Heyday Books

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
Official websitewww.heydaybooks.com

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 books a year, as well as the quarterly magazine News from Native California.

In 2004, they merged with their nonprofit wing, the Clapperstick Institute, and became a full-fledged 501(c)(3) nonprofit enterprise.[2] In 2016, Margolin retired from Heyday, and Steve Wasserman, previously editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and an editor-at-large at Yale University Press, became Margolin's successor as publisher and executive director.[3]

The Berkeley RoundhouseEdit

The Berkeley Roundhouse, also known as the California Indian Publishing Program (CIPP), focuses on California Native Peoples. The Roundhouse hosts Native events and provides literature to under-served Native community members.[4] Since 1987, Heyday has published the quarterly magazine News from Native California, which is written from a Native People's perspective.[5]


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.[6] 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 (now Yosemite Conservancy).

Working with the California Legacy Project at Santa Clara University, Heyday produced the California Legacy series, which focused on California's literary and cultural heritage. In partnership with the Inlandia Institute at the Riverside Public Library, Heyday published books on the Inland Empire in Southern California.[7] Heyday has also published books on Yosemite National Park, and the Sierra Nevada, for the park. Currently Heyday partners with Sierra College to publish books in collaboration with the Sierra College Press.[8]


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

  • The East Bay Out: A Personal Guide to the East Bay Regional Parks, Malcolm Margolin, illustrations by Carl Dennis Buell, maps by Sharon G. Johnson (1974) ISBN 978-0930588151
  • The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area, Malcolm Margolin, illustrations by Michael Harney (1978) ISBN 978-0-930588-01-4
  • The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs & Remembrances, edited by Malcolm Margolin (1981) ISBN 978-1-59714-393-6
  • Humphrey the Wayward Whale, Ernest Callenbach and Christine Leefeldt (about the whale nicknamed Humphrey) (1986) ISBN 978-0-930588-23-6
  • Bitter Melon: Inside America's Last Rural Chinese Town, Jeff Gillenkirk and James Motlow. (1987) ISBN 0-930588-58-4 (subject: Locke, California)
  • The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (1938, first published by Heyday 1988) ISBN 978-1-890771-61-4
  • Berkeley Inside Out, Don Pitcher and Malcolm Margolin (1989) ISBN 978-0930588335
  • Life in a California Mission, Jean Francois de la Perouse (1797, first published by Heyday 1989) ISBN 978-0-930588-39-7
  • Stickeen, John Muir (1897, first published by Heyday 1990) ISBN 978-0-930588-48-9
  • Jack London and His Daughters, Joan London (1990) ISBN 978-0930588441
  • 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) ISBN 978-0930588533
  • To the American Indian: Reminiscenses of a Yurok Woman, Weitch-Ah-Wah, Che-Na-Wah (a.k.a. Lucy Thompson) (reprint edition, 1991) ISBN 978-0-930588-47-2
  • 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.) ISBN 978-0-930588-65-6
  • Life Amongst the Modocs: Unwritten History, Joaquin Miller (reprint edition, 1996) ISBN 978-0-930588-79-3
  • Flutes of Fire, Leanne Hinton (1996) ISBN 978-0-930588-62-5
  • Two Bear Cubs, Robert D. San Souci (1997) ISBN 978-1-59714-092-8
  • Into A Wild Sanctuary: A Life in Music & Natural Sound, Bernie Krause, author and composer (with companion CD) (1998) ISBN 1-890771-11-2
  • The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place, edited by Christopher Buckley and Gary Young (1999) ISBN 978-1-890771-19-5
  • A World Transformed: Firsthand Accounts of California Before the Gold Rush, edited by Joshua Paddison (1999) ISBN 1-890771-13-9
  • Topaz Moon: Art of the Internment, Kimi Kodani Hill (2000). A biography of Chiura Obata, who started the art school at Tanforan and Topaz. ISBN 978-1-890771-26-3
  • Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience, edited by Lawson Fusao Inada (2000) ISBN 978-1-890771-30-0
  • The Shirley Letters from the California Mines, 1851-1852, Dame Shirley (Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe) (2001) ISBN 978-1-890771-00-3
  • How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets, edited by Christopher Buckley, David Oliveira, M. L. Williams (2001) ISBN 978-0-9666691-7-6
  • Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Writers from California (2002) ISBN 978-1-890771-59-1
  • California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present, edited by Dana Gioia, Chryss Yost, Jack Hicks (2004) ISBN 978-1-890771-72-0
