The Salon: Still Publishing. Still Happy

Friday Oct 19 2012   6:00 PM
Sundance Books and Music  121 California Ave., Reno, CA  map

At a time of economic stress and technological change, when it seems that the book is under siege, one seldom hears the word “jubilant” in conjunction with publishing. Yet it’s there, at the core of what traditional publishers like Malcolm Margolin of California’s Heyday, Christine Kelly of Reno’s Baobab Press, and Gary Noy of Sierra College Press do.

At this month’s Salon, Malcolm Margolin, Christine Kelly, and Gary Noy will share a public conversation about book publishing in the twenty-first century. They’ll give attendees a glimpse into the daily life of a publisher, explore the idea of publishing as community building, and shed light on the abiding satisfactions and rewards of shaping ideas, giving voice, and creating beauty.

This event is funded by Nevada Humanities, Nevada’s nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission.

Free and open to the public; for more information visit

Malcolm MargolinMalcolm Margolin is the publisher emeritus of Heyday, an independent nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution, which he founded in 1974. Margolin is author of several books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco–Monterey Bay Area, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important books of the twentieth century by a western writer. He has received dozens of prestigious awards among which are the Chairman's Commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fred Cody Award Lifetime Achievement from the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, the Helen Crocker Russell Award for Community Leadership from the San Francisco Foundation, the Carey McWilliams Award for Lifetime Achievement from the California Studies Association, an Oscar Lewis Award for Western History from the Book Club of California, a Hubert Bancroft Award from Friends of the Bancroft Library, a Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He helped found the Bay Nature Institute and the Alliance for California Traditional Artists.
Gary Noy

A Sierra Nevada native and current resident, Gary Noy taught history at Sierra College from 1987 until 2012. He founded the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and served as its director until his retirement. His previous titles include Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues (Heyday, 2014), which won the Gold Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday, 2010), which he coedited, and Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West (University of Nebraska Press, 1999). Visit his website at