Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 7:00pm
Marek Breiger, Floyd Salas, and Gerald Haslam read from their writing at Green Apple Books on July 15th, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Marek Breiger is the author of the new book, The City and the Fields: Multicultural Themes in Modern California Literature, a collection of essays on 40 important California writers.
"Few writers have felt California's literary pulse as truly as has Marek Breiger, and fewer still have written about it more truly. This book sets a new standard. It has no peer currently in print."
—Gerald Haslam, award-winning author, editor: The Other California, Coming of Age in California.
"Breiger's blend of history and literature, of analysis and appreciation, make the City and the Fields a unique, personal, yet grounded exploration of the consciousness of California as captured in the words of some of its most iconic writers."
—Floyd Salas, recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award for Tattoo the Wicked Cross.
Marek Breiger has published over 40 essays dealing with California literature and life. He has taught high school English for 33 years and has won two Dorothy Wright Awards from San Jose State University for "contributions in promoting excellence in writing and love of literature."
Berkeley writer Floyd Salas is the author of the powerful prison novel, Tattoo the Wicked Cross, winner of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. His coming-of-age memoir, Buffalo Nickel, charts his search for identity in a family struggling with drug addiction, crime, and suicide. Among his other books are Lay My Body On The Line, a novel about the San Francisco State uprising of the 1960s, and Color of My Living Heart, a collection of love poems.
A native of Oildale in the Bakersfield area, Gerald Haslam, through his writing and editing, has created an awareness of the "other California," the state's untrendy small towns and rural areas. He has written about the Central Valley (The Great Central Valley), about country music (Workin' Man Blues). and the joys and despairs of blue collar people in California (That Constant Coyote, Masks, etc.), winning numerous literary awards.