Calendar of Events
Also see the William Saroyan Centennial Website
William Saroyan Centennial 2008
Calendar of Events

Beginning January 2008!
William Saroyan Society’s Annual Story Writing Contest
Submissions Due:  March 10, 2008
Awards:  April 10, 2008 at Woodward Park Regional Library, located at 944 E. Perrin Ave., Fresno.  
For library information only call (559) 433-3135.
The William Saroyan Society will be holding its annual story writing contest for students in grades one through college
beginning in January 2008.  Submissions are due on March 10, and awards will be presented on April 10 at the Woodward
Park Regional Library.  The Theme is Stories from Your Home Place:  how has the place where you live or have lived, the
people you have met, and your dreams in that place affected your life?  William Saroyan set many of his homespun stories,
fiction and nonfiction, in Fresno.  He wrote about the people he met, and their lives and dreams.  Prizes are awarded for First
($100), Second ($75), and Third ($50).  For more information on the Annual Story Writing Contest, see www.
williamsaroyansociety.org.

Wednesday, January 2 through January 28, 2008
Armenian Museum Saroyan Photograph Exhibition
Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, California
8am-5pm, Monday through Friday only
Free to the Public
Begin the Centennial by enjoying a United States premier exhibition of gallery quality black and white photographs of Saroyan
in Armenia.  These exquisite pictures of Saroyan during his last visits to Armenia were taken by photographer Boghos
Boghossian Armenian, who currently resides in Armenia.  Located on the bottom floor of City Hall, come and enjoy this
unique show and take advantage for the wonderful opportunity to purchase these works of photographic art.

Thursday, January 3, 2008 through Sunday, February 24, 2008
William Saroyan Art Exhibition and Reception for Opening Night
Tulare Historical Museum, Heritage Room
444 West Tulare Avenue, Tulare, California
Exhibition: Thursday-Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday 12:30 AM-4:00 PM
Reception: Thursday, January 3, 2008, 5:30 PM-7 PM
The Tulare Historical Museum will be exhibiting rare art work created by William Saroyan.  Be among the first this year to
view paintings and sketches by this celebrated author.  This exhibition will be a wonderful opportunity to examine another
facet of Saroyan’s artistic nature.  There will be a champagne reception for those attending the opening night of the art
exhibit.  Admission to the Saroyan Art Exhibition:  $5.00 Adults, $3.00 seniors (age 55 and up) and AAA members, $2.00
Students.  No charge for the Opening Night Exhibition Reception.  For more information, contact the Museum at 559-686-
2074.

Thursday, January 10, 2008 through Friday, January 11, 2008
Saroyan Society’s Twenty-Four Hour Read-A-Thon
George’s Restaurant
6680 N. Blackstone, Fresno, California
11 AM to 11 AM
Free Admission
Seventy-two media personalities, elected officials, local celebrities and other community members will unite to read William
Saroyan’s The Human Comedy and My Name is Aram from 11 am on January 10th to 11am on January 11, 2008.  Stop by
and be a part of this fun event.  To volunteer to read, contact Roberta Barton at (559) 488-1922.

Friday, January 11, 2008
Annual Fresno Chamber of Commerce Dinner
Saroyan Centennial Kick-Off!
Fresno Convention Center
No-Host Cocktails at 6 PM
Dinner at 7 PM
The Chamber Dinner will be the occasion for the official city-wide kick-off for the Saroyan Centennial.  Guests at the dinner
will have the opportunity to hear the Chamber’s year end reports, greet the new leadership, and enjoy entertainment that will
be inspired by William Saroyan and his Armenian Heritage—a time to celebrate one of our most notable Fresno native sons.  
For reservations ($85 each), contact the Fresno Chamber of Commerce office at (559) 495-4800.

Saturday, January 12, 2008
Saroyan Symposium
Fresno Convention Center, Fresno, California
New Exhibit Hall, Rooms 2015-2018
10:00 AM
Free Admission
The Armenian Museum and the William Saroyan Society welcomes you to celebrate the life and works of William Saroyan
with a distinguished panel of guests.  Join moderator John Kallenberg, President of the William Saroyan Society, as he
introduces Saroyan scholar Dr. Jon Whitmore, President of Texas Tech University; San Francisco-based writer and friend of
Saroyan, Herb Gold; Saroyan writer, William Justice, author of the introduction for Essential Saroyan; English Professor,
Deanna Garabedian, who continues impart her knowledge of Saroyan to her students; and former Fresno Bee columnist, Eli
Setenich, who shared Saroyan stories with Fresnans for many years.  This event promises to be both enlightening and
entertaining with plenty of anecdotal stories to equal the colorful and animated life of Saroyan.  Afterwards, join the panel as
they gather for an Armenian lunch at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, in walking distance of the Fresno
Convention Center.  The symposium is sponsored with a generous gift from the Knights of Vartan.  For more information,
contact the Saroyan Centennial office at (559) 243-5880.

