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Heyday Books

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Publication types  books, magazines
Founder  Malcolm Margolin
Country of origin  United States of America
Official website  www.heydaybooks.com
Founded  1974
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Nonfiction topics  California, natural history, Native Americans
Headquarters location  Berkeley, California, United States

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


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. 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 Program

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. 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. 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.


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 exhibits

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.

Book Awards

  • ALA Notable Book, American Library Association
  • American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Award
  • American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation
  • PEN Beyond Margins Award
  • California Book Awards, Commonwealth Club, Gold Medal
  • California Collection Book, California Readers Association
  • Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title
  • Commonwealth Club Award, Silver Medal
  • Foreword Book of the Year Award, Bronze Medal
  • Journalism Award-Media Award, American Planning Association
  • Kiriyama Prize Notable Book
  • National Wildlife Federation's Communicator of the Year Award
  • Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Award
  • Pen Oakland Annual Josephine Booksellers Association Award
  • Pen Oakland National Literary Award
  • PubWest Book Design Award
  • Rolling Stone Magazine Ralph J. Gleason Award
  • William Carlos Williams Award, Academy of American Poets
  • Awards won by Margolin, as publisher

  • American Book Award for Publishing/Editing, Before Columbus Foundation
  • Award for Organizational Excellence, American Association for State and Local History
  • California Council for the Promotion of History Award
  • California Indian Heath Services Award
  • Carey McWilliams Award for Lifetime Achievement, California Studies Association
  • Cultural Freedom Award, Lannan Foundation (2008)
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Fred Cody Award, Bay Area Book Reviewers Association
  • Gerbode Fellowship
  • Helen Crocker Russell Award for Community Leadership, San Francisco Foundation
  • The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award, The Bancroft Library
  • Martin Baumhoff Award for Achievement by the Society for California Archaeology
  • The Oscar Lewis Award for Contributions to Western Society, Book Club of California
  • Presidential Commendation, The Society for California Archaeology
  • Publishing Award, California Horticultural Society
  • Special recognition for leadership in the arts, California Arts Council
  • References

    Heyday Books Wikipedia

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