Debuts July 2024 — The California Sky Watcher

Earth Scientist Demystifies California's Diverse Weather Landscapes in a Richly Illustrated Guide 

The California Sky Watcher unpacks the inner workings of our atmosphere, revealing the patterns that govern the Golden State’s exceptional medley of climates and what climate change portends for California’s future forecasts.

ON-SALE: JULY 23, 2024

BERKELEY, CALIF. —Earth scientist, educator, and self-described “weather nut,”  William A. Selby has been observing the sky and its patterns since he was a child. Drawing upon the knowledge from his five decades-long science career Selby brings us The California Sky Watcher: Understanding Weather Patterns and What Comes Next. Inviting readers on a series of seasonal tours across California, Selby meditates on the forces that drive summer’s stable drought, the winds of change that autumn brings, winter’s nourishing turbulence, and the bright reawakening of spring. In its fifth and final chapter, the book looks to the future, posing the question: what does a changing global climate portend for California?

California contains examples of most major climates on Earth—which means that each year, somewhere and someone in the state is at least temporarily impacted by nearly every weather event and air mass that can be experienced on Earth. The California Sky Watcher unravels the many mysteries of the Golden State’s atmosphere and environments, covering an array of weather phenomena and the magnificent ocean gyres behind California’s feathery-soft summer breezes, tempestuous El Niño storms, and the fog belts that feed the state’s redwood forests.

This insightful exploration amplifies an important and necessary discussion of the effects of climate change and how it continues to impact California’s atmosphere and landscapes. Shedding light on the searing heat of dangerous desert ovens, the raging storms and wildfires, and the double-decade record-breaking mass water shortages, The California Sky Watcher tackles the many climate issues Californians are faced with today. 

“Even today, when so many of us nearly forty million Californians are surrounded by crowded urban chaos, we each have the sky, a common and shared liberation,” Selby writes, “Its changeable energies can nurture us and destroy us. Its patterns and seasons shape our bodies and minds.” 

Whether you’re a weather enthusiast or just curious about the forces shaping our environment, this book promises a journey through the interconnected world of the sky, weather, and climate. The California Sky Watcher is an invitation to rediscover the magic in our sky, fostering a deeper connection to the world around us.

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William A. Selby is an earth science researcher and teacher. A former professor at Santa Monica College, where he taught for three decades, Selby is the author of the popular textbook Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography, whose fourth edition was published in 2019. He has participated in research and seminars with the National Weather Service, and he continues to present at professional conferences and lead teacher trainings and docent workshops. His academic and practical expertise within California’s myriad landscapes make him an invaluable guide to the developments that are changing California’s climate in the twenty-first century.

Debuts May 2024 — California Snakes and How to Find Them

Herpetologist Shows Us a New Side of the West Coast’s Snakes in a Welcoming Guide

A biology professor and animal rescuer reveals the hidden wonders of the Golden State’s legless denizens in California Snakes and How to Find Them.

ON-SALE: MAY 7, 2024

BERKELEY, CALIF. — Rattlesnake wrangler and herpetologist Emily Taylor invites readers to embark on an enchanting exploration of California’s legless reptiles with her new book, California Snakes and How to Find Them. Celebrating the striking biodiversity of nearly 50 snake species inhabiting California’s diverse habitats, Taylor effortlessly guides readers on what you need to develop snake-hunting skills and cheerleads you to be persistent enough to find the snakes you seek.

In this ode to the charms of California’s snakes, Taylor dispels common misapprehensions surrounding these creatures and shares her knowledge, enthusiasm, and practical advice for both seasoned naturalists and budding snake enthusiasts. The book features profiles of diverse species, including the Common Garter, Rosy Boa, and the elusive Alameda Striped Racer. In addition to helping you learn how to find, observe, and identify the snakes around you, Taylor encourages a responsible and sustainable interaction with the world around us.

