Debuts October 2022 — Feels Like Home


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Linda Ronstadt Takes Readers On a Sumptuous Journey Through the Sonoran Borderlands in New Memoir

The Grammy award-winning singer celebrates her Mexican-American heritage and the marvelous flavors and indomitable people on both sides of the border in this road trip through the high desert.

BERKELEY, CALIF. — Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Linda Ronstadt takes readers on a joyfully narrated, photographic road trip through the Sonoran Desert in celebration of her Mexican American heritage and her love for the region in a new memoir, Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands (on sale October 4), published by Heyday.

Written with her friend and former New York Times writer Lawrence Downes, and illustrated with vibrant photos by Bill Steen (a Tucson native and longtime friend of the Ronstadt family), Feels Like Home shines a warm light on the particular stretch of southern Arizona and northern Mexico, a starkly beautiful land, rich in history, that Linda’s family has called home for more than 200 years.

The granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and descendant of Spanish settlers, Linda Ronstadt was born in Tucson and grew up singing the Mexican canciones her father Gilbert taught her. Many years later, in honor of those songs, she released her 1987 album Canciones de mi Padre, which sold more than 2.5 million copies and became the biggest selling foreign language album in the US at that time. Her new book highlights 34 Sonoran songs that are dear to Linda (some of which will feature in a companion album Feels Like Home: Songs from the Sonoran Borderlands and Beyond—Linda Ronstadt’s Musical Odyssey forthcoming from Putumayo World Music).

Feels Like Home also offers 20 recipes for traditional Sonoran and southern Arizonan dishes and other recipes that have been served at Ronstadt family gatherings for decades (including Jackie Ronstadt’s Tunapeños, caldo de queso, Albondigas de la Familia Ronstadt, and cheese crisps). Even her longest and most devoted fans will discover a bevy of revelations and surprises, such as intimate stories from her childhood, family letters, and candid snapshots. With 75 full-color and black and white photos of Linda as a young girl, of her ancestors and relatives, of the foods she adores and of the beautiful landscape that means so much to her, this book is a lavish, visual dive into Linda’s lifelong loves: the sights, songs, and savory cuisine of the Sonoran Desert region.

Feels Like Home is a heartfelt portrayal of Linda’s affection for the people, culture, history, and breathtaking natural beauty of the place where her soul is anchored and that had the greatest influence on her music, and will be published in time for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2022).

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Feels Like Home invites us on an exquisite journey of beauty, adventure and history. It’s a magical trip you don’t want to miss. This book will fill your heart, your soul and your spirit. We need that now more than ever.”

DOLORES HUERTA, labor organizer and civil-rights activist


Contains 75 full color and black-and-white photographs, including never before seen photos of Linda Ronstadt and her family as well as stunning landscapes of the Sonoran Borderlands by Bill Steen.


Includes notes on Linda's musical inspiration, particularly for her Spanish language album, Canciones de mi Padre—an ode to traditional Mexican Mariachi music that still stands as one of the best-selling Latin albums in American recording history.


Features 20 recipes for traditional Sonoran dishes and Ronstadt family recipes in sumptuous two-page spreads throughout the text.

ON SALE OCTOBER 2022

Feels Like Home features classic Sonoran recipes, including

Caldo de Queso

(Sonoran Cheese Soup)

"This soup embodies what I love about Sonoran cooking—it's deliciously simple. Some restaurants in Tucson serve a goopy cheese soup and call it Sonoran; this isn't that."

—Linda Ronstadt


About the Authors

Lina Ronstadt, the great-granddaughter of Friedrich Ronstadt and Margarita Ronstadt of Sonora, Mexico, is one of the world’s most acclaimed singers. Her six-decade career encompassed rock, folk, country, light opera, Mexican songs and American standards. She has sold more than 100 million records, won 12 Grammy awards and is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, won a Grammy for best musical films in 2021. Follow Linda on Instagram and Facebook.

Lawrence Downes is a writer and editor in New York. For more than thirty years he worked in newspapers: the Chicago Sun-TimesNewsday, and the New York Times. At the Times he was an editor and member of the editorial board, and he wrote about immigration, New York city and state politics and government, disability rights, veterans affairs, the environment, and other subjects. He lives in Northport, New York, with his wife, the journalist Patricia Wiedenkeller.

