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, […]

Q & A with Gary Noy, author of “Gold Rush Stories”

Since our last interview with Gary Noy, he’s presented Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues to dozens of audiences and picked up the Gold Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. I recently spoke with Gary over email about his latest book, Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, […]

Q & A with John Muir Laws

The Washington Post called John Muir (Jack) Laws “a modern Audubon” for his astonishing and inspiring work as a naturalist and artist. He’s responsible for The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, and now The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling. His newest book is a magnificent, […]

Q & A with “The Flavors of Home” author Margit Roos-Collins

The Flavors of Home is more than a forager’s guidebook. It’s a call to adventure, a lyrical case for getting to know your home landscapes better, and a celebration of savor. As author Margit Roos-Collins puts it in her introduction: “My job is to partner with your own curious and lively spirit…and encourage you to […]

Q & A with “Game Changers” authors Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally

“Californians like to walk on the political wild side.” That’s how Bruce Cain introduces Game Changers in his foreword to the 2014 California Historical Society Book Award winner, and his observation paves the way for a rollicking, epic history of more than a dozen California state elections. Full of engrossing personalities and dramatic government battles, […]

Q & A with “High Spirits” author J. K. Dineen

When author/San Francisco aficionado Gary Kamiya describes a book as “a righteous pour from the top shelf,” that’s a very good sign you should add it to your bookshelf. High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco invites readers into twenty-six joints that serve as anchors of cultural identity, offering up human connection and deep sense of place—even as […]

Q & A with “Cityscapes 2” author John King

In his follow-up to Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings, urban design critic John King continues to challenge us to take notice of our surroundings—even as the built environment of San Francisco changes at an astonishing clip. Based on his Cityscape column in the San Francisco Chronicle, the new book Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco highlights fifty […]

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 […]

A conversation with Marni Fylling

The Heyday offices are abuzz with excitement over Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tide Pools. This delightful guidebook is packed with beautiful illustrations and lively descriptions by Marni Fylling, who has captured the essence of the Pacific Coast’s otherworldly creatures all the way from her home in Hoboken, New Jersey. I recently spoke with Marni about […]