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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

Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. He 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), 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 website is coyoteandthunder.com. 

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is an award-winning author and tribal leader serving his fifteenth consecutive term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and has taught as a professor of Creative Writing and American and American Indian Literatures. His books include Becoming Story, How a Mountain Was Madeand Grand Avenue, which was adapted into an HBO miniseries. 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 Gedney was born in California, bounced around the United States in his youth, and returned to his home state to study literature and natural history at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of a compact field guide to the trees of the San Francisco Bay Area and co-owner of 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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