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Gerald Haslam

Author's Bio

I have taken little known areas of California as my literary province, setting my stories and essays in farms and villages and empty stretches of that otherwise glitzy state. I write especially about my home region, the Great Central Valley...the richest agricultural region in the history of the world. It is an area of few haves and many have nots, bloated wealth for a few, desperation for many, and increasingly of a disconnected middle class. Many people of all colors struggle to gain a foothold in California on its unforgiving fields, toiling to survive while varied cultures clash or blend, and that in turn can lead to deep, grinding drama. Add an improved (or maimed)landscape, water wars, a blighted natural environment, and there's plenty to write about. I call my settings "The Other California."

Publications and Prizes

Manuel & the Madman (Devil Mountain Books, 2000), Straight White Male (University of Nevada Press, 2000), The Great Tejon Club Jubilee (Devil Mountain Books, 1996), Condor Dreams & Other Fictions (University of Nevada Press, 1994)
L.A. Times Magazine, Sierra, Sky Books, The Nation, This World
Bernard Ashton Raborg Award, 1985 Josephine Miles Award, 1990 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award, 1993 Commonwealth Club Medal, 1994 Western States Book Award, 2000 Ralph J. Gleason Award, 2000 Carey McWilliams Award, 2001 Josephine Miles Award, 2006

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Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Men in My Life by James D. Houston, Controversy by William Manchester, Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell, Growing Up Bronx by Gerald Rosen, The Firebird Poems by Gerald Locklin
Favorite Books:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Collected Stories of Flannery O'Conner Things Fall Apart The Good Soldier Schweik The Collected Stories of Ernest Hemingway The Grapes of Wrath Fat City
Favorite Authors:
Flannery O'Conner James D. Houston Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel John Steinbeck William Saroyan Elmer Kelton Ernest Hemingway

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Listing last updated: May 11, 2009

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Fiction Writer
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Born in:
Bakersfield, CA
Raised in:
Oildale, CA

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