Saturday, January 12, 2008
Luncheon
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church
Social Hall
2226 Ventura Avenue, Fresno (across from the Convention Center), California
12 PM Social Gathering
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Luncheon, $14
For Reservations Call: 559-486-1141 (Alma Margossian)
Tickets may also be purchased at the door
After the Saroyan Symposium, it’s a short walk from the William Saroyan Theatre to the oldest Armenian Apostolic Church in
the western United States.  The Trinity Ladies Guild will be preparing a delicious traditional Armenian meal for all those who
enjoy good food and good company.  Lunch will offer the opportunity to visit with the panelists and get more insight into this
man, William Saroyan.  A contemporary art exhibition may be viewed in the Church’s social hall.

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saroyan on Kalfayan:  Musical Program during Annual Church Luncheon
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church
2226 Ventura Avenue, Fresno (across from the Convention Center), California
10 AM to Noon during Church Services (Free Admission)
12:30 to 3:30 PM Annual Lunch Banquet
Banquet Meal $14.00
In one of his short stories, “Don’t Go but if You Go Say Hello To Everyone,” William Saroyan wrote about the composer,
conductor, and music instructor Krikor Prof-Kalfayan.  The renowned Armenian composer was born in Armenian in 1873
and died in Fresno.  Educated in Paris, he moved to Fresno in 1918, where he was the head conductor of the choir at the Holy
Trinity.  Come and pay tribute to these two accomplished friends, Saroyan on his 100th anniversary and the 135th anniversary
of his friend, Kalfayan, by attending the morning tribute with classical music during church services, and a special afternoon
luncheon program of popular Armenian songs written by Kalfayan, with soloist soprano Anahit Nercesyan and pianist/organist
Naira Shahsouvarian.


Sunday, January 20, 2008
Tulare City Historical Society’s
Sunday at 2: Armenian Music with Richard Hagopian
Tulare Historical Museum, Heritage Room
444 West Tulare Avenue, Tulare, California
2:00 PM
Enjoy a lively afternoon of Armenian folk music during the Tulare City Historical Society’s “Sunday at 2” program with the
popular and internationally renowned musician Richard Hagopian.  This event is free to the public.  For more information,
contact the Museum at 559-686-2074.

Friday through Sunday, January 26-27, 2008
Theatrical Production of The Beautiful People
Fresno Memorial Theatre
2425 Fresno Street, Fresno, California
At the Door:  $20-$16
Seniors/Students:  $18-$14
Pre-Order:  $15-$10
January 26th: Matinee performance at 2:00 PM, Evening performance at 7:30 PM
January 27th: Matinee performance at 2:00 PM
Experience William Saroyan’s The Beautiful People, as Saroyan brings humanity full front through the eyes of a young man,
the mind on a daughter, and the love of a father.  It is simply one of his most heartfelt plays for the entire family to enjoy.  
Tickets are on sale now, for more information, visit AithonTheatre.com, or call (559) 260-7433.

February 2008
Fig Tree Gallery Celebrates the William Saroyan Centennial
644 Van Ness Ave., Fresno, California
Art Hop:  Thursday, February 7, 2008, 5 PM – 8 PM
Gallery Hours:  Friday – Sunday, Noon – 4 pm
For the month of February, Fig Tree Gallery will exhibit works from various members in honor of Saroyan’s 100th
anniversary.  Exhibit will be displayed in the back gallery.  For more information, contact the gallery at (559) 486-0460.

Saturday, February 2, 2008
14th Annual Dinner Party A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, Armenian-Style!
Tulare Historical Museum
444 West Tulare Avenue, Tulare, California
7 to 9 PM
Spend a lovely evening at the Tulare Historical Museum for their 14th Annual Dinner Party, A Lovely Way to Spend an
Evening, will begin with a champagne reception in the Museum’s C.R. Sturgeon Exhibit Hall.  The reception will be followed
by a delicious, gourmet Armenian-style dinner prepared by Chef Elmer Leal of Holstein Café.  For more information, contact
the Museum at 559-686-2074.

Beginning Saturday, February 9, 2008
Radio Broadcast of “My Junkyard of Memories”
Valley Public Radio:  89.3 FM (Fresno), and 89.1 FM (Bakersfield)
Broadcast Dates:  February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 1, 8, 2008
12:06 PM
Tune in to Valley Public Radio, 89.3 in the Fresno area, and 89.1 in the Bakersfield area, when your host, former newsman
and noted local historian, Bob Long brings you a wonderful line up of six half-hour programs featuring readings and
interviews by family and friends of William Saroyan.  Featured along with these impassioned voices is music and readings of
unpublished works by Saroyan.

