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Josephine Miles Award
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Ralph J. Gleason Award
Third Edition now available
University of California Press
In Thought and Action: the Enigmatic Life of  S. I. Hayakawa
2013 — Award of Merit
American Association of
State and Local History
2013 — Institute of General
Hayakawa Book Prize

Gerald W. Haslam was born in Bakersfield, raised in Oildale in California's Great Central Valley, the setting of most of his books.

Much of his writing, starting with a series of pieces for The Nation four decades ago, has sought to bring his native state's image more into line with its reality. He has particularly celebrated California's rural and small town areas, its poor and working class people of all colors, to explore the human condition. He wrote in the Introduction to Where Coyotes Howl and Wind Blows Free, "no matter what our color or sex, we have more uniting than separating us. What is most important is that we are all members of the human family."

This anthology, Many Californias,  offers a broad sampling of California writers.
Benjamin Franklin Award

Award of Merit from the Association of State and Local History
Personal Essays
Named to the San Francisco Chronicle's readers' list of the twentieth-century's top 100 best non-fiction books from the West
A middle-aged couple outgrow their pasts as they struggle to care for aging parents and maturing children.
Western States Book award

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  • The Great X-mas Controversy
  • Bloodrites
  • What Horton Hatched
  • Prostate Cancer Can Be Conquered with Help From More Foot Soldiers
  • Hawk's Flight
  • Rejection Slips: A Balm for Writers and as Certain as Death
  • The Estero

E-books now available: Haslam's Valley, Grace Period, Snapshots, Coming of Age in California, In Thought and Action, Voices of a Place, The Great Tejon Club Jubilee

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2013—Award of Merit from American Association of State and Local History for In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa

2013—The Institute of General Semantics' Hawakawa Book Prize In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa

2006—Josephine Miles National Literary Award for Haslam's Valley

2005—Delbert and Edith Wylder Award (for Exceptional Service) Western Literature Association

2004—Certificate of Commendation, California Arts Council

2003—Sequoia—Giant of the Valley Award, The Great Valley Center

2001—Western States Book Award for Straight White Male

2001—Silver Medal, ForeWord magazine fiction book of the year for Straight White Male

2001—Carey McWilliams Award, California Studies Association

2001—Certificate of Commendation, American Association for State and Local History for Workin' Man Blues

2000—Ralph J. Gleason Award from Rolling Stone, BMI, NYU for Workin' Man Blues

1999—Distinguished Achievement Award, Western Literature Association

1999Coming of Age in California selected as one of the 20th Century's top 100 non-fiction books from the West in a San Francisco Chronicle poll.

1998—Bakersfield Centennial Literature Award

1998—Laureate, San Francisco Library Foundation

1994—Commonwealth Club Medal for Californiana for The Great Central Valley

1994—Award of Merit from the Association of State and Local History for The Great Central Valley

1994—Honorable Mention (finalist) PEN USA West Nonfiction Award for The Great Central Valley

1993—Bay Area Book Reviewers' Association Award for Nonfiction for The Great Central Valley

1993—Benjamin Franklin Award from Publishers' Marketing Association for Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State

1993—Outstanding Literary Artist from Arts Council of Kern

1990—Josephine Miles National Literary Award from PEN Oakland for That Constant Coyote

1989—Creative Writing Fellowship from California Arts Council

1988—Honorable Mention, Spur Best Short Fiction Award from Western Writers of America for "The Estero"

1985—Bernard Ashton Raborg Award for "William Saroyan and the Critics"


"The state has found a voice, sometimes sweet, often acerbic, laced with the rue only a smart native son can bring to bear..."
San Francisco Chronicle

"He has created a tradition from scratch..."
Los Angeles Times

"He writes with compassion, understanding and an ear for the many voices of the region.... He writes with tolerance about intolerance, with a sense of justice about injustice, and with humor that doesn't stoop to condescension."

"[Haslam] is the quintessential California writer,"
The Californians

"Haslam has modes of talk down with precise variations of rhythm, dialect and accent...he entertains, but punches hard too."
Small Press Review

"Gerald Haslam's novel Masks is a work that extends Mark Twain's and John Steinbeck's line directly."
California English

"Haslam's essays touch on universal themes, but he stays rooted to the specific, and has a deft touch."
The Bloomsbury Review

"Country music set to prose."
The Nation

"The writer's writer."
Long Beach Press

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