Bill Steen has been photographing, exploring, learning, and sharing the beauty and bounty of the Sonoran borderlands for more than three decades. With his wife, Athena Swentzell Steen, he is a founder of the Canelo Porject, near Elgin, Arizona, a family-based community and an applied educational center that gives people hands-on experience with a lifestyle that aims to be sustainable. The Steens are the authors, with David Bainbridge, of The Straw Bale House and numerous other books about straw-bale construction and sustainable living.


Feels Like Home is personal and revealing—with vivid portraits of her forebears who immigrated first to Northern Mexico and then Tucson, Arizona, with striking photographs, family letters, and an array of recipes and songs, she weaves together an unforgettable tale of her life and talented musical family. This is quintessentially an American story—touching, and well worth reading.”

JERRY BROWN, former governor of California



Imprisoned by Our Own Country

Japanese Americans incarcerated at the Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno, Calif. April 29, 1942. Photo by Dorothea Lange. Public domain.

Imprisoned by Our Own Country

Journey to Topaz author Yoshiko Uchida’s reflections on the legacy of Executive Order 9066.

Eighty years ago—on February 19, 1942—then-president Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the dispossession and wartime incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans. Among them was a twenty-one-year-old UC Berkeley student named Yoshiko Uchida. Today, Uchida (1921–1992) is remembered as a writer of “graceful and lively books whose works plumb issues of ethnic identity and what it means to be a citizen—provocations informed inevitably in part by the three years she and her family spent in unconstitutional, state-sanctioned detention in the United States.

Her young adult novel, Journey to Topaz, which tells the story of the Sakane family, closely follows the events of her own life. Yuki Sakane, the young protagonist of Uchida’s novel, witnesses the disappearance of her father at the hands of the FBI, the dislocation of her family to the Tanforan Assembly Center and later the Topaz War Relocation Center, and the resilience of community in the face of it all—just as Uchida experienced.  

Reissued this year in a 50th Anniversary Edition with a new Foreword from New York Times best-selling author Traci Chee, Journey to Topaz opens a window into the experiences of those who lived through incarceration during World War II and meditates on the capacities of the human spirit to overcome depredation and injustice. This edition includes a moving prologue written by Uchida in 1984 meditating on this chapter in history and the long arc toward restitution. To reflect on the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, we offer an excerpt of her remarks below:


It has been many years since I first wrote Journey to Topaz and more than forty years since the United States government uprooted 120,000 West Coast Japanese Americans, without trial or hearing, and imprisoned them behind barbed wire. Two-thirds of those Japanese Americans were American citizens, and I was one of them. We were imprisoned by our own country during World War II, not because of anything we had done, but simply because we looked like the enemy.

Today, we know, in spite of the government claim at the time, that there was no military necessity for this action. Today we know this gross violation of our Constitution caused one of the most shameful episodes in our country’s history. Our leaders betrayed not only the Japanese Americans, but all Americans, for by denying the Constitution, they damaged the very essence of our democratic beliefs.

In 1976 President Gerald R. Ford stated, “Not only was that evacuation wrong, but Japanese Americans were and are loyal Americans … we have learned from the tragedy of that long-ago experience forever to treasure liberty and justice for each individual American.” In 1983 a Commission of Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians established by the United States Congress concluded that a grave injustice was done to Japanese Americans and that the causes of the uprooting were race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of leadership.

Journey to Topaz is the story of what happened to one Japanese American family during this wartime tragedy, then called “the evacuation.” Although the characters are fictional, the events are based on actual fact, and most of what happened to the Sakane family also happened to my own.

I would ask readers to remember that my characters portray the Japanese Americans of 1942 and to recall that the world then was totally different from the one we know today. In 1942 the voice of Martin Luther King had not yet been heard and ethnic pride was yet unborn. There was no awareness in the land of civil rights, and there had yet been no freedom marches or demonstrations of protest. Most Americans, supporting their country in a war they considered just, did nothing to protest our forced removal, and might well have considered it treasonous had we tried to resist or protest.

Told to demonstrate our loyalty by doing as our country asked, we had no choice but to trust our government leaders. We did not know then, as we do now, that they had acceded to political and economic pressure groups and imprisoned us with full knowledge that their action was not only unconstitutional, but totally unnecessary.

