Q & A with Obi Kaufmann, author and illustrator of “The California Field Atlas”

The California Field Atlas is the magnum opus of Oakland-based author, painter, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann. Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, […]

A Conversation with G Dan Mitchell

With fall now just a month away, Heyday is excited to seize the season with California’s Fall Color in hand, a new release by photographer and long-time photo blogger G Dan Mitchell. This useful guidebook is filled with vibrant photographs of the freshly colored autumn, as well as tips and tricks on how to head […]

A Conversation with Laura Cunningham

In 2011, Laura Cunningham published  A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California with Heyday, earning her the California Book Award Gold Medal and much critical acclaim. Four years later, she’s directed her writing and gifts for visual storytelling in The Bay Area through Time to those who will soon take on the upkeep of […]

Ode to Future Interns

By Paul Wells, Spring 2013 Marketing Intern ~To the brave, empty-pocketed soldiers whose lips scintillate at the mere mention of crisp, No.10 Printmaster windowed envelopes~ Last summer, reflecting on my collegiate experiences to date, I remember thinking that I sure had spent a lot of time figuring out things that I didn’t like to do. […]

Excuse to Get Lost

Lucas Vasquez was a Sales and Marketing Intern at Heyday in the Summer of 2012. I got my first cell phone when I was almost sixteen, and I was late in the game. I didn’t mind living without one up to that point. Mostly, it was just inconvenient when I had to borrow somebody’s phone […]

Publishing: a great place to be

Elizabeth Smith, Fall 2012 Marketing and Publicity Intern, is now Managing Editorial Assistant at Chronicle Books. While interviewing for various book-related positions (the Heyday internship among them), one question came up over and over again: How do you feel about entering an industry that’s in such a state of change? Coming from a journalism background, […]

California Fancies

Alisha Saville, Sales and Marketing Intern at Heyday in the Fall of 2012, now works at California Newsreel.  A launch meeting gathered the staff my second week in. A lively debate on word meanings and titles concluded in the unusual unanimous decision, and I walked back to my desk reveling in the linguistic high. “Who […]

Author Q&A: “Bad Indians” author Deborah Miranda

In Bad Indians, author Deborah A. Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone Costanoan Esselen family as well as the experience of California Indians as a whole through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems. Here, she sheds light on some of the processes and influences that shaped the book. Bad Indians is a blend of […]

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 […]