Hiking In Magnesia Falls Canyon to a Cahuilla Indian Village Site

DESERT WORD WALK – by Ruth Nolan The desert is traversed by many mountain ranges, some of them long, some short, some low, and some rising upward ten thousand feet. They are always circling you with a ragged horizon, dark-hued, bare-faced, barren—just as truly desert as the sands which were washed down from them.—John C. […]

Ten Lions opens its door with a roar

CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY and HEYDAY introduce  TEN LIONS: A community space and bookstore  San Francisco, CA (February 26, 2012) – The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday today launched Ten Lions, a new bookstore and community space at CHS in San Francisco. Ten Lions features key Heyday titles that focus on California’s myriad stories as well as locally […]

A “national treasure”: Malcolm Margolin honored by National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities to honor Heyday publisher Malcolm Margolin with Chairman’s Commendation Award presented by Chairman Jim Leach to celebrate forty years of contributions to California history and culture San Francisco, CA (March 28, 2012) – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will honor longtime Berkeley publisher Malcolm Margolin with the Chairman’s Commendation, […]

2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalists announced

Linda Norton (former Heyday board member and senior editor at the Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Office) was just nominated for a Los Angeles Book Prize for poetry. Read Carolyn Kellog’s LA TIMES article from February 21, 2012 below: What do Michael Ondaatje, Manning Marable and Stephen King have in common? They’re all in the running […]

Q & A with “Take Me to the River” editors Joell and Coke Hallowell

For ten years, Coke Hallowell and her daughter Joell asked people with deep connections to the San Joaquin, “What was your life like along the river?” With candor and enthusiasm, people responded. Take Me to the River recounts the many trials—damming, overpopulation, climate change—and triumphs that a river undergoes in our times. What was it […]

Q & A with “Turned Round in My Boots” author Bruce Patterson

Upon returning to American soil after the Vietnam War, Patterson has only one rule: “Never take a job you couldn’t quit.” And so begins his formidable journey of learning how to re-adapt to civilian life. Told with remarkable honesty, Turned Round in My Boots is a powerful and engaging tale about hard work, true love, […]

Q & A with “Cityscapes” author John King

An outgrowth of “Cityscape,” a weekly column that debuted in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2009, Cityscapes is part history, part guidebook, and part architectural primer. John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic. He joined the paper in 1992 and has been in his current post since 2001. His writing on architecture and […]

Q & A with “Making Home from War” editor Brian Komei Dempster

Written by twelve Japanese American elders who gathered regularly at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Making Home from War is a collection of stories about their exodus from concentration camps into a world that in a few short years had drastically changed. What is the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of […]

A Hmong Generation Finds Its Voice in Writing

But as the first generation to grow up with a written language, English — rather than the traditional spoken Hmong — the members of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle are addressing a new kind of coming of age in America. It is one in which living room sofas are moved for the arrival of a shaman on Saturday mornings and in which Fourth of July fireworks are avoided because they elicit terrifying flashbacks among their parents.

Mariah K. Young First Winner of the James D. Houston Award

Heyday pronounced emerging author Mariah K. Young the first recipient of the James D. Houston Award on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Savory Thymes “Adventure in the Garden” event in Mill Valley, CA. On hand to celebrate were publisher Malcolm Margolin, author Maxine Hong Kingston, poet Al Young, and surfer Sam Hiona. Ukulele music by Ka‘ala Carmack accompanied hula dancer […]