An urgently necessary new book needs a few good patrons.
Will you be one of them?
Red Flag Warning
Untold Stories from California's Fire Country
Edited by Dani Burlison and Margaret Elysia Garcia
Coming Fall 2024 from Heyday Books
Cover design by Obi Kaufmann
Red Flag Warning features work by:
Sarah-Dawn Albani and Connie Zheng; Brooke Anderson, with Anayeli Guzman & Margarita Garcia; Gayle Brandeis; Jane Braxton Little; Sharon Brisolara; Joanne Burgueno and Sara Gray; Dani Burlison; Trina Cunningham; Kailea Frederick; Margaret Elysia Garcia; Obi Kaufmann; Zeke Lunder; Manjula Martin; Margo Robbins; Amy Elizabeth Robinson; Brandon Smith; Redbird Willie
Heyday is an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit publisher with a nearly 50-year track record of amplifying California's unheard voices.
We signed on to publish Red Flag Warning because we've never seen a book like it: a collection of 25 remarkable essays curated and edited by two acclaimed writers, activists, and survivors of the Tubbs and Dixie fires. Braiding together the voices of rural Californian first responders, loggers, agricultural laborers, Indigenous peoples, and more, it's a rallying cry of mourning, resilience, and hope.
We need your help to bring this book into the world, where it can make a difference.
Added to the funds already committed for this project (we're about 1/3 of the way there as this campaign launches!), your support will help close the gap of printing, production, and design costs that are still outstanding, allowing Heyday to get Red Flag Warning in bookstores in Fall 2024. Following publication, its editors and contributing writers will take its message on the road with free writing workshops and public events, fostering learning, healing, and the forging of a new path forward.
"We negotiate for the deer, for the bear, for the sedge roots, for the oak trees. It is a continuous, evolving dialogue of the land. In the next season we do it all over again."
-Redbird Willie, from Red Flag Warning
"Every community moving through wildfire loss is a community being built from the ground up: from the painful shadows and hard facts of what was lost, the strangeness and resilience of who and what remains, and the murky promise of what might come."
-Amy Elizabeth Robinson, from Red Flag Warning
Margaret Elysia Garcia (she/her) along with her mothers, her two now adult children, and ex-husband, made Plumas County their home for twenty years until the Dixie Fire decimated their adopted hometown of Greenville. Now she’s part of the great climate change survivor diaspora. She’s a staff writer for Feather Publishing whose website plumasnews.com often covers fire recovery topics, and she teaches with Community Literary Initiative in Los Angeles and champions environmental and social justice. You can learn more about her other books, readings, and interviews at www.margaretelysiagarcia.com.
Dani Burlison (she/her) was born and raised (and still has family in) rural Northern California, halfway between the Camp and Carr Fires, and just west of the Dixie Fire. She's been a resident of Sonoma County, where she’s lived through numerous fires, since 1994. She is a writer, teacher, social justice activist and single mother to two grown kids. You can learn more about her other books, articles and more at daniburlison.com.
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