Malcolm Margolin of Heyday Press in conversation with Book Passage President Elaine Petrocelli on The Future of Publishing
The position of books in American culture is changing, and along with it the ways in which ideas and literature are produced and disseminated. The publisher and founder of Heyday Press, Malcolm Margolin, and Book Passage owner Elaine Petrocelli discuss how they are dealing with these changes and what they see as the future of publishing and bookselling.- Book Passage
Malcolm Margolin is an independent publisher (founder owner of Heyday Books) and an author with a special interest in memoirs and diaries, the Native-American ethnic groups of the U.S. state of California, and the geographical territory that California covers.
Born in Boston on October 27, 1941, he graduated in literature from Harvard in 1964 and moved to New York. In 1967 he and his wife rented a car and drove across the plains, the badlands, and the desert to Yosemite. He found the Yosemite area breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating. After this, and a float down the Merced River on an air mattress, the couple discovered Berkeley, Tilden Park, and the view across the San Francisco Bay. Returning to New York, they later moved out to California and settled in Berkeley in 1970. Margolin spent time working as a groundskeeper for the East Bay Parks Board.
Having come under the influence of Berkeley's Fred Cody, Margolin became interested in publishing. Margolin and Cody organized an event called the Inkslingers' Festival. In 1974 Margolin founded Heyday Books, devoted to (among other topics) a celebration of the history, literature and environment of California. Heyday's first book was one that Margolin authored, an intensive do-it-yourself manual on ecological land restoration. Heyday Books has grown into a solid and important Bay Area independent publishing firm.
Elaine Petrocelli is the owner of Book Passage in Corte Madera, an independent bookstore that is renowned for its event schedule of authors, reader events, conferences, and writing classes.
Elaine has been chosen "Bookseller of the Year" by Publishers Weekly magazine, and her constantly-updated list of book recommendations is followed by readers throughout the Bay Area and the nation.