Malcolm Margolin is an author and publisher. He founded Heyday Books in 1974, shaping it into a significant force in the cultural life of California. Malcolm also co-founded two magazines, News from Native California, a quarterly devoted to California Indian history and culture, and Bay Nature, a quarterly devoted to the natural world of the Bay Area. Among the other organizations he founded or co-founded are Alliance for California Traditional Arts (to support the state’s folk-art communities) and Inlandia Institute, a center for literary arts in the “Inland Empire.”
He is author of six 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 written by a western writer in the twentieth century. He has lectured widely, published scores of articles and reviews, and has served as mentor and advisor to many throughout the state. Among his many awards are a Community Service Award from the San Francisco Foundation, a Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation, and a Chairman’s Commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities.