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Books In Print: Nonfiction

Leon Patterson, A California Story

Winner of: Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Award 2016

Devil Mountain Books, Box 4115, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 1990; Second Edition, 2000. e-book available
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In Thought and Acton: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa

Winner of: Award of Merit from American Association of State and Local History
Winner of: The Institute of General Semantics' S.I. Hawakawa Prize


University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE 68588-0630, 2011. e-book available ·
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Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California, 3nd edition

Winner of: the Rolling Stone Magazine Ralph J. Gleason Award.
Winner of: the Certificate of Commendation (American Association for State and Local History)


University of California Press, Berkeley, CA 94709, 2012.

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The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland

Winner of: the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award for Nonfiction
Winner of: the Commonwealth Club Medal for Californiana
Winner of: an Award of Merit from the Association of State and Local History, as well as other honors for photography and design.
See a complete list of reviews and awards at: Awards

Published by: University of California Press
, Berkeley, CA 94720, 1993.
Can be purchased from: Stephen Johnson Photography
This book is an extended essay on place illustrated by photographers Steven Johnson and Robert Dawson.

Coming of Age in California

Winner of: The second edition of these personal essays was named to the San Francisco Chronicle's readers' list of the twentieth-century's top 100 best non-fiction books from the West.

Devil Mountain Books, Box 4115, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 1990; Second Edition, 2000. e-book available
Read an essay from this book! "Bloodrites,"

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The Other California: The Great Central Valley in Life and Letters


Capra Press, 1990; second edition, University of Nevada Press, Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV 89557-0076, 1993;
Reissued in a second, enlarged edition in 1994. Eighteen essays and articles originally published in periodicals.

Books In Print: Fiction

Grace Period

Winner of: Eric Hoffer Award 2016

University of Nevada Press, Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV 89557-0076, 2006. e-book available

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Haslam's Valley

Winner of: 2006 Josephine Miles National Literary Award

Devil Mountain Books, Box 4115, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 1995; E-book available
A career-summarizing collection of fiction and non-fiction.

Read a short story from this book: What Horton Hatched
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Straight White Male

Winner of: Western States Book Award for 2001
and was named runner-up for Book of the Year by Foreword magazine


University of Nevada Press, Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV 89557-0076, 2000;
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Manuel and the Madman

Thwack! Pow! Productions, Box 984, Penngrove, CA 94951, 2000; with Janice Haslam
Half-Anglo, half-Chicano, Manuel Ryan survives seventh grade. A humorous novel about and for teens.
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Condor Dreams and Other Fictions



University of Nevada Press, Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV 89557-0076, 1994.
In this collection of twenty-five short stories of varied subjects and styles, Gerald Haslam explores the rural areas and small towns of his native region - California's Great Central Valley.

The Great Tejon Club Jubilee

Devil Mountain Books, Box 4115, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 1995. e-book available
The redoubtable Tejon Club Gang stumbles into one beer-fueled misadventure after another in these 14 related stories.
Read a story from this book! "The Great X-mas Controversy"

That Constant Coyote: California Stories

Winner of 1990 Josephine Miles National Literary Award

University of Nevada Press, Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV 89557-0076, 1990.
This book collects a variety of stories dealing with rural and small-town folks in California. Still going strong after three printings.

ANTHOLOGIES

Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State

Winner of: 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award

Second edition, University of Nevada Press, Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV 89557-0076, 1999.

This edition adds the work of Robert Hass, Gina Berriault, Molly Giles, Mas Masumoto, Carolyn See, Ross MacDonald, Oakley Hall, Victor Martinez, Al Young, and Chitra Divakaruni, as well as new selections by William Saroyan, Hisaye Yamamoto, Jack London, and Wallace Stegner.

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Jack London's Golden State: Selected California Writing


Amazon A sampler of London's varied writing about his native state, with a biographical essay and individual introductions to each piece. Publisher: Heyday Books.

Where Coyotes Howl and Wind Blows Free: Growing Up in the West

( with Alexandra R. Haslam )

University of Nevada Press, Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV 89557-0076, 1995.

This multi-regional, multi-cultural collection of stories and essays for younger readers plays against the Western stereotype. Includes authors such as Stegner, Hong Kingston, Brautigan, McFadden, Soto and Mowry.

BOOKLETS, MONOGRAPHS AND REPRINTS

The Horned Toad

Adapted and illustrated by Garth Haslam

Thwack! Pow! Productions, Box 984, Penngrove, CA 94951, 1994.
Gerry's most anthologized short story presented in comic-book form for beginning readers.

Lawrence Clark Powell

Boise State University Western Writers' Series, 1991; ISBN: 0-88430-101-X
A 52-page survey of the life and career of one of the West's preeminent men of letters.
To purchase: Lawrence Clark Powell publication #102

Jack Schaefer


Boise State University Western Writers' Series, 1975; ISBN: 0-88430-019-6.
A 46-page survey of the life and career of one of the West’s preeminent men of letters.
To purchase: Jack Schaefer publication #20

FILMS

Rider

Co-script writer of a 22-minute movie produced by Randy Lippert and directed by Jim Weiner for Spotswood Productions, 1992. Based on Gerry's short story "Rider."
Read this essay. "Rider"

The Miyazaki Family: Missing in Action

Winner: film based on it was 1995 Golden Eagle Award from CINE.

Script Consultant of a 22-minute film produced and directed by Michael Litle for Abitare Film Group, Inc., 1995. Film is based on Gerry's short story "Missing in Action."

EARLIER PUBLICATIONS
FICTION

The Man Who Cultivated Fire and Other Stories
Capra Press, 1987
 Snapshots: Glimpses of the Other California

Devil Mountain Books, P.O. Box 4115, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 1985. e-book available ·
 Hawk Flights: Visions of the West
Seven Buffaloes Press, l983
The Wages of Sin: Collected Stories
Duck Down Press/Windriver Books, l980
Masks: A Novel
Old Adobe Press, l976
Okies: Selected Stories
Honorable Mention Joseph Henry Jackson Award. 1973

lst edition, 1973, New West Publications; 2nd edition, l974; 3rd edition, Peregrine-Smith, 1975

NONFICTION

Voices of a Place: Social and Literary Essays from the Other California
E-book available
Read a story from this book. "Rider"

Devil Mountain Books, Box 4115, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 1987.

The Language of the Oil Fields
Old Adobe Press, 1972


ANTHOLOGIES



California Heartland: Writing from the Great Central Valley
Co-written with James D. Houston; Capra Press, 1978

Afro-American Oral Literature
Harper & Row, l974


Western Writing
University of New Mexico Press, l974


Forgotten Pages of American Literature
Houghton-Mifflin, l970


BOOKLETS, MONOGRAPHS, & REPRINTS



Out of the Slush Pile and Into Print
Co-written with Perry Glasser; Poets & Writers, Inc., l993

Baiting the Hook
Poets & Writers, Inc., 1990


The Great Central Valley : Voices of a Place
Author: Gerald W Haslam; Stephen Johnson; Robert Dawson; Pacific Discovery Magazine.
Publisher: San Francisco : California Academy of Sciences,©1986.
This exhibit led to the Great Central Valley book.


William Eastlake
Steck-Vaughn Southwest Writers' Series, 1970