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Book Discussion Group of Essential Saroyan: A Selection of William Saroyan’s Best Writings by William E. Justice
Tulare Historical Museum, Heritage Room
444 West Tulare Avenue, Tulare, California
Book Discussion Group:  1 PM
Distribution of Book:  Thursday, January 3, 2008, 5:30-7:00 PM
The Tulare Historical Museum’s book discussion group will meet in the museum’s Heritage Room to discuss Essential
Saroyan: A Selection of William Saroyan’s Best Writings, edited with an introduction by William E. Justice.  The book will be
available for purchase in the Tulare Historical Museum’s Gift Shop for $11.95, plus tax.  For more information, contact the
Tulare Historical Museum at (559) 686-2074.

Saturday, February 25 through March 30, 2008
Saroyan Art Exhibition
Kings Art Center
605 North Douty Street, Hanford, California
Tuesday through Sunday 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Free Admission
If you missed the show in Tulare, the Kings Art Center will continue the wonderful exhibition of rare art work created by
William Saroyan.  Come and enjoy these unique paintings and sketches created by this celebrated author.  This exhibition will
be a wonderful opportunity to examine another facet of Saroyan’s artistic nature.  During your visit, take a tour of the
beautiful, quaint town of Hanford, the subject of Saroyan’s short story, “Hanford,” in My Name is Aram.  For more
information, please contact the Kings Art Center at (559) 584-1065.

Friday, February 22-March 30
Theatrical Production:  My Heart’s in the Highlands
Luna Playhouse
3706 San Fernando Road
Glendale, California
Fridays, Saturdays 8 PM, Sundays 2 PM
Tickets $25
Luna Playhouse is proud to take part in the Saroyan Centennial by honoring William Saroyan with his play, My Heart’s in the
Highlands.  Tickets are $25.  For ticket information please call Luna Playhouse at (818) 500-7200, or itsmysat.com.  For
more information on the production, see www.lunaplayhouse.com.


March 2008
Saroyan Centennial Prizes for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Drama
William Saroyan Society with the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project
Submissions Due March 15, 2008
Sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project, the William Saroyan Society is awarding prizes for adult writers in the
areas of fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama.  One $500 prize will be awarded in each category.  The winners will also be
published in the journal In the Grove, and included in the Saroyan Archive.  Judging will be blind.  The fiction contest’s
finalists will be judged by Steve Yarbrough, author of Visible Spirits, the Oxygen Man, The End of California and other novels
and short story collections.  The creative nonfiction and drama contests’ judges will
be announced at a later date.  For more
information check the William Saroyan Society website at www.williamsaroyansociety.org.


Thursday, March 13 and 27, 2008
Book Discussion: Essential Saroyan
Reedley Library
1027 ‘E’ Street, Reedley, California
6 PM
Free to the Public
Librarian Ernst Vitovec will lead an in-depth discussion over four evenings of the book, Essential Saroyan, a compendium of
excerpts from Saroyan’s fiction and nonfiction works along with selected short stories and plays.  Register for this program
at the Reedley Library by February 15, 2008 and receive a free copy of this book.  For more information contact the library at
(559) 638-2818.


History Day, Saturday, March 15, 2008
All Student Entry Forms & Fees due to FCOE:  Thursday, January 24, 2008            

Web Site and Historical Papers due for judging: Thursday, January 24, 2008       
History Day Event: Saturday, March 15, 2008                                                 
Winning Saroyan History Day Project Announced: Saturday, March 15, 2008
Fresno County History Day presents students in grades 4-12 with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of
history-social science concepts in relation to an annual theme.  Students will research, analyze, and interpret their topics
relating to “Conflict and Compromise in History.”  This year, in honor of William Saroyan, the Fresno County Office of
Education will be adding a special award for the winning “William Saroyan: Conflict and Compromise” project in honor of the
100th anniversary year of his birth (1908-2008). The winning project and student will be featured in a special “Newspapers in
Education” publication.


Wednesday, March 16, 2008
Saroyan Film:  The Time of Your Life
Sunnyside Library
5566 E. Kings Canyon, Fresno, California
6 PM
Free to the Public
Join the library for a film showing of The Time of Your Life that was written in 1935 and was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize
for best screenplay.  For more information contact the library at (559) 255-6594.


March 22 through June 1, 2008
Theatrical Performance:  The Time of Your Life
Pacific Resident Theatre
703 Venice Blvd., Venice, California
8 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
3 PM on Sundays
Southern California's most honored resident theatre company stages William Saroyan's
masterpiece, The Time of Your Life.   A not-to-be-missed production!  For tickets and group sales, call (310) 822-8392.  
www.PacificResidentTheatre.com
.

