Heyday

aka Heyday Books, News from Native California   |   Berkeley, CA   |  www.heydaybooks.com

Mission

Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher founded in 1974 in Berkeley, California. We are a diverse community of writers and readers, activists and thinkers. Heyday promotes civic engagement and social justice, celebrates nature’s beauty, supports California Indian cultural renewal, and explores the state’s rich history, culture, and influence. Heyday works to realize the California dream of equity and enfranchisement.

Ruling year info

1997

Publisher

Steve Wasserman

General Manager / Editorial Director

Gayle Wattawa

Main address

P.O. Box 9145

Berkeley, CA 94709 USA

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EIN

94-3268357

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As a nonprofit publisher, Heyday focuses on amplifying voices and ideas that may otherwise go overlooked. We produce work that is culturally significant and has long-lasting impact, even if it is less conventionally commercial. Unlike most larger publishers, we have a mission that centers around a home we know and love—a home where Heyday has been for 45 years. We chronicle and celebrate California in a way that few other publishers or organizations can. Heyday’s Berkeley Roundhouse, the California Indian publishing program of our organization, helps provide an alternative to mainstream narratives through thoughtful publications, events, and partnerships. Our quarterly magazine, News from Native California, and books on Native life are done in collaboration with tribal communities, combatting challenges with visibility and representation in the media.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Berkeley Roundhouse

The Berkeley Roundhouse is Heyday's California Indian publishing and events program. Our Native books, quarterly magazine, News from Native California, and public events are devoted to the vibrant cultures, arts, languages, histories, social justice movements, and stories of California's diverse Indian peoples.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of periodicals distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples

Related Program

The Berkeley Roundhouse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Heyday aims to promote civic engagement and social justice, celebrate nature’s beauty, support California Indian cultural renewal, and explore the state’s rich history, culture, and influence. Through the work we publish and events we host, our goal is to continue growing a diverse community of writers, readers, and activists who think critically about the issues most important in our home state and beyond.

At Heyday, we prioritize sustainably acquiring, publishing, and promoting the books and events that best fulfill our mission. We also seek to use best publishing practices to ensure that our team works together in ways that are fiscally sustainable and professionally satisfying.

We will achieve our goals each year by publishing up to twenty books, four quarterly issues of News from Native California, and participating in dozens of events. We continue to partner with California’s leading cultural organizations and participate together in educational initiatives.

Heyday has a long history as an editorially-focused press that prioritizes relationships. By encouraging and supporting authors to tell their own histories and rewrite dominant narratives, Heyday imbues communities that are impacted by these narratives with agency and a central role in crafting new ones. Our projects add to the growing literature giving voice to minority experiences, offering new, accessible, personally grounded ways to understand culture and history.

A passionate team of 12 employees, 11 engaged board members, and an ever-growing community of authors, artists, freelancers, friends, and funders help bring Heyday’s work to life.

Heyday’s board has finance, audit, development, and governance/nominating committees that meet regularly, while the full board gathers quarterly. Board members’ acumen in budgeting, accounting, fundraising, law, and leadership are serving Heyday tremendously. Regular communication between board and staff bolsters our ability to serve the community in many ways. We work collaboratively with a wonderful network of authors and artists in order to produce the highest quality books and community-centered events.

Since our founding in 1974 by Malcolm Margolin, Heyday has proudly published over 500 books and currently releases 15-20 new works each year. Margolin also co-founded the quarterly magazine News from Native California, now in its 33rd year published by Heyday with a Native-led team. We have taken a lead role in dozens of prominent education programs throughout the state, and we partner with many leading cultural institutions.

In 2016, Margolin retired from Heyday, and Steve Wasserman succeeded him as publisher and executive director. In 2018, Heyday began national distribution for our books with Publishers Group West (an Ingram brand), one of the country’s leading distributors. Today our work at Heyday is guided by four central areas of California nonfiction publishing: History, Social Justice, Nature, and California Indian Cultural Renewal. We will continue to promote truth and storytelling in these areas as we approach our second half century of publishing.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Heyday

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Wax

Don Franzen

The Law Offices of Funsten & Franzen

Whitney Green

Walt Disney Pictures

Brian Kenny

Hearst Corporation

Steve Wax

The Cooke Wax Partnership

Bruce Goldsmith

Author, Screenwriter, and Playwright

Lizbeth Hasse

Creative Industry Law and JAMS

Catherine Kanner

Catherine Kanner Design & Illustration

Zachary Karabell

River Twice Research

Marty Price

Oakland Technical High School

Megan Vered

Author and Writing Workshop Facilitator

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes