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

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 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 Roundhouse

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 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.

Select bibliography


Book awards

Awards won by Margolin, as publisher


  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". Publishers Weekly.
  4. ^ "The Berkeley Roundhouse". Heyday. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  5. ^ Long, Hannah (27 July 2012). "A Berkeley magazine celebrating native culture turns 25". 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",, May 6, 2011.
  9. ^ Catherine Stifter, "Malcolm Margolin, founder of Heyday Books, wins Lannan Culture Freedom Award", Saving the Sierra, December 16, 2008.