Monday, March 24, 2008
“Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno” with Fresno historian William Secrest
Clovis Regional Library
1155 Fifth Street
Clovis, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Fresno historian William Secrest, Jr. will present a multi-media program entitled, “Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno”.  For
more information contact the library at (559) 299-9531.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Reader’s Theatre
Fig Garden Regional Library
3071 W. Bullard
Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Actors from the Woodward Shakespeare Festival will perform a reader's theater production of a Saroyan work.  A group
discussion will follow the reader's theater. For more information contact the library at (559) 438-4071.


Tuesday, March 25 through May 18, 2008
Art Installation—Carol Tikijian:  
Why Abstract?  Reflections on Saroyan
Fresno Art Museum
2233 N. First Street, Fresno, California
Tues. through Sun., 11:00 to 5 PM
Thursday 11:00 to 8 PM
Free Admission to Museum Members
Admission for Nonmembers:  General $4.00 and Students/Seniors $2.00
Tikijian’s art installation will feature a large circle constructed of black and white dots on which are imposed objects
representing important elements of Saroyan’s life.  The concept of the exhibition is based on a book,
Why Abstract?, authored
by modernist Hilaire Hiler, a painter and costume and set designer, and writer, who was born ten years earlier than William
Saroyan.  For Hiler’s book, Saroyan wrote the introduction.  The two became friends, sharing common life views.  For more
information contact the museum at (559) 441-4221, or visit their website at www.fresnoartmuseum.org.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Young Writers’ Conference
California State University, Fresno’s Department of English, College of Arts and
Humanities
California State University, Fresno
8 AM to 2 PM
Participation Fee $15
Each spring, the Department of English and the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State host the Young Writers’
Conference for area high school students.  This conference provides a valuable opportunity for young writers to hear a
professional writer read and answer questions about the creative writing process.  It also provides an opportunity for their
writing to be judged the same manner as any adult writer.  The William Saroyan Society sponsors the William Saroyan Award
to a young writer.  For more information see http://csufresno.edu/crwr/15ywc.htm.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Reader’s Theatre
Armenian Home of California
6720 E. Kings Canyon
Fresno, California
6:30 PM
Free to the Public
Actors from the Woodward Shakespeare Festival will perform a reader's theater production of a Saroyan work.  A group
discussion will follow the reader's theater.  For more information contact the library at (559) 251-8414.


Thursday, March 27, 2008
“Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno” with Fresno historian William Secrest
San Joaquin Gardens
5555 N. Fresno
Fresno, California
6 PM
Free to the Public
Sponsored by the Fresno County Library, Fresno historian William Secrest, Jr. will present a multi-media program entitled,
“Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno”.  For more information contact the library at (559) 439-4770.


Thursday, March 27, 2008
Premiere Stage Performance and Preview of Art Installation
Fresno Art Museum
2233 N. First Street, Fresno, California
6:30  PM Wine and Preview of Art Installation with Artist Carol Tikijian
7:30  PM One-Man Show:  My Name is Saroyan-A Question of Will
8:45  PM After-Theatre Supper with artists David Fox-Brenton and Carol Tikijian
Reservations $50   Call (559) 243-5880
In an elegant evening with artists, David Fox-Brenton and Carol Tikijian, this Centennial event promises a premiere of a one-
man show written and performed by David Fox-Brenton, and a preview of art installation Why Abstract? with the artist, Carol
Tikijian.  Both of these talented artists will join guests for this special event, sponsored by the Armenian Museum, in an after-
theatre supper.  Mr. Fox-Brenton has been acting in theatre, film and television in England, Canada and the United States.  He
is the founder of the California Shakespearean Festival and the Globe of America on the Queen Mary.  Ms. Tikijian is a Valley
artist whose work has been widely exhibited.


Saturday, March 29, 2008
Saroyan Bicycle Ride
Begins at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies at Riverview Ranch
11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno, California
11:00 AM
The Centennial bike ride will take you along the Eaton trail from Riverview Ranch to Woodward Park.  Following lunch at the
park, riders then return to the Ranch.  During the ride, readings from the works of William Saroyan will be led by John
Kallenberg, Chairman of the William Saroyan Society.  Registration for the bike ride is through the Parties for the Parkway at
(559) 248-8480.


Monday, March 31, 2008
Theatrical Reading
2nd Space and The Good Company Players
928 E. Olive, Fresno, California
8 PM
Enjoy a reading of excerpts of William Saroyan’s wonderfully poignant and humorous Sons Come and Go, But Mothers Hang
in Forever
.  The reading is organized by New York Broadway actress Jacqueline Antaramian, an alumna of the California
State University, Fresno, Theatre Department. Distinguished readers include Jacqueline Antaramian, Edward EmanuEl, Jim
Tuck, Dan Farmer, and Tom and Aletha Lang among others. There is a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door to benefit
the Saroyan Centennial Celebration. For more information, contact the William Saroyan
Centennial Office at (559) 243-5880.
This event was originally scheduled for May 12, 2008.

