William Saroyan Centennial

January 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
People across the Valley are preparing to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of William Saroyan's birth. He was born and raised in Fresno and wrote many stories about life here. Today's kickoff event was a twenty-four hour read-a-thon with from of his novels. I joined the party on January 10, 2008 at noon and picked up the story line from an early chapter in "The Human Comedy"

"Nancy Osborne: 'Mr. Ackley,' the coach said, 'it is time get into his track suit immediately and run the 220 low hurdles. We're waiting for him.' "

Fans of Saroyan's work are in the middle of this marathon read and the public is welcome to come and listen. Or bring your own copy of "The Human Comedy" and "My Name is Aram" to join the read along. The ongoing read-a-thon is at "George's restaurant" in north Fresno on Blackstone just southeast of Herndon Avenue. You'll find a complete list of events honoring Saroyan throughout 2008, including a special screening of the film version of "The Human Comedy", on the following web pages:

William Saroyan Centennial Website

A Screening of The Human Comedy at Fresno's Tower Theatre April 25, 2008 with a special guest appearance by Mickey Rooney who starred in the film adaptation of Saroyan's novel.

William Saroyan Centennial - Events Calendar