I hope by reading this book young people everywhere will realize what once took place in this country and will determine never to permit such a travesty of justice to occur again.

Yoshiko Uchida
Berkeley, California
January 1984

The past is never just the past. Although the events of Journey to Topaz may seem distant, these stories remain urgent and immediate, for they hold up a mirror to our present. Bearing witness to the eviction and incarceration of Yuki Sakane and her family reminds us that there is a history here that needs to be acknowledged, a pattern that needs to be addressed. It reminds us that there are injustices that need undoing now.
—Traci Chee, from the Foreword to the 50th Anniversary Edition


Greg Sarris's Becoming Story Debuts Spring 2022


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A Powerful Memoir about Homeland and Belonging from Award-Winning Author and Tribal Leader Greg Sarris

Debuting with an international author tour in 2022, Greg Sarris presents Becoming Story, a memoir about his own life, written with intimacy, candor, and grace.

BERKELEY, CALIF— “These meditations enchant,” says the San Francisco Chronicle in praise of Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors (on-sale April 5)—a new book from celebrated storyteller and tribal leader Greg Sarris. In this work, Sarris offers a searching portrait of his own life, from his upbringing in Santa Rosa’s Indian Country to the discovery of his own Indigenous ancestry to his work as an elected leader of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo tribes.

Sarris's acclaimed storytelling skills (Grand Avenue, Watermelon Nights, How a Mountain Was Made) are in top form in this new work, in which he weaves together a kaleidoscopic narrative of becoming one’s self, underscoring the immense power of story in our lives—as individuals, as a community, and as inheritors of ancestors long past. “He invites us into an intimate and communal California Indian world,” says Theresa Gregor, Professor of American Indian Studies, and “reminds us that the roots of our tribal identities ‘remember’ and, ultimately, restore(y) us.”

Slated to be read alongside works by Tommy Orange, Annie Proulx, David Treuer, Barry Lopez, and Terese Marie Mailhot, Sarris—regarded as a leading voice for California Indian communities (see his recent remarks in this front-page New York Times article)—offers reflections in Becoming Story on belonging to the place where you live in prose that is searching, and profound. In a starred review, Kirkus heralds Becoming Story as "a fascinating and evocative memoir in essays" while Foreword Reviews describes Sarris' memoir as "resonant" testimony "to the impacts of people on the land" that "lauds the power of language when it comes to leaving tracks for others to follow."

Sarris’s new book will debut to an international audience streaming from the Literature Live Around the World event from LitFest Bergen in February, with features to follow at Politics & Prose (Washington D.C.), the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and the Bay Area Book Festival (Berkeley, Calif.), among other venues. The debut of Sarris’s Becoming Story will also dovetail with the 10th anniversary of Heyday’s Roundhouse program, devoted to bringing to print books about and by California's Native voices.

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For Coast Miwok people, like all Indigenous peoples of central California, the landscape was nothing less than a richly layered text, a sacred book.
Becoming Story

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Becoming Story book trailer shot by Tash Van Zandt and Sebastian Zeck, produced by Wildbound Literary PR.

About Greg Sarris

Photo by Christopher Coughlin
Praise for How a Mountain Was Made

“These are charming and wise stories, simply told, to be enjoyed by young and old alike.”

Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Watermelon Nights

“An important American novel and an increasingly relevant work for resisting a political and cultural economy that privileges protest and encourages forgetting for the sake of belonging.”

Los Angeles Review of Books

Praise for Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream

“Wonderful . . . . Vibrant testimony to the survival of American Indians and the power of the old spirits.”

—Leslie Marmon Sillko

Praise for Grand Avenue

“I admire Greg Sarris’s sense of the gritty passion of life. A resonant thread of myth and laughter pulls the tales together. He allows the story to overtake him, the sign of a fine storyteller.”

