Heyday Books

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

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.[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 Program[edit]

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 exhibits[edit]

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 bibliography[edit]


Book awards[edit]

Awards won by Margolin, as publisher[edit]


  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", WN.com, 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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