Heyday and News from Native California long reads from 2014

In this excerpt from Enough for All: Foods of My Dry Creek Pomo and Bodega Miwuk People, Kathleen Rose Smith whetted our appetites for seafood gathered from the Pacific.

“There’s something wonderful in that spirit of publishers who are really dedicated to and passionate about the work that they’re putting out into the world, no matter the cost.”

Gary Noy told us one Sierra story that didn’t make it into the book.

The New York Times covered Forbidden City, USA.

News from Native California ran its first article written in the Chochenyo language, supplemented online with Soundcloud recording and English translation.

“When you’re in the midst of a love affair, I’m not sure you’re inclined to sit back and ruminate on its themes.”

Heyday designer Ashley Ingram showed us how a manuscript becomes a book.

“There was nothing out there that was contemporary, or matched the stories I heard at home, or matched the reality that I lived in. And that reality is, like I said, being part of something that’s very old, and still being part of the modern world. It’s not that hard to be. A lot of people think you have to choose one thing or the other. No, you can be both.”

“Describing himself in his biography as a psychotic optimist who loves the grand opera of bookmaking and always considers himself 15 minutes from abundance, his philosophy is this: Work is holy; financial problems are to be kept behind a firewall.”

Ruby Tuttle Bommelyn (Yuki Maidu, Karuk, Yurok) described her experience of home-schooling her children in the Tolowa language.

“Bees are interested in three things: pollen, nectar, and sex. That’s it! You’re not on that list!”

The City of Berkeley celebrated Malcolm Margolin/Heyday Day.

This PDF preview of San Francisco’s Jewel City showed us that technology was a crucial part of SF long before the dot-com booms.

What could one underpass in downtown LA mean for California’s history as well as its future?