Publisher’s Note: A new direction for Yosemite Conservancy

Visitors to Heyday often look at our books and proclaim, “These are your children.” I’ve got three kids and have never mistaken any one of them for a book, yet I know what they mean. Our books are often conceived with more passion than planning, they’re nurtured with emotion and commitment, and they are sent […]

Ten Lions opens its door with a roar

CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY and HEYDAY introduce  TEN LIONS: A community space and bookstore  San Francisco, CA (February 26, 2012) – The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday today launched Ten Lions, a new bookstore and community space at CHS in San Francisco. Ten Lions features key Heyday titles that focus on California’s myriad stories as well as locally […]

A “national treasure”: Malcolm Margolin honored by National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities to honor Heyday publisher Malcolm Margolin with Chairman’s Commendation Award presented by Chairman Jim Leach to celebrate forty years of contributions to California history and culture San Francisco, CA (March 28, 2012) – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will honor longtime Berkeley publisher Malcolm Margolin with the Chairman’s Commendation, […]

Mariah K. Young First Winner of the James D. Houston Award

Heyday pronounced emerging author Mariah K. Young the first recipient of the James D. Houston Award on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Savory Thymes “Adventure in the Garden” event in Mill Valley, CA. On hand to celebrate were publisher Malcolm Margolin, author Maxine Hong Kingston, poet Al Young, and surfer Sam Hiona. Ukulele music by Ka‘ala Carmack accompanied hula dancer […]

Super Silly Champagne Reception!

Join us Wednesday, June 1st for a super silly celebration with the creators of The Super Silly Yosemite Sticker and Activity Book. Please RSVP to Lillian at


Heyday is looking for first-rate fiction or nonfiction written by an emerging author. Friends and family of the late Santa Cruz author James D. Houston have established a fund to honor his memory and further his legacy. Known as a masterful writer in both fiction and nonfiction genres, Houston was also a dedicated teacher and […]

The search is on for the freshest voices in new California literature

A Letter from Our Publisher Dear Readers, We are confronted daily with dramatic and very real evidence that California is in decline. Everything seems wrong. We can’t seem to educate our youth, provide families with homes or jobs, keep our parks and libraries open, or take care of our sick. We are not fulfilling the […]

Heyday Announces the James D. Houston Award for Western Literature

“If there is one California-grown, longtime California writer who seems to be changing things it is James D. Houston.”                                                      —Alan Cheuse About the Fund  Friends and family of Santa Cruz author James D. […]

What I learned and how I got there

Wherever there’s an envelope to stuff, we’ll be there. Whenever there are books to mail, we’ll be there. Whenever mail needs to be delivered to the post office, we’ll be there. Who, you ask, are these intrepid individuals? No, the answer is not post office workers. These fearless machines of efficiency are interns. During my time here at Heyday […]

A California Legacy Project

My work this summer as Publisher’s Intern has included a whole array of interesting tasks, but by far the most daunting assignment was one I initially thought would be quite simple. About a month ago, Heyday publisher Malcolm Margolin came to me with an important task: one of Heyday’s imprints, California Legacy, is coming up […]