Steve Wasserman

Steve Wasserman, raised in Berkeley and a graduate of Cal, is Heyday’s publisher and executive director. He is a former editor-at-large for Yale University Press and editorial director of Times Books/Random House and publisher of Hill & Wang and The Noonday Press at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He has worked with many authors and published numerous books, including, most recently, Greil Marcus’s The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs, Martha Hodes’s Mourning Lincoln, David Thomson’s Why Acting Matters, and two posthumous volumes of the late critic Ralph J. Gleason’s musical and political writings.

A founder of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the University of Southern California, Wasserman was a principal architect of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books during the nine years he served as editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review (1996–2005). He began his career as an assistant editor to Warren Hinckle at Francis Ford Coppola’s City Magazine of San Francisco and went on to become deputy editor of the Sunday Opinion section and Op-Ed Page of the Los Angeles Times (1978–1983) before becoming editor in chief of New Republic Books, based in Washington, D.C., and New York. He was also a partner in Kneerim & Williams, a Boston-based literary agency, and represented, among others, Robert Scheer, Christopher Hitchens, David Thomson, Linda Ronstadt, and Placido Domingo. He has written for many publications, including The Village Voice, Threepenny Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The American Conservative, The Progressive, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, and the (London) Times Literary Supplement.

Past Events

Bay Area Book Festival

Saturday Apr 28 2018 - Sunday Apr 29 2018 
Civic Center Park  , Downtown Berkeley, CA  map

Ransoming Pagan Babies at the Mechanics’ Institute: A Panel Discussion

Thursday Feb 15 2018   6:30 PM
Mechanics' Institute  57 Post St, San Francisco, CA  map

Ransoming Pagan Babies Launch Party

Wednesday Feb 07 2018   7:00 PM
City Lights Bookstore  261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

Litquake: How a Mountain Was Made

Sunday Oct 08 2017   6:00 PM
San Francisco Center for the Book  375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA  map

Night at the Museum with News From Native California

Saturday Apr 15 2017   6:30 PM
Maidu Museum and Historic Site  1970 Johnson Ranch Drive , Roseville, CA  map

Remembering Tom Hayden: A Life of Activism and Radical Reform

Thursday Feb 09 2017   6:00 PM
Mechanic's Institute  57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Jack London: California Radical

Wednesday Nov 16 2016   6:30 PM
Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room  57 Post St, San Francisco, CA  map