—Joy Harjo

Greg Sarris is an accomplished author, university professor, and tribal leader serving his fifteenth consecutive term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His political activism in the 1990s culminated in the Graton Rancheria Restoration Act, co-authored by Sarris, which gained federal recognition and restored all associated rights to the Coast Miwok and Pomo Native Americans of California. The law also restored land to the Tribe, who had been without a homeland for over fifty years. To date, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria remain the last tribe in the United States to be restored by an Act of Congress. In addition to his elected role as Chairman of the Tribe, Sarris also serves as President of the Tribe’s Economic Development Board, overseeing all of the Tribe’s business interests, including the Graton Resort and Casino, which today ranks among the five most successful Indian casinos in the nation. 

Sarris graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English from UCLA and received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was honored with the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has taught as a full professor of English at UCLA, as the Fletcher Jones Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Loyola Marymount University, and as the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair at Sonoma State University, where he taught courses in writing and American and American Indian Literatures. He has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to his work as a professor, businessman, and leader, Sarris has also enjoyed a prolific creative career as an author, producer, and playwright. His several books include the award-winning collection How a Mountain Was Made and the moving biography of world-renowned Pomo basket weaver and medicine woman Mabel McKay. He has also published the widely anthologized collection of essays Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indians Texts as well as the co-edited volume Approaches to Teaching the Work of Louise Erdrich (with Connie A. Jacobs and James B. Giles). His fiction includes the recently reissued novel Watermelon Nights and the short story collection Grand Avenue, which was adapted to an HBO miniseries, co-executive produced by Sarris alongside Robert Redford. He co-produced, advised, and featured in American Passages a sixteen-part series on American literature for Public Television, which received the Hugo Award for Best Documentary in 2003. In addition to developing pilot scripts for Showtime and HBO, Sarris has worked on scripts for the Sundance Institute, where he also supported the development of a summer writing lab for American Indians interested in film writing. Sarris has also adapted his work and written original plays for stage productions at Pieces of The Quilt, Intersection Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and others. His play, Mission Indians, which debuted in San Francisco, received the 2003 Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for Best Script.

Currently Sarris is executive producing a documentary of Joan Baez and finishing work on his new novel. His latest book, Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors considers the deep past, historical traumas, and possible futures of his homeland. Learn more about his work at greg-sarris.com.

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Heyday Honors Greg Sarris with its Lifetime Achievement Award

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Barbara Dane's Memoir Debuts Fall 2022


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Barbara Dane, unsung hero of American music, tells her story of song and struggle in a new book,
out fall 2022

Heyday to publish Dane’s vital and adventurous autobiography, This Bell Still Rings

PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Roth, Smithsonian Folkways

BERKELEY, CALIF—The autobiography of Barbara Dane—which tells the story of Dane’s trailblazing career as an influential and courageous singer-songwriter, activist, and American icon—will be published by Heyday in fall 2022, coinciding with the release of the documentary The Nine Lives of Barbara Dane, directed by Maureen Gosling.

“Looking back over all the years of raising my voice, raising my children, raising some eyebrows, and raising hell wherever possible, I have no regrets,” says Dane of her life’s work; “You have only one life to live, so make it count. And remember to sing!”

This Bell Still Rings: My Life of Defiance and Song (on-sale September 2022) tells the story of Dane’s trajectory from singing at union halls and factory gates in World War II–era Motor City to her ascendancy as a respected blues and jazz singer working with many of the greats from Louis Armstrong to Lightnin' Hopkins; to her prominence as a folk musician frequently performing at and participating in civil rights and peace demonstrations in the U.S. and abroad. Alongside Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and others, Dane became a beloved figure at major anti-war and civil rights gatherings across the U.S. The activist singer toured internationally as well—including in revolutionary Cuba, Franco-era Spain (clandestinely), Vietnam, and elsewhere. In 1971, she cofounded the political label Paredon Records to celebrate and document a worldwide chorus of resistance and revolution. 

“The world needs more people like Barbara, someone who is willing to follow her conscience,” Bob Dylan once said of Dane; “She is, if the term must be used, a hero.”

According to a 2021 New York Times profile of the singer, Dane still keeps a copy of her FBI file in her Oakland home, and a new wave of recognition for her life of art and activism swells. In 2018 Smithsonian Folkways released a career-spanning retrospective of her music, Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs. The following year, Heyday presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Dane. 