Monday, March 25 through May 18, 2008
Art Installation—Carol Tikijian:  Why Abstract?  Reflections on Saroyan
Fresno Art Museum
2233 N. First Street, Fresno, California
Tues. through Sun., 11:00 to 5 PM
Thursday 11:00 to 8 PM
Free Admission to Museum Members
Admission for Nonmembers:  General $4.00 and Students/Seniors $2.00
Tikijian’s art installation will feature a large circle constructed of black and white dots on which are imposed objects
representing important elements of Saroyan’s life.  The concept of the exhibition is based on a book, Why Abstract?, authored
by modernist Hilaire Hiler, a painter and costume and set designer, and writer, who was born ten years earlier than William
Saroyan.  For Hiler’s book, Saroyan wrote the introduction.  The two became friends, sharing common life views.  For more
information contact the museum at (559) 441-4221, or visit their website at www.fresnoartmuseum.org.


March 22 through June 1, 2008
Theatrical Performance:  The Time of Your Life
Pacific Resident Theatre
703 Venice Blvd., Venice, California
8 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
3 PM on Sundays
Southern California's most honored resident theatre company stages William Saroyan's
masterpiece, The Time of Your Life.   A not-to-be-missed production!  For tickets and group sales, call (310) 822-8392.  
www.PacificResidentTheatre.com.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008
"Come On-a My House": Open House
Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School
108 N. Villa, Clovis, California
5:30 PM Light Dinner at $5.00 per plate
6:30 PM Open House with Blessing
Reservations required for the dinner only
Open House is Free to the Public
The Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School invites you to see the new school site and classrooms.  A light dinner will be
served along with a school Blessing and entertainment.  Dzovig Kutumian will sing "Come On-a My House" in honor of
William Saroyan.  For more information call (559) 323-1955.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Reader’s Theatre
Auberry Library
33049 Auberry Road
Auberry, California
6:30 PM
Actors from the Woodward Shakespeare Festival will perform a reader's theater production of a Saroyan work.  A group
discussion will follow the reader's theater.  For more information contact the library at (559) 855-8523.


Beginning, Thursday, April 3, 2008 (for the month of April only)
Gallery Exhibit
Corridor 2122
2122 Mono Street, Fresno, California
Art Hop (April 3rd):  5 PM-8 PM
Hours:  Thurs., Sat., Sun, 12 PM-4 PM
William Saroyan was a familiar sight riding through Fresno on his bicycle.  This invitational exhibition will showcase the
bicycle as allegory for William Saroyan’s impact in the Fresno Community.  Why not take a bike ride down to Corridor 2122
to experience this exhibit.


Thursday, April 3, 2008
“Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno” with Fresno historian William Secrest
Gillis Library
629 W. Dakota
Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Fresno historian William Secrest, Jr. will present a multi-media program entitled, “Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno”.  For
more information contact the library at (559) 225-0140.


Thursday, April 3, 2008
Saroyan Film: The Time of Your Life
Fig Garden Regional Library
3071 W. Bullard
Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Join the library for a film showing of The Time of Your Life that was written in 1935 and was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize
for best screenplay.  For more information contact the library at (559) 438-4071.


Saturday, April 5, 2008
International Symposium “William Saroyan at 100”
Armenian Studies Program, California State University
Conference Location:  Fresno State, University Business Center, Room 191
10 AM-3 PM
Free Admission
Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian is heading the Saroyan Writer’s Conference, sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program
at the California State University, Fresno.  The Armenian Studies Program was established in 1977 and the Center for
Armenian Studies was founded in 1991. Under the direction of Dr. Dikran Koumyjian, the Center provides an opportunity for
students and faculty to interact.  For more information contact the Armenian Studies Office at (559) 278-2669.


Thursday: April 10 and 24, 2008
Book Discussion: Essential Saroyan
Reedley Library
1027 ‘E’ Street
Reedley, California
6 PM
Free to the Public
Librarian Ernst Vitovec will lead an in-depth discussion over four evenings of the book, Essential Saroyan, a compendium of
excerpts from Saroyan’s fiction and nonfiction works along with selected short stories and plays.  Register for this program
at the Reedley Library by February 15, 2008 and receive a free copy of this book.  For more information contact the library at
(559) 638-2818.


Monday, April 10, 2008
“Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno” with Fresno historian William Secrest
Sanger Library
1812 7th Street
Sanger, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Fresno historian William Secrest, Jr. will present a multi-media program entitled, “Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno”.  For
more information contact the library at (559) 875-2435.


Thursday, April 10, 2008
Saroyan Film: The Time of Your Life
Clovis Regional Library
1155 Fifth Street
Clovis, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Join the library for a film showing of The Time of Your Life that was written in 1935 and was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize
for best screenplay.  For more information contact the library at (559) 299-9531.



