A conversation with Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein

Heyday is thrilled to carry The Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally a self-published book, Bay Area Forager is the result of a collaboration between two wild foods experts, Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein, who were frustrated by the lack of Bay Area- and even Western States-focused foraging titles. I […]

Common and Institutional Saints: a guest post by Ursula K. Le Guin

Reading about the imminent canonization of Junipero Serra I want to tear my hair and shout at the Catholic Church and its clever pope, “How can you call this religious conquistador, this cruel bigot, this terrible man, a saint?” Maybe I can calm down by considering what the word “saint” means. In daily life, in […]

Heyday and News from Native California long reads from 2014

In this excerpt from Enough for All: Foods of My Dry Creek Pomo and Bodega Miwuk People, Kathleen Rose Smith whetted our appetites for seafood gathered from the Pacific. “There’s something wonderful in that spirit of publishers who are really dedicated to and passionate about the work that they’re putting out into the world, no matter […]

A conversation with Jeremy Rosenberg

Thank goodness for Google. If it weren’t for that omnipresent and perhaps all-too-omnipotent search engine, Jeremy Rosenberg would not have found out about the California Historical Society Book Award contest, and we wouldn’t have had the winner that is Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles. The book’s title takes its name from a public […]

City of Berkeley proclaims October 31 “Malcolm Margolin/Heyday” Day

Berkeley City Council declared October 31, 2014 “Malcolm Margolin/Heyday” Day. Click the image to read the proclamation! (File opens as a 116kb PDF.)  

A conversation with Gordon Frankie

Meet Gordon Frankie: Cal professor, researcher at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab, coauthor of California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists, and all-around bee advocate. I spoke with Gordon about his work at the Urban Bee Lab, some of the threats facing undomesticated bees today, and some simple things ordinary citizens […]

Q&A with Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina has been keeping busy: since learning the language of his Muwekma Ohlone tribe primarily from field notes and wax cylinder recordings, he has been a leader of the movement to revive Chochenyo as a spoken language. As the assistant curator at Mission Dolores in San Francisco, he is working to change the narrative […]

Designer Q&A with Ashley Ingram

Ashley Ingram has been a designer at Heyday since October of last year. Her work includes the covers of Enough for All, Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, Sierra Stories, and the forthcoming Wonderments of the East Bay. I recently spoke with Ashley about designing the cover and interior of Trail Posts: A Literary Exploration of California’s State Parks, a […]

Q&A with “Short History of San Francisco” author Tom Cole

In 1981, Tom Cole published A Short History of San Francisco under the banner of his small press, Lexikos. The book went on to become the bestselling history of the city (The City), and it’s not hard to see why: Cole packs a lot of information into the small page count, taking readers from 2.5 million […]

Q&A with “On Track” author Rick Laubscher

Rick is the president of Market Street Railway and a longtime railfan. I recently spoke with Rick about his new book, On Track: A Field Guide to San Francisco’s Historic Streetcars & Cable Cars, a guidebook that can teach anyone and everyone—train enthusiasts and SF locals included—a thing or two about these beautiful and practical forms […]