ABC Oakland at Laurel Book Store

Saturday May 27 2017   2:00 PM
Laurel Book Store  1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA  map

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” On May 27 Michael Wertz, author of ABC Oakland, will host a fun-filled family-friendly event at Laurel Book Store!

This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland’s unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz’s bold, whimsical prints and jaunty text reflect the city’s energetic and wonderfully diverse atmosphere. Bursting with civic pride, ABC Oakland encourages children and adults alike to explore the possibilities that “the Town” has to offer.

Free and open to the public; for more information visit Laurel Book Store’s website.

Gold Rush Stories at the California Historical Society

Thursday Jun 01 2017   6:00 PM
California Historical Society   678 Mission S, San Francisco, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the California Historical Society.

For more information, visit www.calhist.org. More information on ticketing to come.

How to Speak Up: A Story of Courage (Bay Area Book Festival)

Saturday Jun 03 2017   5:00 PM
Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room  2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA  map

Fred Korematsu was a typical American guy—he liked to listen to music and hang out with his friends. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to move to prison camps. This included Fred, whose parents had emigrated to the United States from Japan many years before. But Fred refused to go. He knew that what the government was doing was unfair. And when he got put in jail for resisting, he knew he couldn’t give up. Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi share Fred’s courageous story, how he made the United States a fairer place for all Americans, and how you too can speak up for what matters.

This event is part of the Bay Area Book Festival. Visit the Festival’s website for more information.

Gold Rush Stories at the Auburn Rotary Club

Tuesday Jun 06 2017   12:00 PM
Auburn Rotary Club   195 Pine Street, Auburn, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.

RSVP for the event here: http://auburncarotary.com/

Gold Rush Stories at Auburn Recreation District

Wednesday Jun 07 2017   6:00 PM
Canyon View Community Center  471 Maidu Dr, Auburn, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Auburn Recreation District in Auburn. Fundraiser for the Youth Fund of the Auburn Recreation District.

Open to the public. Admission donation. For more information, visit AuburnRec.com.

The Mission at South San Francisco Public Library

Wednesday Jun 07 2017   6:00 PM
South San Francisco Public Library  306 Walnut Ave, South San Francisco, CA  map

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Join Dick Evans, author of The Mission, for a talk at the South San Francisco Public Library. If you have ever walked through San Francisco’s historic Mission District, you’ve surely seen the colorful murals that pepper the streets of this dynamic, culturally rich neighborhood. But have you ever wondered what the story is behind each image?

Open to members and non-members.

Gold Rush Stories at the Avid Reader

Friday Jun 09 2017   7:30 PM
The Avid Reader Bookstore  617 Second St, Davis, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book at the Avid Reader Bookstore in Davis.

Free and open to the public; for more information, visit www.avidreaderbooks.com.

Gold Rush Stories at the Sonoma Historical Society

Saturday Jun 10 2017   2:00 PM
Sonoma Community Center   276 East Napa St, Sonoma, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Sonoma Historical Society, featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.

For more information, visit www.depotparkmuseum.org

Orange County at Sherman Library and Gardens

Thursday Jun 15 2017   7:00 PM
Sherman Library and Gardens  2647 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA  map

Join Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich, the editors of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, and contributors Jim Blaylock, Stephanie Brown, and Nick Schou, for a discussion of the acclaimed literary fertility of Orange County. In this literary field guide, more than sixty writers—some well known, others emerging—lead readers on a tour that begins at the coast and heads inland over the Santa Ana Mountains, through the canyons, and into the cities of Anaheim, Irvine, and Orange in search of vistas of truth.

Free and open to the public.

Gold Rush Stories at Sierra Renaissance Society in Cameron Park

Friday Jun 16 2017   1:00 PM
Cameron Park Community Center  2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Sierra Renaissance Society in Cameron Park.

Open to the public. For more information, visit http://srsedc.com/

Gold Rush Stories on The Newcastle Radio Show – KAHI AM 950 – Auburn

Saturday Jun 17 2017   10:00 AM
KAHI AM 950  , Auburn, CA  map

“The Newcastle Radio Show,” KAHI AM 950, 985 Lincoln Way, Suite 103, Auburn CA

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will discuss the book on “The Newcastle Radio Show,” aired on KAHI AM 950 in Auburn.

For more information, visit www.kahi.com

Gold Rush Stories at the Historic North Star House in Grass Valley

Sunday Jun 18 2017   2:00 PM
Historic North Star House  12075 Auburn Rd, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the North Star House Conservancy at the Historic North Star House in Grass Valley.

$15 general admission; $10 members. For more information, visit here.

Alice at Book Soup

Tuesday Jun 20 2017   7:00 PM
Book Soup  818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA  map

Join Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, coeditors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitutefor a talk on sex workers’ rights during the Progressive Era and how Alice’s story is relevant to the modern day sex workers’ rights movement.

Free and open to the public.

Gold Rush Stories at the Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Wednesday Jun 28 2017   1:00 PM
Alta Sierra Country Club  11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Newcomers Club of Nevada County.

Open to the public. Luncheon purchase required. For more information, visit Newcomers Club of Nevada County at http://www.newcomersnc.org/events/

Gold Rush Stories in Truckee

Thursday Jun 29 2017   6:00 PM
Sierra Bible Church  11460 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the SBC Trailblazers in Truckee.

Open to the public; for more information, visit www.sbctruckee.com/trailblazers.

Gold Rush Stories at Henry Miller Library in Carmel

Sunday Jul 02 2017   3:00 PM
Henry Miller Library at the Barnyard  3728 The Barnyard, Suite G-23, Carmel, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book at the new Henry Miller Library in Carmel.

Free and open to the public; RSVP on Eventbrite.