Tuesday, April 14, 2008
Film Discussion of the Saroyan Years
Woodward Park Library
944 E. Perrin
Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Film historian, Paul Kaser will discuss the Saroyan years in Hollywood, his works which were made into movies, and his
relationship with famous stars and film studios.  Film clips will be shown.  For more information contact the library at (559)
433-3135.


Thursday, April 17, 2008
Armenian Folk Story
Cedar-Clinton Library
4150 E. Clinton, Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Celebrate traditional Armenian tales with storyteller Terrance McArthur and the Armenian fable Three Apples Fell From
Heaven.  For more information contact the library at (559) 442-1770
.

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Saroyan Town Walk
Start walk:  Saroyan Theater in Downtown Fresno at Inyo and M Streets
9:30 AM
The Saroyan Town Walk will take you on a tour of the area in downtown Fresno in which William Saroyan lived during his
early years and will present information on his early life and times.  A tour of the lobby of the Saroyan Theater and of the
sanctuary of Holy Trinity Apostolic Church will be included.  For more information, see www.williamsaroyansociety.org.


Monday, April 21, 2008
Armenian Mania:  Stories for the Kids
Leo Politi Library
5771 N. First, Fresno, California
3:30 PM
Free to the Public
Celebrate William Saroyan’s Armenian heritage with stories and fun for preschool and school-age children.  For more
information contact the library at (559) 431-6450.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Book Discussion: Essential Saroyan
Woodward Park Library
944 E. Perrin
Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Barlow Der Mugrdechian, California State University, Fresno, faculty member in the Armenian Studies Program, will lead a
discussion on the book, Essential Saroyan, a compendium of excerpts from Saroyan’s fiction and nonfiction works along
with selected short stories and plays.  Register for this program at the Woodward Park Regional Library by April 1, 2008 and
receive a free copy of this book.  For more information contact the library at (559) 433-3135.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Saroyan, Steinbeck, Cheever:  An Exploration of Family Literary Traditions
CSU Fresno Student Satellite Union
2485 E. San Ramon, Fresno
7 PM
Free to the Public
The Fresno County Library and the Henry Madden Library invite you to a panel discussion featuring authors Aram Saroyan,
Thomas Steinbeck, and Susan Cheever moderated by Steve Yarbrough.  These authors are children of Pulitzer Prize winning
authors (William Saroyan, John Steineck, and John Cheever).  Learn what it is like being the child of a celebrated author and
how their fathers have inspired their writing.  A book signing and refreshments will follow the program.  Arrive early as seats
are limited for this free program.


Thursday, April 24, 2008
Book Club Discussion
Kingsburg Library
1399 Draper, Kingsburg, California
6:30 PM
Free to the Public
Join the Kingsburg Library Book Club in discussion of William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy led by Faythe Arredondo.  For
more information contact the library at (559) 897-3710.







Friday, April 25, 2008
Special Guest Appearance by Mickey Rooney at Screening of the
The Human Comedy
Fresno County Library and Friends of the Library
Tower Theatre
7 PM and After show Reception
Reservations Required
$20 Screening and Talk About the Movie by Mickey Rooney
$50 Screening, Talk About the Movie, and After-show Reception with Mickey Rooney
Take great pleasure in viewing Saroyan’s 1943 film version of The Human Comedy, starring Mickey Rooney.   Mickey
Rooney plays Homer Macauley, a young telegraph worker who remains in a small town looking after his widowed mother and
younger brother. Homer's older brother is fighting the war in Europe.  The screening will have a special guest appearance by
the star of the movie, Mr. Mickey Rooney, who will discuss the making the movie.  Mr. Rooney will later mingle with guests
during the after-show reception in his honor.  For more information, contact Ms. Jeanne Johnson, Adult Services Manager,
Fresno County Library, (559) 488-3856.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Book Discussion: Essential Saroyan
Sunnyside Library
5566 E. Kings Canyon
Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Barlow Der Mugrdechian, California State University, Fresno, faculty member in the Armenian Studies Program, will lead a
discussion on the book, Essential Saroyan, a compendium of excerpts from Saroyan’s fiction and nonfiction works along
with selected short stories and plays.  Register for this program at the Sunnyside Library by April 1, 2008 and received a free
copy of this book.  For more information contact the library at (559) 255-6594.


Saturday, May 3, 2008
Concert of Choral Music by Hovhaness, Stravinsky, and Brahms
Fresno Community Chorus
California State University, Fresno
Concert Hall
7:30 PM
General Admission $15.00; Students $8.00
Dedicated to the memory of William Saroyan, as part of the 2008 International Saroyan Festival, celebrating the centennial of
his birth, the Fresno Community chorus will perform choral music by Hovhaness, Stravinsky, and Brahms. For more
information, contact the California State University, Fresno at (559) 278-2654.


