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, […]

A conversation with Jeremy Rosenberg

Thank goodness for Google. If it weren’t for that omnipresent and perhaps all-too-omnipotent search engine, Jeremy Rosenberg would not have found out about the California Historical Society Book Award contest, and we wouldn’t have had the winner that is Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles. The book’s title takes its name from a public […]

Q&A with “Short History of San Francisco” author Tom Cole

In 1981, Tom Cole published A Short History of San Francisco under the banner of his small press, Lexikos. The book went on to become the bestselling history of the city (The City), and it’s not hard to see why: Cole packs a lot of information into the small page count, taking readers from 2.5 million […]

Q&A with “Sierra Stories” author Gary Noy

I recently spoke with Gary Noy about his new book, Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues. Who is Gary? Well, in the words of Heyday publisher Malcolm Margolin: Gary Noy is a scholar, a teacher, a mentor, and a thoroughly decent man. He taught history at Sierra College in Rocklin for more […]

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 […]

Q&A with “All of Us or None” author Lincoln Cushing

Following the controversial history of protest art, Lincoln Cushing presents a powerfully engaging narrative celebrating the sociopolitical energy and sense of immediacy that is unique to this particular art form. With an astounding collection of over 24,000 posters, All of Us or None depicts the evolution of the genre and relates it back to our […]

When Dreams are Interrupted

The Purple Moon Dance Project held its final performance of “When Dreams are Interrupted” yesterday, February 24, at the City Hall Rotunda. The historic City Hall building made a dramatic backdrop for the story both of the forced removal of countless Japanese Americans from the Bay Area during WWII, and of what they experienced upon […]