“I have admired Barbara Dane ever since I was a teenager, having heard her sing at innumerable protest demonstrations in the Bay Area,” says Heyday Publisher Steve Wasserman, former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. “And now, to become the midwife to the birth of her memoir, which offers a kind of literary soundtrack to a life well lived, is a privilege and an honor.”

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Barbara Dane has lived a life full of glowing superlatives [...] one of the true unsung heroes of American music.
—James Reed, The Boston Globe

About Barbara Dane

Barbara Dane was born in Detroit in 1927, where as a teenager she discovered the power of her voice to move people to action. She performed singing at demonstrations for racial equality and economic justice and turned down an offer from a nationally popular swing band, choosing instead to sing at union functions, in the halls and on the picket lines. 

She moved to California in 1949 during the peak of McCarthyism where she grew to recognition as a blues, jazz, and folk singer. An early and frequent performer at the legendary Ash Grove in Los Angeles, Dane was inspired by both the musical genius and attitude of the great blues women of the 1920s, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, and others. She made her first national television debut alongside Louis Armstrong, who invited her to perform with him upon hearing her at the 1958 Pasadena Jazz Festival: “Did you get that chick?” said Armstrong, “She’s a gasser!” 

By the early 1960s, Dane was touring the country, singing out for peace and social justice from the Mississippi Freedom Schools to the anti-war GI coffee houses as well as at major peace rallies in D.C. alongside Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, and Pete Seeger. In 1961 she opened her own San Francisco blues club, Sugar Hill, where she presented Jimmy Rushing, “Big Mama” Thornton, Mose Allison, “Mama” Yancey, and “T-Bone” Walker, among others.

Her music and her commitment to peace and justice took her far beyond the borders of the United States. She was the first American musician to tour post-revolutionary Cuba in defiance of the US travel ban, performed under the threat of American bombs in North Vietnam, and toured clandestinely in Franco’s Spain and Marcos’s Philippines. Her travels inspired her to found Paredon Records, one of the first record labels to focus on the music of anti-colonial and revolutionary movements happening around the world.



“I first met Barbara Dane when I was seventeen. She taught me that ‘Wild women don’t worry, wild women don’t get the blues.’ I tried my best to follow her advice.” 

Linda Ronstadt

“She’s always been a role model and a hero of mine—musically and politically. I mean, the arc of her life so informs mine that I really can’t think of anyone I admire more.”

Bonnie Raitt

Dane (now in her mid-nineties) has no regrets:

“Because I have chosen to live my life against the grain, loving our imperfect Constitution too much to believe in the tropes of professional patriots; because I reject the idea that any nation is ‘number one’; because I admit to either all gods or none; because my idea of being a woman does not include big hair and plastic tits, tight dresses and dangerous shoes; because I can’t bend low enough to kiss asses; because of all this and more, I’ve arrived at my old age with a clean conscience,” Dane told the New York Times.

This Bell Still Rings: My Life of Defiance and Song (September 2022) chronicles Dane’s journey against the grain, embodying in its pages the essence of her stage presence, once described by journalist J. Poet as “pure fun, a celebration of the human spirit accented by a bawdy feminist humor and a healthy sense of the absurd.”

“I deeply admire Barbara’s lifelong commitment to singing out and standing up for the causes of social justice, racial and gender equity, peace and international solidarity. Her proactive, transformative life makes her an important role model for us today, as well as for the coming generations.”
Danny Glover, executive producer of The Nine Lives of Barbara Dane (forthcoming, fall 2022)


Indigenous Peoples' Day: A Reading List

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: A Reading List

Receive 20% off featured titles when you use coupon code INDIGIVOICES.

In 1992, Berkeley became the first city in the U.S. to commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day after over a hundred tribal nations from across the Americas convened in Quito, Ecuador to organize in resistance to the quincentenary of Columbus Day. Attended by Indigenous, human rights, and environmental activists, this gathering—the First Continental Congress on 500 Years of Indian Resistance—led many attendees, including a representative from Berkeley’s mayoral office, to commit to organizing their local communities to transform Columbus Day into a commemoration of Indigenous strength, unity, and struggle toward liberation. Today, this holiday of Indigenous solidarity is recognized by fourteen states, including the District of Columbia, and over 130 cities nationwide. 

