Berkeley will commemorate the centennial of the birth of noted environmentalist David Brower with a year long celebration.
Snapshot: Malcolm Margolin, Founder, Heyday Books
Malcolm Margolin. Photos: Pete Rosos By Frances Dinkelspiel and Pete Rosos “Hierophantic,” was how the noted historian Kevin Starr described Malcolm Margolin, the publisher of the Berkeley-based Heyday Books, in a 2004 article in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Manifesting sacred power, a power larger than life, a savant. There’s something rabbinical about him.” When Berkeleyside […]
Author mines the riches of the Bancroft Library
Few people know the mysteries of the Bancroft Library as well as Susan Snyder. As public services coordinator for the past 20 years, Snyder has spent countless hours scouring the stacks to retrieve material for patrons. She has helped researchers locate obscure letters, tracked down elusive photographs, and occasionally stumbled upon artifacts that had largely […]
John King to sign books and chat, a little, at William Stout
San Francisco Chronicle urban design writer and Berkeleyan John King is a fan of architectural bookstore William Stout — and he loves its Berkeley outpost which opened in September last year. (The other two stores are in San Francisco.) “It’s a terrific bookstore… it’s strong in used architecture, design and art; in other words, not […]
The night Pablo Picasso heard the UC Berkeley fight song
Alice B. Toklas and Harriet Lane Levy in Fiesole, Italy in 1909. Photo: Bancroft Library In 1908, a Jewish woman from San Francisco named Harriet Lane Levy was invited to a supper in Montmartre to honor the painter Henri Rousseau. This was no ordinary supper: its hosts were the painter Pablo Picasso and his lover, […]
Richard Nagler: Waiting for the decisive moment
“Special”, Oakland, November 1980. “Special”, Oakland, November 1980. Richard Nagler was a painter until he decided to be a photographer. “Paintings are about the painter,” he told a rapt audience at UC Berkeley’s Center for Photography at the Graduate School of Journalism on the evening of November 30th. “Photography is about ‘the other’, about what […]
What did California look like before people?
When Laura Cunningham was growing up in Kensington, she used to walk to school and wonder what the East Bay looked like before buildings and roads covered everything. That curiosity about the landscape continued as Cunningham got a degree in paleontology at Cal and natural science illustration degree at UC Santa Cruz. So in the […]
Heyday Books: Give an alternative Christmas present
The San Francisco Chronicle had a review today of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. The book, written by Elaine Elison and Stan Yogi, both of whom have worked for years with the ACLU, tells the story of the many struggles that have gripped […]