Saturday, May 3, 2008
Richard Hagopian and Grandsons—In Concert!
Fresno Art Museum
2233 N. First Street, Fresno, California
2 PM
General Museum Hours 11:00 AM to 5 PM
Free Admission to Museum Members
Admission for Nonmembers:  General $4.00 and Students/Seniors $2.00
Sponsored by the Armenian Museum and the Fresno Art Museum, Richard Hagopian and his Hagopian Ensemble are well-
known world music and traditional Armenian musicians.  Richard Hagopian has been a musician since childhood.  He started
playing the traditional Armenian instrument, the oud, at the age of twelve.  Now Hagopian is sharing this rich tradition with his
grandsons, who will share the stage with their grandfather.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Reader’s Theatre
Woodward Park Library
944 E. Perrin
Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Actors from the Woodward Shakespeare Festival will perform a reader's theater production of a Saroyan work.  A group
discussion will follow the reader's theater.  For more information contact the library at (559) 433-3135.


Sunday, May 11, 2008
St. Paul Armenian Church
Mother’s Day Luncheon
Berberian Hall
3767 N. First St., Fresno, CA
12:30 PM
Tickets Prices: TBA
A delicious Armenian luncheon to show appreciation to all mothers in the style of William Saroyan.  His thoughts and writings
about mothers will be part of the program.


Monday, May 12, 2008
Reader’s Theatre
Sanger Library
1812 7th Street
Sanger, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Actors from the Woodward Shakespeare Festival will perform a reader's theater production of a Saroyan work.  A group
discussion will follow the reader's theater.  For more information contact the library at (559) 875-2435.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Reader’s Theatre
Sunnyside Library
5566 E. Kings Canyon
Fresno, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Actors from the Woodward Shakespeare Festival will perform a reader's theater production of a Saroyan work.  A group
discussion will follow the reader's theater.  For more information contact the library at (559) 255-6594.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Saroyan's Driver: Adventures with William Saroyan
Woodward Park Regional Library-River Room
7 PM
Free to the Public
Reminisce with Author and Poet Brenda Najimian Magarity as she speaks of the times she drove Mr. Saroyan around Fresno
in the 1970s.  Ms. Najimian Magarity currently is working on her memoir:  Driving Saroyan.  The Fresno County Public
Library is a co-sponsor of this event. This event is sponsored by the William Saroyan Society. Call (559) 221-1441 for more
information.





Thursday, May 15, 2008
Saroyan Film:
The Human Comedy
Clovis Regional Library
1155 Fifth Street
Clovis, California
7 PM
Free to the Public
Join the Library for a film showing of The Human Comedy.  This 1943 film, starring Mickey Rooney, tells the story of a
young telegraph worker who looks after his widowed mother and siblings while his brother is off fighting the War.  For more
information contact the library at (559) 299-9531.


Saturday, May 17, 2008
“Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno” with Fresno historian William Secrest
Bear Mountain Library
30733 E. Kings Canyon
Squaw Valley, California
Potluck Dinner 6:00 PM
Program 6:45 PM
Free to the Public
Fresno historian William Secrest, Jr. will present a multi-media program entitled, “Saroyan: The Man and His Fresno”.  For
more information contact the library at (559) 332-2528.


Thursday, May 22, 2008
Richard Hagopian Assemble Salutes Saroyan
Vineyard Farmer’s Market
Northwest Corner of Shaw and Blackstone, Fresno, California
7 PM
Admission $5.00
Celebrate William Saroyan under Richard Erganian’s beautiful Vineyard Farmer’s Market with music and dance.  Under the
evening stars, traditional Armenian music will be provided by the Richard Hagopian Ensemble.  Food and drink will be made
available. This evening is sponsored by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and the Armenian Museum.  
For more information, please contact (559) 243-5880.


Monday, May 26, 2008
Memorial Day Service
Ararat Cemetery
1925 W. Belmont, Fresno, California
10 AM
Free to the Public
First Armenian Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, and
St. Paul Armenian Church will honor William Saroyan with a Memorial Day Service at the Ararat Cemetery.  All family
members and friends will be remembered on this day.  For more information, contact Larry Balakian at (559) 222-8323
.

Saturday, July 5, 2008
Steppenwolf Theatre Company Saroyan Theatrical Reading
California State University Summer Arts
Time TBA
Admission TBA
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is known for their first rate productions.  The company will salute Saroyan with a theatrical
reading during California State University’s acclaimed Summer Arts program.  For more information, contact Summer Arts at
(559) 241-6090.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008, to September 26, 2008
Art Installation at Art Space Gallery
Fresno City College
1101 E. University Ave., Fresno, California
Art Hop:  September 4, 2008
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday 10 AM-5 PM, Wednesday-Thursday 10 AM-8 PM,
Friday 10 AM – 2 PM
The art exhibition at the Art Space Gallery, “William Saroyan, Lines, Lines, Lines,” includes lines from artwork, lines from
essays and lines from dramatic works all related to William Saroyan.  For more information, please contact (559) 442-4600,
ext. 8909.


