Malcolm Margolin

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Malcolm Margolin
Margolin with Sonya Rapoport in 2012
Margolin with Sonya Rapoport in 2012
Born (1940-10-27) October 27, 1940 (age 78)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationWriter, editor, publisher
Notable awardsAmerican Book Award; Chairman's Commendation, National Endowment for the Humanities; The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award; Cultural Freedom Award, Lannan Foundation; Helen Crocker Russell Award for Community Leadership, San Francisco Foundation,

Malcolm Margolin is an author, publisher, and former executive director of Heyday Books, an independent nonprofit publisher and cultural institution in Berkeley, California.[1] From his founding of Heyday in 1974 until his retirement at the end of 2015, he oversaw the publication of several hundred books and the creation of two quarterly magazines: News from Native California, devoted to the history and ongoing cultural concerns of California Indians, and Bay Nature, devoted to the natural history of the San Francisco Bay Area. In the fall of 2017, he established a new enterprise, the California Institute for Community, Art, and Nature (California ICAN) to continue and expand upon the work that he began more than forty years ago.

Margolin is the author/editor of several books including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important books of the twentieth century by a western writer. His essays and articles have appeared in a number of periodicals including The Nation, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times.

He has received many honors including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, a Community Leadership Award from the San Francisco Foundation, a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California, an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and a Cultural Freedom Award[2] from the Lannan Foundation. In 2012 he received the chairman's Commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities,[3] the second person in the United States to be so honored.

Margolin has lectured widely and has served as advisor and mentor to many other publishers. In addition to founding Heyday (1974), News from Native California (1987), and Bay Nature (2001), he co-founded the Alliance for California Tradition Arts (1997), an organization devoted to California folk arts, and has served on its board since its beginning. In 2001, he co-founded Inlandia Institute, a literary center in Riverside, California. He currently serves on the Publication Committee of the Book Club of California and devotes time and effort to a number of environmental, cultural, and social justice organizations and causes.

Margolin was born in Boston on October 27, 1940,[citation needed] and graduated with a degree in literature from Harvard University in 1964. He has lived in Berkeley since the late 1960s, where he and his wife, Rina, have raised three children: Reuben (1970), Sadie (1974), and Jacob (1980).


Books authored by Margolin include:

  • The East Bay Out: A Personal Guide to the East Bay Regional Parks (rev. ed.). Berkeley: Heyday. 1974. ISBN 0-930588-15-0.
  • The Earth Manual: How to Work on Wild Land without Taming It. Berkeley: Heyday. 1975. ISBN 0-930588-18-5.
  • Margolin, Malcolm, ed. (1981). The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs & Reminiscences. Berkeley: Heyday. ISBN 0-930588-55-X.
  • Margolin, Malcolm; Yolanda Montijo, eds. (1995). Native Ways: California Indian Stories and Memories. Berkeley: Heyday. ISBN 0-930588-73-8.
  • The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco–Monterey Bay Area. Berkeley: Heyday. 1978. ISBN 0-930588-01-0.
  • Margolin, Malcolm; Linsteadt, Sylvia. Wonderments of the East Bay. Berkeley: Heyday. 2014. ISBN 978-1-59714-296-0.
  • Bancroft, Kim. The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher. Berkeley: Heyday. 2014. ISBN 978-1-59714-287-8.
  • La Perouse, Jean-Francois de Galaup; Edited, introduced, with extensive commentary by Malcolm Margolin. Life in a California Mission: Monterey in 1786. Berkeley: Heyday. 1989. ISBN 978-0-930588-39-7.


  • American Book Award for Publishing/Editing, Before Columbus Foundation[4]
  • Award for Organizational Excellence, American Association of State and Local History
  • California Council for the Promotion of History Award[5]
  • California Indian Health Services Award
  • "California State Assembly Resolution" honoring Heyday
  • Carey McWilliams Award for Lifetime Achievement, California Studies Association[6]
  • Chairman’s Commendation, National Endowment for the Humanities[3]
  • Cultural Freedom Award, Lannan Foundation[2]
  • 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[7]
  • The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award, The Bancroft Library[8]
  • Martin Baumhoff Award for Achievement by the Society for California Archaeology
  • The Oscar Lewis Award for Contributions to Western History, Book Club of California
  • Presidential Commendation, The Society for California Archaeology[9]
  • Publishing Award, California Horticultural Society
  • Special recognition for leadership in the arts, California Arts Council


  1. ^ Dinkelspiel, Frances; Rosos, Pete (January 11, 2012). "Snapshot: Malcolm Margolin, Founder, Heyday Books".
  2. ^ a b "Lannan Foundation". Lannan Foundation.
  3. ^ a b "Malcolm Margolin". National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
  4. ^ American Booksellers Association (2013). "The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation [1980–2012]". BookWeb. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 2001 [...] Editor/Publisher Award: Malcolm Margolin Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  6. ^ "Awards".
  7. ^ "2008 Awardees". The San Francisco Foundation. Archived from the original on December 23, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award". Bancroft Library. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "SCA Meeting Awards | Society for California Archaeology".

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