Heyday Staff Picks

Here is a list of the favorite books of several of Heyday's staff. It was difficult to isolate a group of books among the hundreds Heyday has published, but this list reflects the diversity of Heyday's publishing program, along with the broad tastes of the staff!

Aesop in California

Guess who just arrived in California? Aesop! Here among the plants, animals, and places of the Golden State, his timeless fables from ancient Greece take on a new vitality and immediacy. From blackberry-munching grizzlies to Hollywood house mice, this is a book to delight the eye, stimulate the imagination, and teach us some very important […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-235-9
Price: $17.00

All the Saints of the City of the Angels: Seeking the Soul of L.A. on Its Streets

Final sale! Was $35.00, now $8.75. One fateful afternoon in August of 2000, J. Michael Walker began to notice how many L.A. streets began with the letter “S.” Upon further inspection, he discovered that something else was repeating itself: they were all named for saints! Thus began Walker’s quest to find and document every “saint-street” […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-075-1
Price: $8.75

Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

Winner of the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award, Gold Medal for Autobiography/Memoir Shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing “If we allow the pieces of our culture to lie scattered in the dust of history, trampled on by racism and grief, then yes, we are irreparably damaged. But if we pick up […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-201-4
Price: $19.00

Beyond Words: 200 Years of Illustrated Diaries

Final sale! Was $45.00, now $11.25. In the age before cameras, the skill of illustration—like that of piano playing, good penmanship, and journaling—was frequently the mark of an educated person. Whereas the written word alone can adequately record the details of one’s life, enhancing that with illustration adds yet another texture to the story, resulting […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-164-2
Price: $11.25

California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History

Winner of the NCIBA Book of the Year Award (Regional Interest) Winner of the 2016 Northern California Book Reviewers Recognition Award This new volume captures the beauty of the California coast from Mendocino, Point Reyes, and the San Francisco Bay down through Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica. Woodcut artist Tom Killion’s prints […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-299-1
Price: $50.00
Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-365-3
Price: $25.00

Fup

Start with Granddaddy Jake Santee, a cantankerous, ninety-nine-year-old coot with a taste for gambling and whiskey; add in Tiny, his gentle giant of an adopted grandson, whose passion for building well-crafted fences on land with no livestock borders on obsessive; then add Fup, a twenty-pound mallard with an iron will and a fondness for hooch […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-158-1
Price: $9.95

The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath

Gathered in this important volume are seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers that John Steinbeck wrote for The San Francisco News in 1936, three years before The Grapes of Wrath. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters’ camps and Hoovervilles […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-61-4
Price: $10.00

Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer

As suburbs swallow more and more rich farmland and reforms change the farming industry, the voices of farmers have never been more important. In his latest collection of essays, David Mas Masumoto reminds us that food remains the cornerstone of our society, even in the twenty-first century. Pervading his essays is a rooted, proud sense […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-064-5
Price: $21.95

The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher

Final sale! Was $20.00, now $5.00. In an age of big box stores and media conglomerates, how can an independent publishing house survive—and even thrive? Kim Bancroft takes us into Heyday, a small press that for forty years has spotlighted California’s best stories. Drawing from the words of founder Malcolm Margolin, this compelling portrait recounts […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-287-8
Price: $5.00

Indian Summer: Traditional Life among the Choinumne Indians of California’s San Joaquin Valley

With accuracy, zest, and insight, Indian Summer portrays the nearly lost and unspeakably beautiful world of the Choinumne Yokuts and the valley in which they lived.

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-035-5
Price: $13.95

The Journey of the Flame

On the night of his 104th birthday, Don Juan Obrigón—tall and straight, with hair still flaming red—prepares to tell his life story to assembled relatives and guests. The story he will tell describes his travels as a boy of twelve in 1810, when he accompanied the Spanish viceroy of Baja California from the southern tip […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-58-4
Price: $3.74

LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas

Anthology Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards This literary and cartographic exploration of Los Angeles reorients our understanding of the city in highly imaginative ways. Illuminated by boldly conceived and artfully rendered maps and infographics, nineteen essays by LA’s most exciting writers reveal complex histories and perspectives of a place notorious for superficiality. This chorus […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-297-7
Price: $30.00

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

In this groundbreaking and meticulously field-tested guide, the rich variety of Sierra life—trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects—comes alive. “If you have room for only one Sierra Nevada guidebook in your pack, make it this little gem….Dense with illustration, it’s the perfect all-ages introduction to field guides. Well-researched natural history notes pull the reader more deeply into the story of these iconic mountains.”—Sierra Magazine

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-052-2 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

