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 […]

Heyday books win California Book Awards: “Valley of Shadows and Dreams” and “Masha’allah and Other Stories”

Two Heyday titles have won California Book Awards: Valley of Shadows and Dreams by Ken Light and Melanie Light earned the Gold Medal for Contribution to Publishing and Masha’allah and Other Stories by Mariah K. Young earned a Silver Medal for First Fiction. These books are now on sale for a limited time.   The 82nd […]

Author Q&A: Soul Calling by Joel Pickford

The result of five years of courageous and heartfelt commitment, Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora opens our eyes to the beauty, resilience and daily lives of the Hmong people, so recently displaced from their traditional homeland by the traumas of the Vietnam War. From remote Hmong villages in the mountains of Laos to the […]

California’s Melting Beauties

Excerpted from California Glaciers, by photographer and naturalist Tim Palmer, released September 2012 by Heyday and Sierra College Press. For more information on education and outreach surrounding California’s glaciers and global warming, click here. In the spring of 2010 I set out for the glaciers of California. I wanted to see them before they were gone. […]

Ken Light: Continuing the Documentary Tradition in the 21st Century

Over the last few years, Susie Katz, president and founder of PhotoWings, has been documenting the process behind Ken and Melanie Light’s Valley of Shadows and Dreams, their photographic and literary exploration of a region known for its agricultural plenty—and the marginalization of its people. Below is an excerpt from the first in a two part series from PhotoWings […]

Q & A with “Cityscapes” author John King

An outgrowth of “Cityscape,” a weekly column that debuted in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2009, Cityscapes is part history, part guidebook, and part architectural primer. John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic. He joined the paper in 1992 and has been in his current post since 2001. His writing on architecture and […]

Down and Dirty in the Valley

In our last installment about the creation of the photo book, Valley of Shadows and Dreams, we were happy to announce the debut exhibition of the work at Umbrage Editions (www.umbragegallery.com) from March through May, 2012. Since then, our team has been slogging through the very unglamorous and painstaking work of preparing the photographs to […]

Valley of Shadows and Dreams: DUMBO, Spring shows, Las Posadas

Valley of Shadows and Dreams continues to march forward. Like the parents of a small child, we are preparing the manuscript to go out into the world. After gestating for several years as Ken and Melanie Light shaped the work, the project was essentially born during our get-together three weeks ago. The introduction by Thomas Steinbeck, the field notes […]

Project Update: Valley of Shadows and Dreams

Scheduled for publication in May 2012, our project about the Great Central Valley is coming together. With a working title of Valley of Shadows and Dreamsthe book explores this dynamic and important region, which is often difficult to capture. We know we are on the right track, though. Thomas Steinbeck (yes, the son of John […]