In an age of big box stores and media conglomerates, how can an independent publishing house survive -- and even thrive? |
Kim Bancroft takes us into Heyday, a small press that for forty years has spotlighted California's best stories. Drawing from the words of founder Malcolm Margolin, this compelling portrait recounts the making of Heyday, from its roots in the do-it-yourself/change-the-world clime of 1970s Berkeley to its present-day status as the "cultural linchpin for the state" (Northern California Book Booksellers Association). A chorus of friends, including Maxine Hong Kingston, Robert Hass, and Kevin Starr, enriches our understanding of a vibrant literary community and its one-of-a-kind leader. Funny and provocative, THE HEYDAY OF MALCOLM MARGOLIN reveals the workings of a courageously unconventional enterprise run on beauty, passion, friendship, and joy.
This evening, the man himself tells the tales, in conversation with Kim Bancroft.
"Malcolm Margolin should be bronzed (if it wouldn't hurt). He and Heyday are treasures beyond computation, bringing to light authors and issues that too many overlook or ignore. On top of that, he's a wise and kindly man and in this degenerate age his perspective should have the widest possible audience. Read this book. You won't be disappointed." -- Peter Coyote, actor/writer
"If you don't yet know Malcolm, prepare yourself to meet the uncle you wish you had, the glue that holds the sweetest parts of California together, and some very hilarious picaresque adventures amid this still-golden state." --Rebecca Solnit, author of The Faraway Nearby
"Malcolm Margolin has spent a lifetime bringing the California legend to life. He has brought our unrivaled diversity of native languages, cultures, species, and habitats into our hands and imaginations. There's no greater tribute to the man than what he's inspired us to save." -- Mike Sweeney, executive director, The Nature Conservancy
Kim Bancroft is a longtime teacher turned editor and writer. She earned a B.A. in English from Stanford, an M.A. in English and a teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate in education from UC Berkeley. She has taught at various high schools and community colleges in the Bay Area, at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, and at Sacramento State. Kim has edited several books, including Ariel: A Memoir by Ariel Parkinson; The Morning the Sun Went Down by Darryl Wilson; Ruth's Journey: A Survivor's Memoir, by Ruth Glasberg Gold; and Literary Industries: Chasing a Vanishing West by Hubert Howe Bancroft. She lives in Willits, California, in a redwood forest and enjoys the nouveau-Thoreau challenges and opportunities of life in a small cabin with a satellite dish on top. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Hubert Howe Bancroft.
Books will be available, and signing will follow the program. Note that advance ticket prices are lower than the door price of $15, available if space allows.
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