“This book is for snake lovers and snake lovers-to-be. Few animals capture our imaginations like snakes do, but their reputation is as forked as their tongues,” writes Taylor, “For many people, snakes are scary, gross, and even considered bad omens. For others, like me, snakes represent grace, beauty, and resilience—they are just as fantastic as any beasts that Harry Potter encountered in the wizarding world.”

California Snakes and How to Find Them provides critical insights on handling advice, identification guides, and addresses the myths surrounding venomous encounters, making this guide an essential resource for anyone eager to explore California’s diverse snake population. For those who dare to venture into the hidden realms of California’s serpentine wonders, Emily Taylor’s California Snakes and How to Find Them shows us a new side of our slithering friends.

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Emily Taylor is a professor of biological sciences at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she conducts research on the physiology, ecology, and conservation biology of lizards and snakes. A staunch advocate for improving the public image of snakes, especially rattlesnakes, Taylor is founder of the community science initiative Project RattleCam (, where members of the public help her and other scientists learn about rattlesnakes by analyzing photos and livestream footage from snake dens. She is owner of Central Coast Snake Services, which helps people and snakes in California coexist safely and peacefully. She lives in Atascadero with her husband, Steve, and their menagerie of rescue animals, including Pax the dog, Baby the boa constrictor, Aperol Spritz the bearded dragon, and rattlesnakes Buzz and Snakeholio. Follow her on social media @snakeymama.

Debuts April 2023 — The Sierra Forager


The Sierra Forager: A Map to the Sierra Nevada’s Most Delicious Offerings

The ultimate guide for identifying, foraging, and cooking your way through the edible wild plants of the Sierra Nevada debuts this spring. 

ON-SALE: APRIL 4, 2023

BERKELEY, CALIF. — What if you could taste the essence of a place by simply taking a walk? Spending most of her childhood playing in Finland’s forests, author and foraging expert Mia Andler learned to know where she is by nibbling on foliage, fruits, and roots along the way. Her grandmother, who herself possessed a deep knowledge of medicinal and edible plants, showed Mia that even the winteriest places provide an abundance of food when she took Andler foraging in the Finnish woods. Andler learned to pick and cook stinging nettles, chanterelle mushrooms, and bright berries of all kinds. All these years later, Andler brings her own passion and curiosity to the area she now calls home: the Sierra Nevada.

On April 4, 2023, The Sierra Forager, a high-elevation companion guide to Andler’s The Bay Area Forager, puts celebrated regions such as Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and Mammoth directly onto your plate. This guide acts as a toolkit for readers to safely, ethically, and deliciously forage around California’s most exquisite natural destinations. 

“So what did the food of the High Sierra taste like? The best way to answer that now is to eat from the land—harvest the wild edibles,” says Andler, “The wild plants grow from that very same spotted granite rock, snowmelt, turquoise water next to the Jeffrey pine, and volcanic rock. Those elements are in their plant bodies, and when we consume them they become part of us. I can taste the difference between a Bay Area nettle and a Sierra nettle, and I hope you will too.”

An insightful guide for experienced and beginner foragers alike—this book includes large, detailed photographs for easy identification as well as 44 delicious recipes to enjoy them. Whether enjoying campfire blackberry pie (cooked in an apple!), cattail cookies, or manzanita muffins, you’re sure to delight your taste buds with your next foraged bounty. Infused with Andler’s friendly and deeply knowledgeable voice, The Sierra Forager invites readers who hear the mountains calling to take an adventure into the plants that thrive in California’s heights. 

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Mia Andler is a foraging expert, founder and director of Vilda—a nonprofit that connects children to nature in Northern California—and coauthor of The Bay Area Forager. Originally from Finland, she has been foraging since she was a little girl and has studied the regenerative practices of earth-based cultures around the world. Andler has been backpacking and foraging in the Sierra Nevada and the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. She has appeared on television, film, and radio for her work on helping people foster meaningful connection with nature. She lives with her children in Truckee, California.