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we’ve compiled a reading list from our Roundhouse program—books about and by California Indian people. These titles celebrate the culture and oral traditions and delve into the histories and lived experiences of Native Californians. All titles featured below are 20% off through Sunday, October 17 when you order directly from Heyday and use coupon code INDIGIVOICES at checkout. 

An Indian Among Los Indígenas
A Native Travel Memoir

By Ursula Pike (Karuk)

What does it mean to have experienced the effects of colonialism firsthand, and yet to risk becoming a colonizing force in turn? Ursula Pike, a member of the Karuk Tribe, one of the largest Indian tribes in California, confronts this question head on in a brutally honest, occasionally deadpan, and always heartfelt memoir that brings readers halfway around the world to a rural Indigenous community in Bolivia, where for two years Pike worked and lived as a Peace Corps volunteer.

“A brutally honest and badly needed story.”
Greg Sarris


Bad Indians
A Tribal Memoir

By Deborah Miranda (Ohlone)

Winner of the PEN Oakland Book Award and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, Bad Indians is a lyrical medley of tribal history, recordings and ethnological field notes, newspaper reporting, family photographs, and Mission-era archives that takes readers on a journey to uncover author Deborah Miranda’s Ohlone roots. Described by Book Riot as an “instant classic” about Indigenous experience, Bad Indians artfully telescopes Miranda’s journey out to capture a wide-angle view of the experience of California Indians as a whole. 


“No other history of California’s Indigenous communities that I know of presents such a moving, personal account of loss and survival.”
—Frederick E. Hoxie



Bird Songs Don’t Lie
Writings from the Rez

By Gordon Lee Johnson (Cahuilla/Cupeño)

Journalist and master storyteller Gordon Lee Johnson offers deeply moving and wryly told snapshots of Indian reservation life through this collection of short stories and personal essays. Revelatory and profoundly true to life, these windows into the rez blend of fiction and nonfiction plumbing questions of cultural erasure, reclamation of identity, and the bonds of land and family as a site of hope and power. 


“The stories within this collection—both memoir and fiction—pull on all my senses, spiral me through time: flashes of red chili sauce, cast-iron pans, fiesta, abalone shell, sage, old cars that won’t die or die too soon, the familiar weight of adobe; the voices of aunties, the omnipresent Church priest, death, hope.”
—Deborah Miranda, author of Bad Indians, in the Press-Enterprise



A is for Acorn
A California Indian ABC

By Analisa Tripp (Karuk), Illustrations by Lyn Risling (Karuk, Yurok, Hupa)

A playful and loving introduction to California’s oldest and most abiding sense of itself, this book for young readers explores the abundant world of Native California through the alphabet. From Acorn to Yucca to the Zzzzz’s of a sleeping child nestled in her cradleboard, this children’s book delights in laughter and nature with vivid illustrations.

Coyote at the Big Time
A California Indian 123

By Lyn Risling (Karuk, Yurok, Hupa)

A companion to the bestselling A is for Acorn, this children’s tale guides youngsters in a counting journey, from one clapperstick to ten twinkling stars all through the story of Coyote’s journey to the Big Time. Dancing bears, singing birds, and basketweaving raccoons immerse readers in Native Californian community traditions with heart, color, and creativity. 




Waa’aka’
The Bird Who Fell in Love With the Sun

By Cindi M. Alvitre (Tongva), Illustrations by Carly Lake

A rendition of one of California’s oldest tales, Waa’aka’ is an enchanting, richly illustrated children’s book that tells the creation story of the Tongva of Southern California. Collective care, humility, and collaboration assume center-stage in this ancient world-making tale, where birds hoist the sun into the sky under the auspices of the russet-colored hands of Wiyot, the creator. 


“Tongva cultural memory is alive and well in Alvitre’s skillful storytelling.”
Kirkus


Enough for All
Foods of My Dry Creek Pomo and Bodega Miwuk People

By Kathleen Rose Smith (Bodega Miwuk/Dry Creek Pomo)
Punctuated with family photographs and watercolor, acrylic, and color pencil illustrations, Enough for All celebrates Native California food gathering and preparation. Heartfelt and instructive, this small and mighty volume illuminates a world of sustainable bounty and the respect, thankfulness, joy, and sacrifice that give meaning and grace to the most ordinary aspects of daily life.