Magazine article Humanities

California Stories

Magazine article Humanities

California Stories

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Writer and publisher Malcolm Margolin received a Chairman's Commendation last spring for his commitment to telling the story of California's people and places. It is the second such award that has been given - the first went to Philip J. Lampi, a researcher of early American elections at the American Antiquarian Society. NEH Chairman's Commendations are given to citizens who have made extraordinary efforts to bridge cultures, promote civility, preserve our legacy, and advance humanistic endeavors.

Called "a national treasure" by Ralph Lewin, president and CEO of Cal Humanities, Margolin founded Heyday, an independent nonprofit publisher, in 1974, putting out volumes by Gary Snyder, Wallace Stegner, Robert Hass, and Ursula Le Guin, among others. Heyday specializes in books that explore California history, natural history, literature, art, and ethnic diversity and publishes about twenty-five books a year that help celebrate and preserve knowledge about California. …

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