Gold Rush Stories in Chicago Park/Peardale

Wednesday Jul 05 2017   12:00 PM
Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Station Community Room  15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Chicago Park Garden Club in Peardale-Chicago Park.

Free and open to the public; for more information, visit http://californiagardenclubs.com/ChicagoParkGardenClub.

Gold Rush Stories at the Mechanics’ Institute

Thursday Jul 06 2017   6:00 PM
Mechanics' Institute Library  57 Post St, San Francisco, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.

Open to the public: $15 for non-members, free for members and friends of Heyday.

For more information, visit www.milibrary.org.

Gold Rush Stories at University Press Books

Tuesday Jul 11 2017   5:30 PM
University Press Books  2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA  map

This volume explores the deeply human stories of the California Gold Rush generation, drawing out all the brutality, tragedy, humor, and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it. In less than ten years, more than 300,000 people made the journey to California, some from as far away as Chile and China. Many of them were dreamers seeking a better life, like Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, who eventually became the first African American judge, and Eliza Farnham, an early feminist who founded California’s first association to advocate for women’s civil rights. Still others were eccentrics—perhaps none more so than San Francisco’s self-styled king, Norton I, Emperor of the United States. As Gold Rush Stories relates the social tumult of the world rushing in, so too does it unearth the environmental consequences of the influx, including the destructive flood of yellow ooze (known as “slickens”) produced by the widespread and relentless practice of hydraulic mining. In the hands of a native son of the Sierra, these stories and dozens more reveal the surprising and untold complexities of the Gold Rush.

Free and open to the public, more information on University Press Book’s website.

Richard Schwartz at the Commonwealth Club

Tuesday Jul 11 2017   6:00 PM
Commonwealth Club of California Humanities Inforum  , 555 Post St, San Francisco  map

Historian Richard Schwartz will present an illustrated talk about his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis. This illustrated talk and book signing covers the San Francisco chapters of the life of an incredibly influential immigrant actor of the late nineteenth century. It is the story of immigration, assimilation, of the theatre and the invisible wings of comedy. It is how a play became the way a nation examined its feelings and attitudes towards immigrants and gave the audiences a chance to walk in shoes they would never have worn. It is the story of the Jewish Jackie Robinson of the stage—the first Jewish male actor who was allowed to portray a Jewish male on stage in America. It is the story of a man’s journey of incredible talent and creativity and fame and suffering and perseverance and dreaming. It is a story that involved the actor intimately (though forgotten until this book) with the Statue of Liberty and Mark Twain and New York and San Francisco and murder and the greatest African American entertainment troupe of its time and pioneering stints the still-infant silent movie industry. You are invited to take this journey through this illustrated talk by historian Richard Schwartz. The talk will focus on the actor’s early days in San Francisco’s theatrical history and his overnight rise to stardom. The talk will reveal how San Francisco became the actor’s home base from the 1870s through the 1906 Earthquake as he toured the country and how it almost ended his life.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Lafayette Historical Society

Sunday Jul 16 2017   1:00 PM
Lafayette Historical Society  3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA   map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.

Gold Rush Stories at the Nevada County Historical Society

Thursday Jul 20 2017   7:00 PM
Sierra Presbyterian Church  175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Nevada County Historical Society in Nevada City.
Free and open to the public; for more information, visit www.nevadacountyhistory.org/.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Berkeley Public Library

Saturday Jul 22 2017   1:00 PM
2090 Kittredge St  Berkeley, CA,  

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of Actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.

Gold Rush Stories at North Lake Tahoe Historical Society

Thursday Aug 17 2017  
Gatekeeper’s Museum and Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum  130 West Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit North Lake Tahoe Historical Society at http://northtahoemuseums.org/

Gold Rush Stories at the Gold Country Celtic Society

Wednesday Aug 23 2017   6:30 PM
Nevada City Veterans Memorial  415 N Pine St, Nevada City, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will read from and sign copies of his book for the Gold Country Celtic Society.

Open to the public, but potluck dinner reservation required; for more information visit http://nevadacountycelticclub.org/meetings.html.

Gold Rush Stories at the Auburn-Placer County Library

Friday Sep 15 2017   12:00 PM
Auburn-Placer County Library  350 Nevada St, Auburn, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the NOON Program of the Friends of the Auburn Library at the Auburn-Placer County Library.

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.folauburn.org/programs/noon-program

Gold Rush Stories at the Corral of Westerners in San Francisco

Tuesday Sep 26 2017   5:30 PM
Fior d’Italia restaurant, San Remo Hotel  2237 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Corral of Westerners in San Francisco.

Open to the public. Dinner reservation required. For more information, visit http://www.westernerssf.org/

Heyday Harvest 2017

Thursday Oct 05 2017   6:00 PM
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Save the date! The eleventh annual Heyday Harvest will be held at the Berkeley City Club on Thursday, October 5.

Questions about our signature event?

Please contact Mariko Conner, Marketing/Publicity Manager, at (510) 549-3564 ext. 308 or mariko@heydaybooks.com.

Gold Rush Stories at the Historic North Star House in Grass Valley

Sunday Oct 22 2017   2:00 PM
Historic North Star House  12075 Auburn Rd, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the North Star House Conservancy at the Historic North Star House in Grass Valley.

Open to the public. For more information, visit the North Star House Conservancy at https://thenorthstarhouse.org

Gold Rush Stories at the Mayflower Society in Folsom

Saturday Nov 18 2017   12:00 PM
Cliff House of Folsom  9900 Greenback Lane, Folsom, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Mayflower Society, Mother Lode Colony, in Folsom.

Open to the public. Luncheon reservation required.  For more information, visit the Mayflower Society at www.mayflowersociety.com