Debuts July 2023 — Berkeley Walks: Revised and Updated Edition


A Fully Updated Edition of Berkeley Walks Inspires Adventure in Our Own Backyard 

The definitive guide for East Bay wanderers to be re-released through Heyday, enticing tourists and locals alike to explore all the magical musings Berkeley has to offer.

ON-SALE: JULY 11, 2023

BERKELEY, CALIF. — In 2018, Berkeley Walks became an instant classic among locals, celebrating the diverse characteristics that make Berkeley such a wonderful walking city. On July 11, 2023, an updated version of this local bestseller will be released through Heyday, offering charming insights into one of America’s most fascinating cities. 

“I’ve been walking the streets of Berkeley for close to fifty years, and now for the first time with open eyes,” writes Heyday founder and author Malcolm Margolin, “This book overflows with information and anecdotes; what a generous gift to residents and visitors alike.”

Featuring 21 walks showcasing Berkeley’s best, authors Robert E. Johnson and Janet L. Byron passionately guide readers through diverse architecture, panoramic views, tree-lined neighborhoods, unusual gardens, secret pathways, hidden parks, and vibrant street life. Historical surprises and architectural delights include the building from which Patty Hearst was kidnapped; Ted Kaczynski’s home before he became the Unabomber; and the residences of Nobel laureates and literary Berkeleyans such as Thornton Wilder, Anne Rice, and Philip K. Dick.

With more than 100 photographs and detailed maps with hundreds of points of interest on these easy-to-follow, self-guided walking tours, Berkeley Walks is an indispensable guide to the wonderments and personalities associated with the city.

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Janet L. Byron, originally from New York, has now lived in Berkeley, California for more than half her life. Heyday founder Malcolm Margolin’s East Bay Out was the first walking guide she purchased, and it introduced her to the joys of exploring nature on foot. She has subsequently led walks for numerous local groups and has served on the boards of several local organizations. She attended the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley and works as a science writer and editor. Janet lives in West Berkeley with her daughter.

Robert (Bob) E. Johnson has lived in Berkeley for more than thirty years. Bob has led group walking tours around the Bay Area for groups such as the Greenbelt Alliance, Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, the Berkeley Historical Society, and Bay Nature magazine.

Debuts March 2023 — Birds of Berkeley


Birders Rejoice: Birds of Berkeley Now in Paperback

Dive into a world of admiration in this delightful homage to twenty-five of Berkeley’s feathered friends.  

ON-SALE: MARCH 7, 2023

BERKELEY, CALIF. — In 2018, Birds of Berkeley enchanted readers into looking a little closer on their neighborhood walk—you never know what winged creature you might run into! On March 7th, 2023, this charming, full-color field guide returns in paperback. Using twenty-five birds easily found in Berkeley, author-illustrator Oliver James proves that even the city’s avian residents are a little quirky. 

“Birds of Berkeley is more than an identification guide. It takes us beyond the who’s who to why we care,” writes John Muir Laws, author of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, “Whether you are an experienced birder or just learning natural history, this book will deepen your sense of place and open insights to beauty, wonder, and connection to the natural world.”

Meticulously detailed illustrations capture each bird’s distinctive physicality and temperament. A Burrowing Owl faces you in a full-on head shot, perhaps having just raised its raspy, chattering alarm call as you trespass on its last remaining Bay Area foothold at the Marina. The Anna’s Hummingbird gives you a coy backward glance to assess if you’ve properly admired its flashy throat feathers, maybe having just performed its signature J-shaped courtship dive. Even in composition, each bird is strikingly individual, whether depicted in mid-dive or creeping into the frame.

Oliver James takes a delightfully creative approach to his write-ups of each species. He invites you to imagine that a Cooper’s Hawk, for example, is Steve McQueen in a ’68 Mustang, and you, “a pigeon in a rental car with a poor turning radius,” are fleeing through traffic: “It’s all over in a matter of seconds.” A joy to read and pore over, Birds of Berkeley will charm readers once again with its findings gleaned from painstaking and patient wildlife observation.

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Oliver James was born in Berkeley in 1991. He started watching birds in his backyard on Colusa Avenue at age five and never turned back. Since then, he has competed in national birding tournaments, worked as a birding tour guide, and joined ornithological research teams from Peru to Alaska. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 2009 and Wesleyan University in 2014, and in 2021 he received master’s degrees from the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. James is also the author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan (Wesleyan University Press, 2014).

Debuts June 2023 — Know We Are Here


Know We Are Here Surveys Indigenous California’s Resistance to Colonial Hegemony 

In this anthology, leading voices of California Native Nations unearth undertold histories and critiques of US colonialism, Western pedagogy, environmental mismanagement, and more. 

ON-SALE: JUNE 27, 2023

BERKELEY, CALIF.—From the voices of more than 20 California Indian writers, activists, and leaders, Know We Are Here: Voices of Native California Resistance (out June 27) is a powerful collection that details how California’s Indigenous communities are resisting the legacies of colonial dispossession, violence, and genocide. Encompassing five sections—from “Histories of Resistance” to meditations on “Place, Nature, and Wellness—the book covers a variety of the dynamics and challenges facing Native Californian communities today, and offers a well of urgent wisdom.

With over 600,000 Native Americans residing in California, the state is home to more Native tribes than any other in the country—despite waves of colonization, from the West’s brutal Missions system to latter centuries’ Manifest Destiny fervor. Incorporating voices from elders as well as the rising generation, this collection unpacks traumas perpetuated through mis-education; underscores the political import of age-old Indigenous teachings; explores land rematriation, water protection, and sustainable stewardship; and traces the intersections of Native struggle with other racial justice movements. 

Through essays, excerpts, interviews, and manifestos drawn from Heyday’s decades-strong quarterly magazine News from Native California and books published under Heyday’s Roundhouse program, the many striking voices in this volume include Bad Indians author Deborah A. Miranda (Costanoan-Ohlone Esselen Nation), tribal leader Greg Sarris (Coast Miwok/Southern Pomo), Professor Rose Soza War Soldier (Mountain Maidu/Cahuilla/Luiseño), Indigenous rights and food activist Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone), and the Save California Salmon coalition—among many others. 

“I have learned that resistance takes many different forms,” says volume editor Terria Smith (Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla), Director of Heyday’s Roundhouse program; “At times we have to take to the streets to protect our environment and defend sacred sites. […] Tribal historians look into archives in search of our true stories. Some of us even venture outside of our homelands to find solidarity and commonality with other oppressed peoples. This book takes a look at all of these types of resistance.”

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Terria Smith is the editor of News from Native California magazine and director of the Berkeley Roundhouse, Heyday’s California Indian publishing program. She is a tribal member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians in Southern California and an alum of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

About the Contributors

Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area in California, with Santa Ynez Chumash ancestry. She is the author of Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, published by Heyday in 2013. She is also the author of four poetry collections and coeditor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. She earned her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Washington in Seattle and was professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where she taught literature of the margins and creative writing. She retired from her professorship in 2021 to focus on scholarship and poetry involving California mission history and literatures. She and her spouse, writer Margo Solod, live in Eugene, Oregon, a short distance from her homelands in California.

Greg Sarris is currently serving his fifteenth term as chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive (1993), Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream (1994, reissued 2013), Grand Avenue (1994, reissued 2015), Watermelon Nights (1998, reissued 2021), How a Mountain Was Made (2017, published by Heyday), and Becoming Story (2022, published by Heyday). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County, California. Visit his website at

Michael Connolly Miskwish (Campo Band of Kumeyaay) served for seventeen years in elected office for the Campo Kumeyaay Nation and helped establish and directed one of the first tribal environmental protection agencies in the United States. Michael has researched and implemented traditional environmental practices in contemporary land and resource management and worked on environmental policy for the National Congress of American Indians, National Tribal Environmental Council, and several EPA advisory committees. He is adjunct faculty of American Indian studies at San Diego State University, and his work on issues of taxation policy and impediments to sustainable tribal economies is nationally recognized. He has published two books on Kumeyaay history and one on Kumeyaay cosmology.

Deborah Dozier is the author of The Heart Is Fire: The World of the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California, published by Heyday in 1998.

Rose Soza War Soldier (Mountain Maidu/Cahuilla/Luiseño) is an enrolled member of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. She completed a B.A. in history with a double minor in political science and social/ethnic relations at UC Davis and a Ph.D. in history with an emphasis in American Indian history from Arizona State University. She is a faculty member in the ethnic studies department at California State University, Sacramento. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth-century American Indian activism, social and cultural history, politics, education, and justice-centered movements.

Jayden Lim is an award-winning Pomo activist and leader who currently serves as a tribal youth ambassador for the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, located in Santa Rosa. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University and is pursuing two majors: Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a focus on politics, policy, and equity; and History with a focus on American Law. Apart from this, she is skilled in GIS software, business planning, Pomo language documentation, and graphic design, and she is a DJ on the side. She is passionate about food sovereignty, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, education, and criminal justice.

River Garza is an artist from Los Angeles, California, whose work draws on traditional Indigenous aesthetics, Southern California Indigenous maritime culture, skateboarding, graffiti, Mexican culture, and lowrider culture.

Rose Ramirez (Chumash/Yaqui descent) is an artist, basketweaver, photographer, and educator. She is a coauthor of Ethnobotany Project: Contemporary Uses of Native Plants of Southern California and Northern Baja California Indians (bilingual English/Spanish edition, Malki Museum Press, 2018). She is also one of the producers and directors of the 2022 documentary Saging the World.

Deborah Small is an artist, photographer, and professor emerita at California State University, San Marcos. With Rose Ramirez she is a coauthor of Ethnobotany Project as well as a coproducer and codirector of Saging the World.

Cutcha Risling Baldy is an assistant professor of Native American studies at Cal Poly Humboldt. Her research is focused on Indigenous feminisms, California Indians, environmental justice, and decolonization. Her book We Are Dancing for You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women’s Coming-of-Age Ceremonies, published by University of Washington Press in 2018, was awarded Best First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies at the 2019 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference. She received her Ph.D. in Native American studies with a designated emphasis in feminist theory and research from the University of California, Davis, and her M.F.A. in creative writing and literary research from San Diego State University. She also has a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University. She is Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk, and is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California.

Michelle L. LaPena (Pit River Tribe) is a mother of three and Indian law attorney. She has lectured at primary, secondary, and university levels and published a number of essays and nonfiction and law review articles on topics related to California Indians and federal Indian law. She received her B.A. in 1993 and her J.D. in 1998, both from the University of California, Davis. In 2017 she received her M.F.A. in creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and she is a recipient of the 2015 Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship and the American Indian College Fund’s Full Circle Scholarship.

Save California Salmon is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Salmon, Klamath, Trinity, Sacramento, Eel, and Smith Rivers, through restoring flows and salmon habitat, removing dams, and improving water quality; fighting new threats to rivers such as new dams, diversions, and pipelines; and empowering people to fight for rivers and salmon.

Viola LeBeau (Hammawi Band of the Pit River Nation; Cahuilla/Maidu/Cheyenne River Sioux descendent) is a visual multimedia artist and advocate of traditional knowledge. She received her B.A. in sociology and studio arts from Mills College and now works on community outreach, directorial assistance, and food distribution issues with Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.

Olivia Chilcote is a member of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians and an assistant professor of American Indian studies at San Diego State University. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in ethnic studies at UC Berkeley and her B.A. in ethnic and women’s studies at Cal Poly Pomona. Her research and teaching focus on the areas of interdisciplinary Native American studies, California Indian history, federal Indian law and policy, and Native American identity. She grew up in the center of her tribe’s traditional territory in the North County of San Diego and she is active in tribal politics and other community efforts. She was a first-generation college student and the first person in her tribe to earn a Ph.D.

