of the tasty tome on California architecture coming to a Fall 2010 catalog near you). Publishing, like architecture, is a balancing act of artistry and practicality, which the few but powerful minds here work together to preserve.
On my first day, Malcolm invited me to sit in on a meeting with John King, the architecture critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. Susan explained the nature of the blad (the first few pages of a photo book printed at high quality for reviews), after which David offered a theory on the origin of its name by quoting the B.L.A.D. line from Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’.” As the days skipped by, I joined Lillian, Julian, and Susan in author meetings, built a display from branches, pine cones, photographs, and shimmery fabric to celebrate the history of Heyday, and lunched behind tables full of books at a nature conference. Under Susan’s and Lillian’s tutelage, I wrote pitch letters and press releases, played with different programs and platforms, and developed a more accurate perception of the publishing process. I even learned how to properly clean a bathroom in a publishing house (kidding).
Really, though, it would be impossible for me to say just how much I learned here. The unexpected twists of the mind and turns of the tongue not mentioned in the internship description have made these past three months special and memorable for me. Thank you, Heyday.


  1. Thanks so much for all your help Stephanie!

  2. heydaybooks.com says

    A house inside of a house.. Peachy 🙂

  3. heydaybooks.com says

    A house inside of a house.. Peachy 🙂