"This is a book as classic as Yosemite itself -- it's sure to become a standard resource." -- Steve Heilig, San Francisco Chronicle

"This anthology of Sierra writings stands tall." -- Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee

The Illuminated Landscape provides us an important opportunity to take the time to reflect on this magnificent place and why it matters to Sierra Nevadans and all Californians -- this range is very special and we dare not fail to act to protect and sustain into the future. Enjoy. -- Jim Branham, CEO, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

This anthology looms large on the horizon for those who want to learn about, enjoy and experience the Sierra Nevada.  A truly terrific collection. -- David Guy, CEO, Yosemite Association

The Illuminated Landscape

A Sierra Nevada Anthology

Co-edited by Gary Noy and Rick Heide

Foreword by Robert Hanna

Paperback, 448 pages, $19.95

A California Legacy Book

Co-published by Heyday, Sierra College Press and Santa Clara University


This is a remarkable anthology, taking the reader chronologically from the dawn of time to environmental issues of today.  This book belongs on every bookshelf of the best-of-the-best of Californiana. --               

Dr. William Swagerty, Director, John Muir Center, University of the Pacific

Brilliantly assembled and introduced, this first anthology of Sierra Nevada writings stands as a landmark publication. -- Gary Kurutz, Curator of Special Collections, California State Library


Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues

by Gary Noy

Foreword by Malcolm Margolin

Paperback, 235 pages, $17

eBook, $8.99

Co-published by Heyday and Sierra College Press


Release Date:  April 2014

Now in its Third Printing

"I love California lore and your writing and the story selection hit all the right notes with me.  I laughed, I learned, they entertain, they linger!"

-- Beverly Lewis, Director of the Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office

"[Gary] Noy curates his collection to great effect, offering readers a smattering of succinct and highly readable accounts of the mad strivers, the ostracized immigrants, the robber barons, the famous entertainers and other noteworthy individuals who lived in the skinny mountain range running down eastern California....Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues delivers exactly what the title promises."

-- Matthew Renda, Tahoe Quarterly magazine, Summer 2014



49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck

by Gary Noy

​Foreword by Gary F. Kurutz

Paperback, 378 pages, $17​

​eBook, $8.99

​with 49 historic images

​Co-published by Heyday and Sierra College Press

Release date: May 2017

What a remarkable collection! An original and lively look at all the usual suspects, plus bears, weather, women, Joaquín, disappointment and dissipation, a veritable glory hole of highly polished nuggets from life on the frontier. Exhaustively researched and highly entertaining. -- JoAnn Levy, author of They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush and Unsettling the West: Eliza Farnham and Georgiana Bruce Kirby in Frontier California

This fascinating book offers readers something new. Gary Noy brings together, appropriately enough, 49 tales drawn from familiar and unfamiliar sources, each rich with something compelling and memorable.... A satisfying representation of California's Gold Rush, complex, unruly, appalling, uplifting, and, as we come to understand, ultimately never quite what we thought it was. --Terry Beers, Professor of English and American Literature, Santa Clara University and author of Califlora: A Literary Field Guide

Gary Noy’s collection of stand-alone, stand-out non-fiction stories of the Gold Rush underscores once again the continuing role of this epoch as a catalyst for good writing.  Again and again, we Californians return to this era to re-discover the breeder-reactor of literary energy set in motion by the first decade of American California. Noy has the ability to make old stories seem new and new stories seem like they have always been part of the Gold Rush canon. -- Kevin Starr, Professor of History at the University of Southern California; California State Librarian emeritus; and author of the multi-volume Americans and the California Dream.

Seamlessly fuses academic rigor, original reporting and emotional intensity into one meditation on an era.…If the task of the historian is to be faithful to lost truths, then Noy’s latest exploration succeeds on every level, and does so in a way that will keep readers wanting to dig deeper into the past.—Scott Thomas Anderson, Sierra Lodestar Magazine

Sierra Stories is the 2016 winner of the Gold Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Distant horizon

Documents from the 19th Century American West

Edited by Gary Noy

Paperback, 467 pages, $22

Published by the University of Nebraska Press


"This is history close up, bringing to life the men and women who built the West." -- Parade magazine

"This massive book is a gold mine ... documenting the lifestyle of the original settlers of the American West." -- Joyce Sparrow, Library Journal

Gary Noy,  Author and Lecturer

Standing Guard

Telling Our Stories

by the Standing Guard Publication Group

Gary Noy, one of the editors

Hardbound, 165 pages, $60

Published by Sierra College Press


Recipient of the 2002 Rice Diversity Award from the California Community College Office of the Chancellor