The Inlandia imprint is coproduced by Heyday and the Inlandia Institute. Inlandia Institute is a lively center of literary activity located in Riverside, California. It grew out of the highly acclaimed anthology Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire, published by Heyday in 2006. Inlandia Institute strives to nurture the rich and ongoing literary traditions of inland southern California. Its mission is to recognize, support, and expand literary activity in the Inland Empire by publishing books and sponsoring programs that deepen people's awareness, understanding, and appreciation of this unique, complex, and creatively vibrant area. For more information about Inlandia Institute titles and programs please visit


In this book of photographs and essays, noted visual artist Lewis deSoto explores his birthplace and ancestral Cahuilla homeland, the “marvelous and abject” landscape of Southern California’s Inland Empire. Sixty intimate photos capture the paradoxes of the region’s deserts, lushly manicured lawns, freeways, and inland sea. Punctuating these single-frame images are panoramas of landscapes that […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 9781597143349 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts

Feared and romanticized throughout the ages, the desert has a hold on our imagination that is never more evident than in the literature it has inspired. From Mary Austin’s meditations in The Land of Little Rain to Joan Didion’s acerbic cast of characters in Play It As It Lays, the desert’s seemingly barren landscapes have […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597140980 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore

Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time

“Dad was a Mexican Catholic. Mom was a Kansas City–born Jew with Eastern European immigrant parents. They fell in love in Berkeley, California, and got married in Kansas City, Missouri. That alone would not have been a big deal. But it happened in 1933, when such marriages were rare. And my parents spent most of […]

Vital Signs

The product of six years of reflection and documentation, Vital Signs takes us on a walk through one of California’s largest cities: San Bernardino—generally presented in the media as a center of urban blight and high crime. In this passionate collaboration, poet Juan Delgado and photographer Thomas McGovern celebrate the working-class Latino communities of the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 9781597142502 Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore