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Heyday at the Bay Area Book Festival

May 7, 2022 | 11:00 am May 8, 2022 | 5:00 pm

Catch Heyday at the 8th Annual Bay Area Book Festival this weekend for lively talks on Indigenous identity, land stewardship, justice, and nature.

First up, catch artist-adventurer Obi Kaufmann with tribal leader Greg Sarris as these celebrated scribes explore the power of Golden State storytelling through memoir, illustration, ancestral lore, and environmental rhythms.

𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆, 𝗪𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗱: 𝗢𝗯𝗶 𝗞𝗮𝘂𝗳𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗴 𝗦𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗮 𝗗𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 | 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟳 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟭 𝗔𝗠

Next join acclaimed poet Deborah A. Miranda in conversation with Professor William J. Bauer and award-winning novelist Susan Straight as they explore the ancestry, survivance, and cultural memory of Native California in a panel moderated by KQED’s Sasha Khokha.

𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀: 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗮’𝘀 𝗛𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆, 𝗙𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗣𝗼𝗲𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗶𝗿 | 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟳 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟮:𝟯𝟬 𝗣𝗠

Finally, head over to the Brower Center for delightful exploration of the quirks, joys, and everyday wonder of our winged neighbors featuring birdwatchers and authors Jack Gedney and Alex Harris in conversation with Heyday editor Marthine Satris.

𝗕𝗶𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸𝘆𝗮𝗿𝗱 | 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟴 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟭 𝗔𝗠

All panel events will be followed by book signings, and you can catch all of Heyday’s newest releases as well as our evergreen classics when you drop by our booth (#74–75).

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About the Speakers

Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann is the author of The California Field Atlas (2017, #1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller), The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Natural Resource (2019), and The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas (2020)The Coasts of California (2022), and The Deserts of California (2023) all published by Heyday. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at home in the East Bay, posting trail paintings at his handle @coyotethunder on Instagram. His speaking tour dates are available at californiafieldatlas.com, and his essays are posted at coyoteandthunder.com.

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is currently serving his sixteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and his first term as board chair for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. His publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive (1993), 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 greg-sarris.com.

Deborah A. Miranda

Deborah A. Miranda

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 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.

Jack Gedney

Jack Gedney

Jack Gedneyis also the author of The Private Lives of Public Birds: Learning to Listen to the Birds Where We Live and a compact field guide to the trees of the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2018, he has written a column on local birds, "On the Wing," for the Marin Independent Journal. Jack currently co-owns a wild bird feeding and nature shop in Novato, California.

Alex Harris

Alex Harris

Alex Harris, born and raised in Berkeley, California, is an artist interested in using art and technology to look at how humans interface with the natural world. He has a BA in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and previously worked as the web editor and electronic communications manager at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He lives and works in Oakland, California.


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