Chris Medellin and his family are from the Tule River tribe of Yokuts of central California. Raised in San Diego, as a first-generation college student he earned a bachelor’s degree in television, film, and new media and American Indian studies and a master’s degree in postsecondary educational leadership with a specialization in student affairs, both from San Diego State University (SDSU). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education at SDSU and Claremont Graduate University. After working his way through various roles on campus, including student assistant, administrative support, and outreach coordinator, he currently serves as the inaugural director of the SDSU Native Resource Center. He is also president of the American Indian Alumni Chapter of San Diego State and founding member of SDSU’s Native American and Indigenous Faculty Staff Association and the Men of Color Alliance.

Maura Sullivan (Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, Slek’en hi šišilop) is from Ventura. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the linguistics program at Tulane University in New Orleans and earned a bachelor’s degree in art history and Native American studies from UC Berkeley in 2012.

Vincent Medina (East Bay Ohlone) is a cofounder, with Louis Trevino, of the community organization mak-‘amham/Cafe Ohlone. From 2013 to 2016 he was the Roundhouse outreach coordinator for Heyday and News from Native California.

Emily Clarke is a Cahuilla writer, bead artist, activist, cordage instructor, and traditional bird dancer. In her free time Emily runs her small business, Cahuilla Woman Creations, performs her work at various events, and coedits her literary journal, Rejected Lit. She is the 2022–23 Graton Roundhouse intern for Heyday and News from Native California.

Vanessa Esquivido (Nor Rel Muk Wintu/Hupa) is an assistant professor of American Indian studies at CSU Chico.

Maya Esquivido (Nor Rel Muk Wintu/Hupa) is a teaching and curriculum design fellow at Seattle Central College. She has a master’s of social work, with a graduate certificate in American Indian and Indigenous studies, from the University of Washington.

Morning Star Gali (Ajumawi Band of Pit River) is the project director at Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples (

Ursula Pike is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the author of An Indian among los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir (Heyday, 2021). Her work won the 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in the memoir category and her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, Yellow Medicine Review, World Literature Today, and Ligeia Magazine. She has an M.A. in economics, with a focus on community economic development, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1994 to 1996. An enrolled member of the Karuk Tribe, she was born in California and grew up in Daly City, California, and Portland, Oregon. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Cindi M. Alvitre is a mother and grandmother and has been an educator and artist-activist for over three decades. She is a descendant of the original inhabitants of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. In 1985 she and Lorene Sisquoc cofounded Mother Earth Clan, a collective of Indian women who created a model for cultural and environmental education. In the late 1980s she cofounded the Ti’at Society, sharing in the renewal of ancient maritime practices of the coastal and island Tongva. She is the author of the children’s book Waa’aka’: The Bird Who Fell in Love with the Sun (Heyday, 2020). She currently teaches American Indian studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Debuts October 2022 — Bad Indians: Tenth Anniversary Edition


Deborah A. Miranda’s now-classic book Bad Indians to be reissued in a 10th Anniversary Edition from Heyday

A canon-defining memoir on Native American survivance and cultural memory debuts in significantly expanded form on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

BERKELEY, CALIF. — Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, the critically acclaimed mixed-genre chronicle of Native American survivance and cultural memory by poet-professor Deborah A. Miranda, will be reissued by Heyday in hardcover with over 60 pages of new material in honor of the book’s 10th anniversary this fall (on sale October 11). 

The best-selling first edition of Miranda’s revolutionary book—adopted widely by schools, universities,  and book clubs across the nation—has become a standard-bearer in Native American Literature and an indispensable entry point for anyone seeking a more just telling of US history. 

“How do we begin to dispel the myth that Native Americans are a people of past? We start here,” writes ELLE magazine, who rank Miranda’s memoir among their “11 Essential Memoirs to Read Right Now” alongside the likes of Jesmyn Ward, Kao Kalia Yang, and Linda Sarsour.

