Malcolm Margolin retiring from Heyday Books and the job is posted

Thumbnail image for Malcom-margolin.jpgMalcolm Margolin is stepping down from the head of the Berkeley press he founded 41 years ago. Heyday has posted that it is searching for someone to carry on. If you are into California books you already know what Heyday is all about. Here's the search info for a new publisher.

Berkeley-based Heyday is an independent, nonprofit, regional publisher known throughout California for our lovingly crafted books. Whether inviting readers to celebrate and protect our natural resources, sharing with them the beauty and fraught history of Native peoples, or exposing them to other eye-opening but unsung histories and communities, Heyday’s intellectually ambitious and deeply creative publications aim not only to entertain readers but also to spark, nourish, and change them.

After forty-one years at the helm, Heyday founder and publisher/executive director Malcolm Margolin is retiring. For the right candidate, this presents an amazing opportunity to lead a nonprofit book publishing company in a period of growth. It takes imagination and savvy to finance and publish books in today’s marketplace, and Heyday’s staff and board look to the next publisher/executive director to chart a bold and visionary course. She or he will be supported by our stellar brand, our deep and diverse backlist, and our passionate community of writers, readers, cultural leaders, and publishing professionals. We invite you to look over the documents below to learn more about Heyday and our ideal candidate.


Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution founded in 1974. Our mission is to promote widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through our well-crafted books, quarterly magazine, public events, and innovative outreach programs, we continue to build a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.

As California’s leading regional publisher, we collaborate with the state’s major institutions as well as its grassroots communities to publish literary nonfiction, guidebooks, and children’s books that give readers a deeper sense of place. We have over 250 books in print that focus on a wide variety of topics, including California’s indigenous cultures, nature and the environment, history, art, and architecture.

As a nonprofit, we rely on the generous support of a wide network of publishing partners, foundations, and individual donors.

We are seeking an inspiring and ambitious Publisher/Executive Director who shares our values to lead us through a period of transition as our founder, Malcolm Margolin, retires. You will be responsible for major fundraising efforts, the effective management of our $2+ million annual budget, and leadership of our staff of 15 dedicated professionals.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to chart a visionary and innovative direction in literary nonfiction and regional publishing.

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