Art & Science Salon: The Curious World of Seaweed with Josie Iselin

Monday Sep 23 2019   6:00 PM
Roger Williams University  , Bristol, RI  map

Info TBA.

The Curious World of Seaweed with Josie Iselin

Friday Sep 27 2019   6:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center  210 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY  map

We well know the fragility, beauty, and importance of our own Long Island Sound. Similarly, the habitats of the Pacific Ocean are unique and ecologically important as beautifully explored in this new volume, The Curious World of Seaweed, by author and artist Josie Iselin. Hear Iselin explain how marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. Additionally, she will illustrate  both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent—a place of incomparable richness. Join us for a gorgeous visual presentation combining historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature, Marimekko-like portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors—whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green—and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic.

$15 General Admission/FREE for JHC members. Seating is limited, so reserve your space ahead of time here.

Heyday Harvest Dinner: Celebrating 45 Years

Thursday Oct 03 2019   6:00 PM
The Hillside Club  2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA  map

Celebrate 45 years of publishing at the Heyday Harvest on October 3rd.

Please join us in honoring Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers (Heyday History Award) and Barbara Dane (Lifetime Achievement Award) for their tireless advocacy on behalf of truth and justice.

Enjoy a wine reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by a seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. The menu will be designed by Alice Waters for a meal prepared by Anaviv Catering & Events.

$200 INDIVIDUAL TICKETS can be purchased here on Eventbrite or by returning this reservation form to


$10,000 PUBLISHER: Premium table for ten + prominent recognition

$5,000 EDITOR: Premium tickets for six + prominent recognition

$2,500 AUTHOR: Premium tickets for four + recognition

$1,000 RESEARCHER: Tickets for two + recognition

$500 FRIEND: Ticket for one + recognition

$500-$1,000 TRIBUTE AD: Quarter, half, or full page in event program

Heyday is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible, less $100 per dinner guest.


Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural

Tuesday Oct 08 2019   6:00 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

Join CHS and Heyday for a powerful discussion surrounding the Maestrapeace mural, the masterpiece on the side of the Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District. This event is in celebration of the new book, Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural. Hear unique stories of the making of the mural, learn about the powerful symbolism and stories within it, and listen to writers and contributors discuss the work that went into the book’s creation.

After the discussion join us for a book signing and reception. More info here.

$5 General Admission; FREE for CHS members. Space is limited, so register ahead of time here.

East Bay Yesterday Live: Exploring BART History with Michael C. Healy

Wednesday Oct 09 2019   6:00 PM
Oakland Main Library  125 14th St, Oakland, CA  map

Join us for a conversation about the history of BART and the system’s impact on the Bay Area. East Bay Yesterday podcast host Liam O’Donoghue will interview Michael C. Healy, who served as the agency’s spokesperson from 1972 until 2005 and shared his memories in the book, BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System. Expect to hear stories of epic political battles, scandals, a “phantom station,” and even a baby born on BART.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

Richard Schwartz at the Commonwealth Club

Monday Oct 14 2019   6:00 PM
The Commonwealth Club  110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA  map

The Circle of Stones author Richard Schwartz will speak to the Commonwealth Club about the amazing presence of ancient Native American life and villages that are still amongst us but unknown. The talk will take place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Obi Kaufmann at the UC Davis Arboretum

Thursday Oct 24 2019   7:00 PM
ANR Building, Valley Conference Room  2801 2nd St, Davis, CA  map

In this free public lecture, Obi Kaufmann will share his insights and vision about the future of California. He will stay for a Q&A session and book signing following the lecture.

This event is cohosted by the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and the UC Master Gardener Program.

Free and open to the public; register on Eventbrite.

