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Heyday is an independent nonprofit publisher based in Berkeley, California.

Heyday Books
FounderMalcolm Margolin
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationBerkeley, California
Publication typesbooks, magazines
Nonfiction topicsCalifornia, natural history, Native Americans

Heyday was founded by Malcolm Margolin in 1974 when he wrote, typeset, designed, and distributed The East Bay Out, a guide to the natural history of the hills and bay shore in and round Berkeley and Oakland, in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.[1] Heyday publishes around twenty-five books a year, founded two magazines—News from Native California and Bay Nature—and has been involved in public education programs in California.

In 2004, they merged with their nonprofit wing, the Clapperstick Institute, and became a full-fledged 501(c)(3) nonprofit enterprise.

California Indian Publishing ProgramEdit

The California Indian Publishing Program (CIPP) focuses on California Native Peoples. CIPP hosts Native events and provides literature to under-served Native community members. Since 1987, Heyday has published the quarterly magazine News from Native California, which is written from a Native People's perspective.


Heyday is a frequent partner with other California cultural organizations. Heyday co-founded the California Historical Society Press with the California Historical Society, which together have published several books.[2] Heyday has produced books in conjunction with the California Council for the Humanities; the California State Library; the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley; the Oakland Museum of California; the Commonwealth Club of California; Santa Clara University; the California Academy of Sciences; the Japanese American National Museum; and the Yosemite Association.

Working with the California Legacy Project at Santa Clara University, Heyday produces the California Legacy series, which focuses on California's literary and cultural heritage. Heyday's books on the Inland Empire focus on the inland regions of Southern California, with Heyday having formed a partnership with the Inlandia Institute at the Riverside Public Library.[3] Heyday's Great Valley Books imprint focuses on the Central Valley. In 2008, Heyday began publishing books on Yosemite National Park, and the Sierra Nevada, for the park. The Sierra College Press imprint is a partnership with Sierra College.[4]


Heyday sponsors over two hundred events annually. Three of Heyday's books have served as the basis for PBS documentaries. Heyday organizes talks, readings, workshops, presentations and displays across the state, and has additionally held events in fourteen states and three countries.

Museum exhibitsEdit

Heyday's titles have launched, or have accompanied, numerous museum exhibitions. More than twenty books published by Heyday have been adapted into exhibits and museum shows, at such venues as the Oakland Museum of California and the Autry National Center.

Select bibliographyEdit

  • Bitter Melon: Inside America's Last Rural Chinese Town, Jeff Gillenkirk and James Motlow. (1987) ISBN 0-930588-58-4 (subject: Locke, California)
  • Berkeley Inside Out, Don Pitcher and Malcolm Margolin (1989)
  • The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, John Muir Laws
  • Journey to Topaz, Yoshiko Uchida
  • The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area, Malcolm Margolin, illustrations by Michael Harney (1978)
  • Sierra Birds, John Muir Laws
  • Humphrey the Wayward Whale, Ernest Callenbach and Christine Leefeldt (about the whale nicknamed Humphrey)
  • Stickeen, John Muir
  • The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs & Remembrances, edited by Malcolm Margolin (1993) ISBN 0-930588-55-X
  • Life in a California Mission, Jean Francois de la Perouse
  • Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Writers from California
  • Life Amongst the Modocs: Unwritten History, Joaquin Miller (reprint edition, 1996)
  • The Shirley Letters from the California Mines, 1851-1852, Dame Shirley (Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe) (2001) ISBN 1-890771-00-7
  • The Bay Area at War: How We Reacted to the Persian Gulf Crisis, edited by Eric Newton and Roger Rapoport (with the Oakland Tribune) (1991)
  • Jack London and His Daughters, Joan London (1990)
  • How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets, edited by Christopher Buckley, David Oliveira, M. L. Williams (2001) ISBN 978-0-9666691-7-6
  • The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place, edited by Christopher Buckley and Gary Young (1999) ISBN 978-1-890771-19-5
  • California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present, edited by Dana Gioia, Chryss Yost, Jack Hicks (2004) ISBN 978-1-890771-72-0
  • Flutes of Fire, Leanne Hinton (1996) ISBN 978-0-930588-62-5
  • To the American Indian: Reminiscenses of a Yurok Woman, Weitch-Ah-Wah, Che-Na-Wah (a.k.a. Lucy Thompson) (reprint edition, 1991)
  • A World Transformed: Firsthand Accounts of California Before the Gold Rush, edited by Joshua Paddison (1999) ISBN 1-890771-13-9
  • Peace is a Four Letter Word, Janet Nichols Lynch (2005)
  • Haslam's Valley, Gerald Haslam (2005)
  • Ararapíkva: Creation Stories of the People, edited by Julian Lang (1994) (Four Karuk traditional narratives collected from Phoebe Maddux and Fritz Hansen by John P. Harrington in 1926 and from Margaret Harrie by Hans Jørgen Uldall in 1932.)
  • Above All: Mount Whitney + California's Highest Peaks, Steve Roper, photographs by David Stark Wilson. (with the Yosemite Association) (2008) ISBN 978-1-59714-107-9
  • Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photographers, edited by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie & V. Passalacqua (2006)
  • Ticket to Exile: A Memoir, Adam David Miller (2007)
  • Woman of Ill Fame, Erika Mailman (2007)
  • Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience, edited by Lawson Fusao Inada (2000)
  • Into A Wild Sanctuary: A Life in Music & Natural Sound, Bernie Krause, author and composer (with companion CD) (1998) ISBN 1-890771-11-2
  • Two Bear Cubs, Robert D. San Souci
  • Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints, Gary Snyder, illustrated by Tom Killion
  • The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  • Peaceful Painter: Memoirs of an Issei Woman Artist Hisako Hibi, Hibi Hisako (2004), artist who worked at the Topaz Art School.
  • Topaz Moon: Art of the Internment, Kimi Kodani Hill (2000). A biography of Chiura Obata, who started the art school at Tanforan and Topaz.
  • Deeper Than Gold: A Guide to Indian Life in the Sierra Foothills, Brian Bibby, photographs by Dugan Aguilar (2005)
  • Married at Fourteen: A True Story, Lucille Lang Day (2012) ISBN 978-1597141987
  • Looking at Art, the Art of Looking, Richard Nagler (2014) ISBN 978-1-59714-266-3
  • The California Field Atlas, Obi Kaufmann (2017) ISBN 978-1-59714-402-5


Book awardsEdit

Awards won by Margolin, as publisherEdit


  1. ^ Frances Dinkelspiel and Pete Rosos, "Snapshot: Malcolm Margolin, Founder, Heyday Books", Berkleyside, January 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Heyday Books: Day of Rememberance(sic)", California Historical Society, February 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Books, Inlandia Institute.
  4. ^ "Sierra College Press: Partnership with Heyday Books",, May 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Catherine Stifter, "Malcolm Margolin, founder of Heyday Books, wins Lannan Culture Freedom Award", Saving the Sierra, December 16, 2008.

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