  • Peaceful Painter: Memoirs of an Issei Woman Artist Hisako Hibi, Hibi Hisako (2004), artist who worked at the Topaz Art School. ISBN 978-1-890771-90-4
  • Journey to Topaz, Yoshiko Uchida (1971, first published by Heyday 2004) ISBN 978-1-890771-91-1
  • Sierra Birds, John Muir Laws (2004) ISBN 978-1-59714-487-2
  • Peace is a Four Letter Word, Janet Nichols Lynch (2005) ISBN 978-1-59714-014-0
  • Haslam's Valley, Gerald Haslam (2005) ISBN 978-1-59714-018-8
  • Deeper Than Gold: A Guide to Indian Life in the Sierra Foothills, Brian Bibby, photographs by Dugan Aguilar (2005) ISBN 978-0-930588-96-0
  • Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photographers, edited by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie & V. Passalacqua (2006) ISBN 978-1-59714-057-7
  • The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, John Muir Laws (2007) ISBN 978-1-59714-052-2
  • Ticket to Exile: A Memoir, Adam David Miller (2007) ISBN 978-1-59714-065-2
  • Woman of Ill Fame, Erika Mailman (2007) ISBN 978-1-59714-051-5
  • First Families: A Photographic History of California Indians, L. Frank and Kim Hogeland (2007) ISBN 978-1-59714-013-3
  • 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
  • Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints, Gary Snyder, illustrated by Tom Killion (2009) ISBN 978-1-59714-259-5
  • Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi (2009) ISBN 978-1-59714-491-9
  • Married at Fourteen: A True Story, Lucille Lang Day (2012) ISBN 978-1-59714-198-7
  • The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, John Muir Laws (2012) ISBN 978-1-59714-195-6
  • Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, Deborah A. Miranda (2013) ISBN 978-1-59714-201-4
  • Looking at Art, the Art of Looking, Richard Nagler (2014) ISBN 978-1-59714-266-3
  • A Is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC, Analisa Tripp, illustrations by Lyn Risling (2015) ISBN 978-1-59714-316-5
  • The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, John Muir Laws (2016) ISBN 978-1-59714-315-8
  • Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi (2017) ISBN 978-1-59714-368-4
  • The California Field Atlas, Obi Kaufmann (2017) ISBN 978-1-59714-402-5
  • Foucault in California, Simeon Wade (2019) ISBN 978-1-59714-463-6
  • Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations, John Tateishi (2020) ISBN 978-1-59714-498-8
  • Something Wonderful, Matt Ritter, Nayl Gonzalez (2021) ISBN 9780999896013
  • Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War, Daniel A. Sjursen (2020) ISBN 9781597145145
  • The Forests of California, Obi Kaufmann (2020) ISBN 978-1-59714-479-7
  • Dream State: California in the Movies, Mick LaSalle (2021) ISBN 9781597145329
  • An Indian Among Los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir, Ursula Pike (2021) ISBN 978-1597145275
  • Birds of Lake Merritt, Alex Harris (2021) ISBN 9781597145480
  • Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderment in Native California, Malcolm Margolin (2021) ISBN 9781597145350
  • Full Ecology: Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World, Mary M. Clare and Gary Ferguson (2020) ISBN 9781597145190
  • Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth Century America, Sherry L. Smith (2020) ISBN 978-1597145169
  • Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, and Depravity, and the Birth of the Golden State, Gary Noy (2020) ISBN 978-1597144995
  • Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Nature in Your Neighborhood, Marni Fylling (2020) ISBN 9781597144803
  • Hansen’s Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevada, Keith Hansen, Edward C. Beedy, Adam Donkin (2021) ISBN 9781597145336
  • My Country ’Tis of Thee: Reporting, Sallies, and Other Confessions, David Harris (2020) ISBN 9781597145152


Book awardsEdit

Awards won by Margolin, as publisherEdit


  1. ^ Frances Dinkelspiel and Pete Rosos, "Snapshot: Malcolm Margolin, Founder, Heyday Books", Berkeleyside, January 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Bancroft, Kim (2014). The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher. Berkeley: Heyday. ISBN 9781597142878.
  3. ^ Milliot, Jim (19 October 2020). "Steve Wasserman To Head Heyday Books". www.publishersweekly.com. Publishers Weekly.
  4. ^ "The Berkeley Roundhouse". www.heydaybooks.com. Heyday. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  5. ^ Long, Hannah (27 July 2012). "A Berkeley magazine celebrating native culture turns 25". www.berkeleyside.com. Berkeleyside.
  6. ^ "Heyday Books: Day of Rememberance(sic)", California Historical Society, February 10, 2011.
  7. ^ Books, Inlandia Institute.
  8. ^ "Sierra College Press: Partnership with Heyday Books", WN.com, May 6, 2011.
  9. ^ Catherine Stifter, "Malcolm Margolin, founder of Heyday Books, wins Lannan Culture Freedom Award", Saving the Sierra, December 16, 2008.

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