Malcolm Margolin

Malcolm’s Wikipedia page California’s Institute for Community, Art & Nature website

Malcolm is an author, publisher, founder and former executive director of Heyday (formerly Heyday Books), an independent nonprofit publisher and cultural institution in Berkeley, California. Through Heyday, he published hundreds of books and oversaw the creation of two magazines, News from Native California (1987) and Bay Nature (2001). He also co-founded The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Inlandia Institute, and was instrumental in the creation of a number of Indian groups including The California Basketweavers Association and Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival. Malcolm has also written several books on California natural history, cultural history, and Indian life, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area (1978), which was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important non-fiction books of the 20th century by a western writer. He has received many prestigious awards, including a community service award from The San Francisco Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Bay Area Book Reviews Association and the California Studies Association, a Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation, and the Chairman’s Commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities—the second recipient in the United States.

Even though Malcolm was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007, he hasn’t slowed down a bit. Malcolm launched The California Institute for Community, Art & Nature (California I CAN) 2016, and although recently created, it has a solid foundation in his deep friendships and working relationships with writers, artists, cultural leaders, activists, media, funders, and people at the core of political and economic power, as well as those from California’s most marginalized communities. ICAN has multiple projects in the works, including: Collaborating with the California Indian community to strengthen ongoing culture and help non-Indians better appreciate California’s oldest, deepest, and most abiding sense of itself; Maintaining Berkeley as a center of artistic vitality, environmental advocacy, and social innovation in changing times; and Building new communities by instituting projects and convening gatherings that bring people from different social backgrounds and professional interests together.

What the Humanities offer us

SF Leadership Awards video

On writing and publishing in the Bay Area

In Conversation with Malcolm

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