A Literary Harvest: featuring “New California” writers Andrew Lam, J. Tony Serra, STEPHEN MEADOWS, and WINNER of the James D. Houston Award, Mariah K. YoungFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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a Literary Harvest
featuring “New California” writers Andrew Lam, J. Tony Serra, STEPHEN MEADOWS, and WINNER of the James D. Houston Award,
Mariah K. Young
Heyday to celebrate four authors from its noteworthy annual series,
New California Writing, and to fund biography of environmental pioneer
Berkeley, CA (November 14, 2011)—San Francisco Bay Area publisher Heyday will celebrate California literature with four authors from its fresh and visionary series, New California Writing at the 5th annual Heyday Harvest, to take place Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased athttp://www.heydaybooks.com/harvest or by calling (510) 549-3564, ext. 316.
Founder, publisher, and executive director of Heyday, Malcolm Margolin (author of Ohlone Way), will host a conversation with PEN Beyond Margins Award winner and New American Media cofounder and editor Andrew Lam, legendary civil rights lawyer J. Tony Serra, Native poet and National Public Radio veteran Stephen Meadows, and James D. Houston Award winner Mariah K. Young. Participants are all contributors to Heyday’s upcoming New California Writing 2012, the sophomore installation of its annual anthology that collects thought-provoking writing about California published in the previous year, with a special emphasis on Californian writers, publications, and publishers. The inaugural edition was published in April 2011.
The evening will also include a wine bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the first ever “bring a book to life” auction, to fund the biography of environmental pioneer David Brower, The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower. Written by acclaimed nature writer and David Brower’s son, Kenneth Brower, the inspiring book brings together the testimonies of twenty environmental leaders whose lives and careers were transformed by the elder Brower. The Wildness Within will serve as part of a year-long David Brower Centennial, which will include a major conference symposium, a lecture series featuring legendary environmental figures, and an art exhibit on “the art of advocacy,” which will highlight Brower’s pioneering role in using large-format color photography books as a form of activism.
About the Heyday Harvest participants
Malcolm Margolin is the executive director of Heyday, which he founded in 1974. Margolin is the author of several books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco–Monterey Bay Area, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important books of the twentieth century by a Western writer. He has received dozens of prestigious awards, among which are the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement from the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He also serves on the boards of two organizations he helped found: the Bay Nature Institute and the Alliance for California Traditional Artists.
Andrew Lam, the son of a general for the South Vietnamese Army, came to 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. It was named a “Top 10 Book of 2010” by Shelf Unbound. Lam lives in San Francisco and is an editor at 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 while capturing 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 activist known for his defense of Black Panther leader Huey Newton. His contribution to New California Writing 2012, “Prison Chronicles,” appeared in ZYZZYVA’s Fall 2010 issue and is his first published literary piece.
Mariah K. Young is the winner of the 2011 James D. Houston Award. Her debut publication, Masha’allah and Other Stories (Heyday, 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.
About the James D. Houston Award
Known as a masterful writer in both fiction and nonfiction genres, James D. Houston was also a dedicated teacher and passionate promoter of emerging authors. Friends and family established a fund to honor his memory and further his legacy. The James D. Houston Award will support publication of books by writers who reflect Jim’s humane values, his thoughtful engagement with life, and his literary exploration of California, Hawaii, and the West. For more visit www.heydaybooks.com.
Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution that promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs Heyday is building a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.