The ultimate guide to nature drawing and journaling! A potent combination of art, science, and boundless enthusiasm, the latest art instruction book from John Muir Laws (The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds) is a how-to guide for becoming a better artist and a more attentive naturalist. In straightforward text complemented by step-by-step illustrations, dozens of […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-315-8
Price: $35.00

The Morning the Sun Went Down

Through this lyrical and richly textured memoir we experience both the beauty and the struggles of Darryl Babe Wilson’s journey through childhood. Born into the Achumawi and Atsugewi tribes (often called the Pit River Nation) of northeastern California, Wilson spent his early years with his family in a life rich in tradition, until tragic events […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-362-2
Price: $15.00

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

Final sale! Was $35.00, now $8.75. The Santa Barbara region is at the cusp of Northern and Southern California, where animals and plants from both areas mingle and create ecosystems of great diversity. In the first-ever comprehensive nature guide to the area, accomplished author, teacher, and Santa Barbara native Joan Easton Lentz shares her lifelong […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-241-0
Price: $8.75

The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area

Two hundred years ago, herds of elk and antelope dotted the hills of the San Francisco–Monterey Bay area. Grizzly bears lumbered down to the creeks to fish for silver salmon and steelhead trout. From vast marshlands geese, ducks, and other birds rose in thick clouds “with a sound like that of a hurricane.” This land […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-930588-01-4
Price: $18.00

On Track: A Field Guide to San Francisco’s Streetcars and Cable Cars

San Francisco just wouldn’t be the same without its colorful streetcars and cable cars. These vintage forms of public transit are not only practical ways to explore the City—they’re amusement rides that jangle through a mix of historic buildings and vibrant new development, filling your ears with the sound of cables clicking as steel wheels […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-278-6
Price: $14.95

Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora

In his long-overdue first collection of essays, noted journalist and NPR commentator Andrew Lam explores his lifelong struggle for identity as a Viet Kieu, or a Vietnamese national living abroad. At age eleven, Lam, the son of a South Vietnamese general, came to California on the eve of the fall of Saigon to communist forces. […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-57914-020-1
Price: $15.00

The Raccoon Next Door: Getting Along with Urban Wildlife

Raccoon Next Door is a guide to help us identify and get along with the neighborhood raccoon and all our other wild neighbors. Author Gary Bogue presents stories, anecdotes, and sound advice for coexisting with the common creatures you might encounter in your backyard. Chuck Todd’s illuminating illustrations bring the animals to life in vivid […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-71-3
Price: $16.95

Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues

The Sierra Nevada, with its 14,000-foot granite mountains, crystalline lakes, conifer forests, and hidden valleys, has long been the domain of dreams, attracting the heroic and the delusional, the best of humanity and the worst. Stories abound, and characters emerge so outlandish and outrageous that they have to be real. Could the human imagination have […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-265-6
Price: $17.00

Spiders in Your Neighborhood: A Field Guide to Your Local Spider Friends

Spiders! Scary? Maybe. Cool? Definitely. Author Pat Stadille used to be terribly afraid of these eight-legged daddies, until he started learning more about them. Now spiders are his best friends! We have a feeling you’re going to feel the same way, once you hear about their silky skills, hunting habits, and generally shy and gentle […]

Saddle-stitched, ISBN: 978-1-59714-260-1
Price: $5.95

A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California

Vernal pools, protected lagoons, grassy hills rich in bunchgrasses and, where the San Francisco Bay is today, ancient bison and mammoths roaming a vast grassland. Through the use of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham walks through these forgotten landscapes to uncover secrets about the past, explore what our future will hold, and experience the ever-changing landscape […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-306-6
Price: $35.00

Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints

2010 NCIBA Book of the Year Award Winner In a new collaboration by the authors of the bestselling The High Sierra of California, readers are introduced to the unique mountain overlooking San Francisco Bay. A source of story and myth since time began, Mt. Tamalpais has inspired conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets for […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-097-3
Price: $50.00
Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-259-5
Price: $25.00

Ticket to Exile

At age nineteen, A. D. Miller sat in a jail cell. His crime? He passed a white girl a note that read, “I would like to get to know you better.” For this he was accused of attempted rape. Ticket to Exile recounts Miller’s coming-of-age in Depression-era Orangeburg, South Carolina. A closet rebel who successfully […]

Wonderments of the East Bay

The East Bay Regional Parks abound in wonderments: animals, plants, sounds, geological formations, histories, and languages that stimulate our curiosity and expand our capacity for awe. In exquisite, lyrical essays, Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin—with help from their friends—revel in these wonderments. Vernal pools burst into bloom in springtime, transforming cracked earth into wetlands crowded […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-296-0
Price: $15.00