Richard Schwartz at the North Berkeley Public Library

Saturday Nov 02 2019   6:00 PM
North Branch Library  1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA  map

The Circle of Stones author Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk on Indian life in Berkeley and the evidence surrounding it from thousands of years of Native habitation here. He will demonstrate how the discovery and protection of village sites, artifacts, and history combine as powerful tools to begin to understand the extent Native Americans lived (and continue to live) within what became the City of Berkeley. He will demonstrate how a culture can be learned or lost by the efforts and actions of current residents and how this history might exist in your own backyard.

Kim Bancroft at the San Francisco Public Library

Sunday Nov 03 2019   2:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library  , San Francisco, CA  map

As part of the San Francisco Public Library’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) events, we welcome Kim Bancroft, who will discuss her writing and editing process, and her literary roots. Bancroft will discuss two of her literary endeavors which explore the stories of two publishing leaders: The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher and Literary Industries: Chasing A Vanishing West, which written by Hubert Howe Bancroft and edited for a modern reader by Kim Bancroft. Kim will also discuss her most recent book project, Archived Women: The Writing Wives of H.H. Bancroft, in which she tells the story of two women through their letters and journals.

Fireside Meeting with Richard Schwartz

Monday Nov 04 2019   7:30 PM
Hillside Club  2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA  map

Historian Richard Schwartz will tell the fascinating story of the numerous philanthropic and significant deeds of immigrant Maurice Curtis, once a famed but later largely forgotten actor, for the city of Berkeley that still have an effect on us today. Schwartz will also discuss the never-before-shared history of Curtis’s Berkeley-based Peralta Park Hotel, the tallest hotel in the Bay Area at the time (now the site of the Saint Mary’s College High School). As Curtis catapulted to fame and fortune, he was thrilled to help the town he loved and its people thrive.

This presentation will include Berkeley-specific stories not included in Schwartz’s book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis, recently released in paperback.

This will be a Hillside Club member benefit. Open to the public, with a requested $10 admission charge to benefit our speaker fund.

Cosponsored by the Hillside Club and the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA).

More info here.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at Shakespeare & Co.

Thursday Nov 07 2019   6:30 PM
Shakespeare & Co.  1632 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA  map

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty author Richard Schwartz will speak on the life of actor M. B. Curtis, emphasizing his Philadelphia presence as well as the Statue of Liberty story.

Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi at The Green Arcade

Wednesday Nov 13 2019   7:00 PM
The Green Arcade  1680 Market St, San Francisco, CA  map

We had a great and deep time for the release of the first edition of this book ten years ago, and this history of the gaining—and retaining—of civil rights in California could not be timelier. Join as we celebrate the process with Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi: Wherever There’s a Fight, 10th Anniversary Edition: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California.

Free and open to the public; more info here.


Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi at Point Reyes Books

Thursday Nov 14 2019   7:00 PM
Point Reyes Books  11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station, CA  map

Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi join us to discuss the 10th anniversary edition of their California Book Award winner, Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s Annual Authors Dinner with Richard Schwartz

Saturday Feb 08 2020  
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

This event spotlights the Bay Area’s literary tradition and celebrates the authors who enrich our community. Proceeds from the event fund library innovations, capital improvements, and expand literacy projects that help make a strong public library possible. This year’s event will be held at the prestigious Berkeley City Club. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, an opportunity for authors and guests to mingle, followed by dinner where each author is seated with a group of library-loving guests and introduced briefly to the attendees at large by the evening’s host emcees. Our 2020 hosts include Emmy Award winner Linda Schacht Gage, Pulitzer Prize-winning author T.J. Stiles, San Francisco Chronicle columnist and author Vanessa Hua, and author-historian Richard Schwartz. For a peek at what to expect, you can view our gallery from the 2019 gathering here.

The Foundation raises funds to benefit all five locations of the Berkeley Public Library by supporting innovations, building improvements, and literacy projects for all ages. This summer brings exciting news, as construction has just begun on building out the new Teen Space, as well as to create other common areas for gathering, reading, and programming. This is all made possible thanks to authors, sponsors, and donors who support the beloved annual Authors Dinner. More details TBA.