Date Palms, Eucalyptus, and Orange Blossoms: Places, History and Story in California

Tuesday Sep 04 2012   6:00 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission St., San Francisco, CA  map

Join Heyday and The California Historical Society for this special evening with Susan Straight who is on tour sharing about her newest and ninth novel, Between Heaven and Here (McSweeney’s, 2012). Heyday lovers will also know her from her exquisite contribution to Inlandia, and we’re honored that the path-breaking compilation’s editor, Gayle Wattawa, will join Susan in the Society’s gracious main gallery. Together they’ll converse on the meaning, construction and idea of home, as Susan says “of people who stay and people who leave.” As a third-generation Inland Valley girl, the Society’s Executive Director Dr. Anthea Hartig is particularly thrilled to bring such probing reflections of her heimat to the City by the Bay. There will be plenty of time for questions, and Between Heaven and Here will be available for purchase and signing as will Inlandia and many of the Heyday titles that CHS is honored to offer in our shared bookstore Ten Lions. Refreshments and nibbles, per always, are included.

Admission is free, but RSVPS are required and you can do so at

Gayle WattawaGayle Wattawa, thoroughly addicted to contemporary literature, always carries with her a well-worn public library card and a relentless weakness for book reviews, literary journals, and lit news blogs. She is the founding editor of the New California Writing series and editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire. As Heyday's acquisitions and editorial director, she has supervised the assemblage of a half-dozen other literary anthologies as well.