Heyday makes me feel better about the world

Ramona Itule-Patigian was a Sales and Marketing Intern at Heyday during the summer of 2012. Just before I started my internship at Heyday, my non-Californian hometown of Tucson, Arizona, made the headlines. Unfortunately, it was for something that I found deeply upsetting. The Arizona Department of Education had forced the Tucson Unified School District to […]

Going Digital: From Paper to Kindle

Susan Noh was a Sales and Marketing Intern at Heyday from the fall of 2011 through the spring of 2012. When I was in elementary school, I was always that kid that people knew of, rather than knew. Everyone has one of those kids in the classroom. The sharp-but-quiet student who skirted around the corners […]

Finished?: The book building process

Each season, Heyday’s interns write thoughtful blog posts on their experiences as insiders in the book publishing industry. This January, Anna Zeemont came to us from Oberlin College for a 30-day full-time intensive internship in Sales and Marketing. Here are her thoughts. During my time at Heyday, I tried to gain an expansive view of the […]

Reflections on California’s State Park Crisis

My dad has a map of Annadel State Park printed on a purple bandanna. As we hike up to lake Ilsanjo, my family and I take turns checking it. When we get to the lake, we dip it into the cool water and take turns tying it around our necks. Ham and cheese sandwiches followed […]

Heyday as Therapy

I wanted to write a cleverly intellectual blog post as my last act at Heyday, to show off my English major skills and everything that I’ve learned this summer. But alas, I sit here on my final day congested, hoarse, and sucking on a cough drop as if that’s what’s keeping me alive. Regardless, here […]

Dressed for Success

The first time I set foot inside the Heyday building, I was wearing a gray dress shirt, black pants, and a slightly too-large black two-button jacket. Add this to a cruelly beautiful summer day and a high level of anxiety, and you get a very sweaty Cal undergrad. I slurred my speech, I blanked on […]

No longer drifting

There’s a scene in “The Graduate” where Dustin Hoffman is lounging on an inner tube in his family pool after finishing his degree, and his father casts a shadow over him and asks what he thinks he’s doing. Dustin Hoffman responds, “Well, I would say that I’m just drifting. Here in the pool.” As a […]

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 […]

Don’t Be Such a Worrywort

Like so many other interns, I didn’t know what to expect when I came to Heyday. Actually, that’s not true. I think that by the time I walked up the steps to this brown-shingled building on June 22, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I had been to Heyday before, for […]

Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After…

Two colossal books guard the entrance to Children’s Fairyland at Oakland’s Lake Merritt, with their pages open to the most applicable lines in fairy-tale history: “Once upon a time” and “Happily ever after.” From the time they were erected and still today, thousands of joggers, families, and workers on lunch breaks must have passed these […]