Gerald Haslam

Gerald Haslam

Gerald William Haslam (born March 18, 1937) is the author credited with having created an awareness of "the other California" (in a book of the same name), the state's untrendy small town and rural reaches. A native of Oildale in the Bakersfield area, Haslam has often written about the Great Central Valley (also in a book of the same name), about country music (Workin' Man Blues), about the despair and exultation of blue collar people in a golden state (That Constant Coyote, Condor Dreams, Straight White Male, etc.), winning numerous literary awards.Most recently he (and wife Janice E. Haslam) have examined the life of another maverick, Senator S. I. Hayakawa (In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa). Reviewer David Peck labeled him "the quintessential California writer." Reviewer Julie Robertson wrote, “I don’t know what I love best about Gerald Haslam’s writing: the validation of his own turf, his marvelous sense of history and metaphor, or his zany and poignant characters.” Historian Kevin Starr observed, “for Haslam the Great Central Valley offers a profound and dynamic probe, an axis of approach, a metaphor, into the human condition itself.” Professor David Fine asserts, “He writes with tolerance about intolerance, with a sense of justice about injustice and with humor that doesn’t stoop to condescension.” The Long Beach Press-Telegram called him simply “the writers’ writer.”

Read more about Gerald Haslam:  Early Life and Education, Career At Sonoma State University, Literary Awards, Community Honors, Publications By Gerald Haslam

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Publications By Gerald Haslam
... of Nevada Press, 2000) Haslam's Valley (Heyday Books, 2005) Grace Period (Univ ... Haslam Univ ... Haslam) Where Coyotes Howl and Wind Blows Free Growing Up in the West (Univ of Nevada Press, 1995) (ed.) Jack London's Golden State Selected California Writings (Heyday Books, 1999 ...