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5th Annual Heyday Harvest - Readings by California Authors

New America Media, Announcement, Andrew Lam Posted: Dec 02, 2011

5th Annual Heyday Harvest

Celebrate California as publisher Malcolm Margolin introduces four authors from Heydays fresh and visionary series, New California Writing. Enjoy lively readings, a wine bar, hors doeuvres, the first ever bring-a-book-to-life auction, and a wide selection of Heyday titles available for purchase.

Tickets are $55 per person. Please reserve by December 1. For more information visit heydaybooks.com/harvest or contact Lillian Fleer at lillian@heydaybooks.com or (510) 549-3564, ext. 316.

Except for $20 allocated to the value of goods received, tickets are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Featured Guests:
Andrew Lam, the son of a South Vietnamese general, left for California at age eleven, during the fall of Saigon. His first book, Perfume Dreams, chronicles life as an immigrant in America and won a PEN Beyond Margins Award. His second book, East Eats West, continues to explore the Vietnamese diaspora and concentrates on how the East and West are changing each other. He lives in San Francisco and is an editor and cofounder of New America Media, an association of over two thousand ethnic media outlets.

Stephen Meadows is the author of Releasing the Days, a collection of poetry drawn from over thirty years of his work. As the great-nephew of Isabel Meadows, the last speaker of the Rumsien Ohlone language, he writes with a profound connection to the past yet captures the stark magnificence of the present. Crafted from his astute sense of place, his poems draw from ocean, orchard, and rock, stripping down life to its bare essentials.

J. Tony Serra is a civil rights and criminal lawyer and an activist. He is famous for his defense of Black Panther leader Huey Newton. Prison Chronicles, published in ZYZZYVAs Fall 2010 issue, is his first published piece.

Mariah K. Young is the winner of the 2011 James D. Houston Award. Her debut publication, Mashaallah and Other Stories (November 2012), is a captivating short story collection set in East Oakland that brings readers deep into the varied lives of remarkable individuals at the fringes of dominant culture. Young graduated with an English degree from California State University, East Bay, and got her MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside. She lives in Hollywood and teaches writing in downtown Los Angeles.

Malcolm Margolin is the executive director of Heyday, which he founded in 1974. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San FranciscoMonterey Bay Area. He has received dozens of prestigious honors and serves on the boards of two organizations he helped found: Bay Nature Institute and the Alliance for California Traditional Artists.

About Heyday:
Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution. We promote widespread awareness and celebration of Californias many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through our well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs we are building a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.

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