2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the cultural institution that truly built my career, the amazing Heyday— publishers of books about California and the West. As many of you know, I was first an employee of this venerable institution (hired at the tender age of 29 as a bookkeeper and as special events coordinator of the now defunct "California Poetry Series"), before I became an author/editor of several titles published by Heyday and finally in 2012, I joined the organization's board of directors.
I was lucky enough to celebrate Heyday's 30th anniversary, and am honestly stunned to realize that another ten years have already passed. In honor of the occasion, our founder's biography/memoir, "The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher" was released this year and we threw a blow-out gala anniversary party last Saturday at the Berkeley Art Museum. Nearly 500 guests were in attendance, and we raised over 100k for a series of children's books.
For my small contribution, I illustrated and hand guests pull their own prints of a quote by our very own Malcolm Margolin, which was mined from a recent interview in one of the top trade magazines, "Publishers Weekly." The entire interview can be read here.
The illustration was done last minute, and I had four days to illustrate, two days to get the design completed, and two days to have plates made for my press, Design by Rebecca Legates; Polymer platemaking by Logos Graphics.