In 2002, the Sierra College Press was formed to publish Standing Guard: Telling our Stories as part of the Standing Guard Project’s examination of Japanese-American Internment during World War II. Subsequently, the Press produced the Sierra Foothills Nature Guide, a publication of the Sierra College Science Club, in 2004.
Building upon that foundation, the Sierra College Press is expanding its role and function to provide a wide-ranging academic press and information outlet.
The Sierra College Press is the first complete academic press operated by a community college in the United States.
The mission of the Sierra College Press is to inform and inspire scholars, students, and general readers by disseminating ideas, knowledge, and academic scholarship of value concerning the Sierra Nevada region. The Sierra College Press endeavors to reach beyond the library, laboratory, and classroom to promote and examine this unique geography.
The first trade publication of the Sierra College Press, an anthology on the Sierra Nevada has been published. The anthology is entitled The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology. It was released in May 2010. It is co-published by Heyday Books and Santa Clara University.
This sweeping investigation of the Range of Light includes literary descriptions of the Sierra Nevada from the earliest native cultures to the present. The selections include contemporary accounts and descriptions from those who have recently visited and been inspired by the Sierra experience. And, in the final chapter, there are essays and a poem written especially for the anthology. Co-edited by Rick Heide and Gary Noy.
In October 2010, the Sierra College Press co-published a book written by Foothill College instructor Scott Lankford entitled Tahoe beneath the Surface, an examination of fascinating historical vignettes of Lake Tahoe.
This book features cover art by Tom Killion, a member of the Sierra College Press Advisory Board.
Heyday's web site for the book.
Released in September 2012, California Glaciers is written by award-winning photographer and author Tim Palmer. This book examines the vanishing glaciers of California and the sad story they tell about the impact of climate change on the Sierra Nevada. Co-published by Heyday Books and the Sierra College Press.
William C. Tweed, a trained historian, spent his entire career of thirty years at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. He retired as Chief Park Naturalist and now lives in Bend, Oregon. The author takes the reader on a journey, beginning just before the gold rush and throughout more than 150 years of the Euro-American experience with the giant trees – from modern discovery, to curiosity, to wholesale slaughter, and finally, conservation and preservation of the last groves of the Sierra
The Sierra Nevada, with its 14,000-foot granite mountains, crystalline lakes, conifer forests, and hidden valleys, has long been the domain of dreams, attracting the heroic and the delusional, the best of humanity and the worst. Stories abound, and characters emerge so outlandish and outrageous that they have to be real. By Gary Noy.