San Francisco Bay Area

ABC Oakland

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland’s unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-371-4
Price: $17.00

Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute

In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. “A Voice from the Underworld” detailed Alice’s humble Midwestern upbringing and her struggle to find aboveboard work, and candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering “the life.” While prostitute narratives had been […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-361-5
Price: $20.00

All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area

This long-awaited catalog of political posters pays homage to an influential and populist art movement that has created some of the most enduring imagery of our time. In All of Us or None, author Lincoln Cushing examines key selections from a remarkable archive of over 24,000 posters amassed by free speech movement activist, author, and […]

BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System

When BART opened in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1972, it became a catalyst for a renaissance in modern rail transit, both nationally and internationally. The concept as sold to Bay Area voters was gargantuan: by adopting aerospace technologies such as microchips for ground transportation, the new computer-operated rail system would bridge counties and curb urban sprawl amid a […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-370-7
Price: $20.00

The Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area

Reading this guidebook is like taking a wild foods walk with foraging experts Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein: it gives practical advice for gathering edible wild plants in the Bay Area in a voice that is friendly and suffused with rich personal knowledge. The authors provide thorough descriptions of where to find each of the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-615-49612-2
Price: $24.95

The Bay Area through Time

This new picture book takes readers on a one-of-a-kind tour of the Bay Area. Each turn of the page ventures further and further back in time: from a mere three hundred years ago, not long after the arrival of the first European explorers, to when Columbian mammoths lumbered about waterfall-ringed meadows (40,000 years ago); to […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-301-1
Price: $16.00

Big Alma: San Francisco’s Alma Spreckels

Born with an unshakeable belief that she was destined for greatness, Alma de Bretteville Spreckels (1881–1968) rose from poverty to become one of San Francisco’s most powerful women. Alma’s humble beginnings and scandalous lifestyle would alienate her from the cream of San Francisco society: she became an artists’ model, befriended European royalty, married sugar magnate […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-324-0
Price: $22.95

Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco

Part pocket guide, part history, and part architectural primer, the companion piece to urban design critic John King’s Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings contains all of the wit and wonder of the first installment. In epigrammatic prose and with detailed full-color photographs, King highlights fifty structures that tell the story of San Francisco through architecture. […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-314-1
Price: $15.00

Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings

Buildings in cities are remarkable things: they provide not only shelter but touchstones of reference and recall, a language that shapes our sense of place as well as the skyline. In sparkling prose and with full-color photography, Cityscapes looks at fifty buildings that convey a distinct slice of San Francisco. These are the buildings that […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-154-3 Temporarily Out of Stock

The Court That Tamed the West: From the Gold Rush to the Tech Boom

From the gold rush to the Internet boom, the US District Court for the Northern District of California has played a major role in how business is done and life is lived on the Pacific Coast. When California was first admitted to the Union, pioneers were busy prospecting for new fortunes, building towns and cities—and […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-246-5
Price: $35.00

Everything Indicates: Bay Bridge Poems and Portraits

Local poets were hoisted up into the windy towers of the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in April 2011 to observe and map its progress and something of its soul. Their words, enhanced by the luminous photographs of Thomas Michael Alleman, are gathered in Everything Indicates, a tribute to the people […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-692-01691-6
Price: $20.00

Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936–1970

Forbidden City, USA captures the magic and glamour of the Chinese American nightclub scene, which peaked in San Francisco during World War II. In the 1930s and ’40s, audiences flocked to nightclubs to escape the problems of the day with a cocktail and a show. Filmmaker Arthur Dong spent twenty-five years interviewing the entertainers from this […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-0-9915733-0-1
Price: $29.95

High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco

Community, heritage, architecture—oh yes, and stiff pours: these are the hallmarks of San Francisco’s Legacy Bars. High Spirits leads readers on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood pub crawl in search of the city’s most remarkable nightspots. Atmospheric photographs accompany descriptions of each bar’s colorful history, unique architectural features, idiosyncratic owners, and quirky clientele. As we dip into one […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-312-7
Price: $18.00

The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy: A San Francisco Story

When Shirley bakes herself a gingerbread treat to bring to school, the last thing she expects is for him to leap out of her lunchbox and begin gobbling everything in sight. A wild chase ensues—on foot and by cable car—through iconic San Francisco neighborhoods including the Mission, Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Will Shirley […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-352-3
Price: $17.00

Humphrey the Wayward Whale

This best-selling children’s book tells the true tale and adventures of Humphrey, a humpback whale who wandered seventy miles into the San Francisco Bay in 1985.

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-930588-23-6
Price: $4.95

The Laws Pocket Guide Set: San Francisco Bay Area

Created by the author and illustrator of the popular Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, this set of habitat guides makes plant and animal identification fun and easy. The box set contains four user-friendly foldout guides and is small enough to tote along in a pocket, yet durable enough to weather abuse at the bottom of any backpack.

Fold-out guide, ISBN: 978-1-59714-269-4
Price: $22.00

The Laws Pocket Guide: Yard and Garden Birds

With this durable, color-coded guide to the birds of Bay Area yards, parks, and gardens—and some time outdoors—you will soon know a towhee from a pewee, a phoebe from a chickadee, and when a dazzling flock of Cedar Waxwings lights nearby, you’ll be ready to enjoy it. Courting, nesting, feeding, fledging, singing, shuffling, drilling, perching, […]

Fold-out guide, ISBN: 978-1-59714-309-7
Price: $6.95

Literary Industries: Chasing a Vanishing West

A bookseller in San Francisco during the Gold Rush, Hubert Howe Bancroft (1832–1918) rose to become the man who would define the early history of California and the West. Creating what he called a “history factory,” he assembled a vast library of over sixty thousand books, maps, letters, and documents; hired scribes to copy material […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-248-9
Price: $18.00

Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area

In this coffee table book of luminous essays accompanied by an array of images, award-winning writer Sylvia Linsteadt brings to life the many microcosms that once flourished in the San Francisco Bay Area: from the farthest reach of the Russian Empire at Fort Ross, to acres upon acres of apricot blossoms in what is now […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-391-2
Price: $30.00

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis

As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York’s Fourteenth Street Theatre. Actor M. B. Curtis, who had achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-096782-045-3
Price: $29.95

Mark Twain’s San Francisco

Jumping frogs, high society, beloved San Francisco characters Emperor Norton and the stray dogs Bummer and Lazarus who followed on his heels—nothing escaped Mark Twain’s scrutiny or his acerbic wit. Editor Bernard Taper has gathered together a heady selection of newspaper articles, correspondence, poetry, and short stories that are humorous—sometimes exasperating and controversial—but always engaging. […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-69-0
Price: $14.95

The Mission

Dick Evans captures the pulse of life in the Mission District, the San Francisco neighborhood known for its murals and Latin American culture—and more recently for its rapid gentrification. Intimate, colorful images depict a place filled with diverse residents, stately Victorian houses, hand-painted store signs, Carnaval dancers, Día de los Muertos celebrants, political activists, and […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-360-8 Temporarily Out of Stock

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

The San Francisco Bay Note Card Box

These lovely note cards beautifully reproduce the amazing woodcut prints of the California landscape that Tom Killion created over the past four decades. Each box contains twelve blank cards printed on fine white stock and twelve white envelopes. The San Francisco Bay Note Card Box contains three each of four designs: Golden Gate Sunset San Francisco Presidio The City from Grizzly Peak […]

Notecards, ISBN: 978-1-59714-378-3
Price: $16.00

A Short History of San Francisco

This is the story of San Francisco, a unique and rowdy tale with a legendary cast of characters. It tells of the Indians and the Spanish missions, the arrival of thousands of gold seekers and gamblers, crackbrains and dreamers, the building of the transcontinental railroad and the cable car, labor strife and political shenanigans, the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-273-1
Price: $18.00

The Tom Killion Gift Collection

Heyday is proud to announce all-new gift sets of the work of renowned and beloved California printmaker, Tom Killion, featuring four never-before-published boxed note card sets and a collector’s gift box set of all three of Killion’s wildly popular collaborations with Gary Snyder—The High Sierra of California, Tamalpais Walking, and California’s Wild Edge. Blank Note Cards Now […]

Vintage: California Wine Labels of the 1930s

Two new books, Vintage: California Wine Labels of the 1930s and Well Aged: California Whiskey and Spirits Labels of the 1930s, illuminate a near-forgotten artisanal legacy tucked among the archives of the California Historical Society’s Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing. In the midst of the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of bottles of […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-349-3
Price: $20.00

Well Aged: California Whiskey and Spirits Labels of the 1930s

Two new books, Vintage: California Wine Labels of the 1930s and Well Aged: California Whiskey and Spirits Labels of the 1930s, illuminate a near-forgotten artisanal legacy tucked among the archives of the California Historical Society’s Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing. In the midst of the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of bottles of […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-350-9
Price: $20.00