Featuring never-before published essays and poetry, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Bad Indians plumbs deeply into Indigenous displacement, imprisonment, genocide, remembrance, resilience, and solidarity in a poetically rendered corrective to prevailing narratives of Native erasure. With dauntless emotional honesty, Miranda challenges the pedagogy of California Missions history, envisions Native life through colonization, and reflects movingly on intergenerational legacies of colonial trauma and collective liberation.

“I am so proud to celebrate the anniversary of Bad Indians mostly because ten years later there's still nothing else like it,” says Terria Smith, editor and director of Heyday’s Roundhouse program, under the banner of which Bad Indians was first published; “Shocking, at times funny, and heartbreaking all at once it has given readers a true sense of the California Indian experience. What an honor that Deborah Miranda chose Heyday to publish it.” 
Debuting on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the publication of the anniversary edition of Miranda’s classic text will also dovetail with the 10th anniversary of Heyday’s Roundhouse program, dedicated to publishing works about and by Native Californians. A book unlike any other, Bad Indians 10th Anniversary Edition is a marvel of literary form, a milestone in historical reckoning, and requisite reading for decolonizing our culture.

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About the Author

Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area in California. Deborah lives in Eugene, Oregon with her wife, writer Margo Solod, and a variety of rescue dogs. She is Professor of English emerita at Washington and Lee University, where she taught literature of the margins and creative writing as the Thomas H. Broadus, Jr. Endowed Chair.

Her mixed-genre memoir Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (Heyday) received the 2015 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, and was short-listed for the William Saroyan Literary Award. She is also the author of four poetry collections: Indian Cartography, The Zen of La Llorona, Raised by Humans, and Altar for Broken Things. She is the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature and contributing editor of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through. Photo by Margo Solod.

Praise for Bad Indians Tenth Anniversary Edition

Bad Indians stands out as a classic, quintessentially Indigenous memoir. [...] It is the best book of its kind and will continue to be an essential text in California, national, and world history.”


Essential for all of us who were taught in school that the ‘Mission Indians’ no longer existed in California. [...] It’s such a fine book that a few words can’t do it justice.”


Bad Indians is the sacred text and story of California, the book that sits beside me when I write, the book I have given to all of my daughters, the book I give to people I love when they need to know the deeply-sung truths and revelations of this state, of this world.”


“Miranda’s research into her family history, Indigenous Californians, is the grounding cable for her to tell their collective tribal story. [...] Through Miranda’s poetic lyricism and objective research we cannot help but feel them through the lens.”


“This multi-genre memoir uses archives in all senses of the word, as well as imaginative writing, to render a prismatic and complex story about [Miranda’s] own family and the history of colonization in California from the Spanish missions of the 1700s to present.”


“Miranda locates Native women’s voices in the archives, exhuming them from anthropological documents and newspapers so their words can accompany hers in this robust rejection of dominant narratives of Native absence.”


“Miranda’s is an emotional, powerfully told story that contributes greatly to her goal of ‘killing the lies’ about her people.”


“A searing indictment of the ravages of the past and a hopeful look at the courage to confront and overcome them.”


“From the voice of the silenced, the written about and not written by, this book is groundbreaking not only as literature but as history.”  


Bad Indians

Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Deborah A. Miranda

ON SALE October 12, 2022

304 pages, with black-and-white illustrations throughout

ISBN: 978-1-59714-586-2

About Heyday's Roundhouse Program

Since its origins, Heyday has kept California Indian peoples at the center of its work, beginning with the publication of The Ohlone Way by Heyday founder Malcolm Margolin in 1978 and the debut of the serial magazine News from Native California in 1987. The Roundhouse program, celebrating 10 years in 2022, was developed within Heyday as a place to celebrate Indigenous storytelling and culture-keeping. Under this banner, Heyday publishes works about and by the West Coast’s first peoples to preserve cherished knowledge and offer eye-opening perspectives with integrity and deep respect.
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