Thursday, August 28, 2008
Saroyan Birthday Celebration!
William Saroyan Theatre at the Fresno Convention Center
700 ‘M’ Street. Fresno, California
7 PM
Reservations $50.00 per person
Plans are in progress for the City of Fresno, Armenian Museum, and the Centennial Committee to throw a BIG BASH in
tribute to William Saroyan’s 100th birthday anniversary—music, dancing, stories, and, of course, food!  For Reservations,
contact the Armenian Museum at (559) 243-5880.


Thursday, August 28, 2008 (Tenative)
Respite by the River, A Reading of Saroyan’s Work
San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust
Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies (River Center)
11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno
6 PM Historic House Tour, Bring your Own Picnic, Live Dinner Music
7 PM  Reading from Writings by Saroyan
8 PM  Dessert, Historic House Tour and Book Sales
Soak in the renewal that only nature can bring, by relaxing at a Respite by the River.  Bring your own picnic and listen to live
music from 6 to 7 pm.  Also available from 6 to 7pm are the tours of the River Center, a restored historic home built in the
1890s.  Saroyan mentions riding his bike to sit under a fig tree at “Riverview Ranch” in his book, The Human Comedy.  At
7pm, hear stories of life in California’s Central Valley written by Saroyan and as read by entertaining readers.  The reading
finishes by 8pm, when you can enjoy desserts and more time in the River Center.  Respite by the River takes place once a
month, May through October, at the River Center, on Old Friant Road, just three miles north of Woodward Park.  The month
of August is dedicated to the Saroyan Centennial and our beloved Central Valley writer, William Saroyan.  For more
information, contact (559) 433-3190, #3.


Friday, August 29, 2008
Saroyan’s Birthday Party at Saroyan School
William Saroyan School
5850 West Escalon Ave., Fresno
1:00 PM
Sponsored by the William Saroyan Society, elementary students at the Saroyan School will be celebrating the birth of award-
winning author and playwright, William Saroyan.  As part of the Central Unified School District, the Saroyan School was
named in his honor in August 1994.  It is the third largest school district in Fresno County serving over 14,000 students.  
Birthday cake for all the students and a salute to Saroyan—what could be better!


October 11-December 10, 2008
Art Installation—Carol Tikijian:  
Why Abstract?  Reflections on Saroyan
Merced Multicultural Arts Center
645 West Main Street, Merced, California
Reception:  October 17 (Friday), 2008, from 5 PM to 7 PM
Monday through Friday, 10 AM-4 PM
Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM
Free Admission
Carol Tikijian presents her art installation Why Abstract? Reflections on Saroyan as a tribute to the writer and his work.  
Tikijian’s art installation will feature a large circle constructed of black and white dots on which are imposed objects
representing important elements of Saroyan’s life.  For more information contact the Merced Arts Council at (209) 388-1090.


Friday, September 5, 2008
Saroyan Centennial Celebration Concert
Braun Music Center
Stanford Campus
557 Escondido Mall, Palo Alto, California
5 PM-6:30 PM
Free Admission
William Saroyan is best known for his literary prowess, but he was also an accomplished lyricist, and collaborated on a
number of musicals.  Please join us for an evening in celebration of Saroyan's musical talents.  The highlight of the program
will be a recently rediscovered and never before performed collaboration between William Saroyan and Allan Hovhanes titled
Girgaki Picnic
.

Friday, September 5, 2008
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing Award Ceremony
Green Library
Stanford Campus
557 Escondido Mall, Palo Alto, California
2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Admission Free
Join us as we award the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.  This award, given by Stanford University
Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction.  
The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and
stylistic innovation.  In recognition of that originality, the ceremony will take place among an exhibit of Saroyan's artwork,
and we'll also present two new publications from Heyday Books that celebrate Saroyan's literary legacy: David Kherdian's
Forgotten Bread, and an expanded version of The Essential Saroyan.


Saturday, September 6, 2008
Free Prostate Screening
California Cancer Center
7257 N. Fresno, Fresno CA  93720
9am-12pm.
Free to the Public
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of William Saroyan’s battle against prostate cancer, the
physicians at California Cancer Center and Urology Associates of Central California have joined the William Saroyan
Centennial Celebration and will offer free prostate screenings (PSA and DRE) and prostate cancer education for the
community at California Cancer Center on Sept 6, 2008. For more information contact, Jennifer Tookoian, Business
Development & Marketing, California Cancer Center and CyberKnife, Community Regional Medical Center, 2823 Fresno
Street, Fresno, CA 93721, (559) 459 2649 office, (559) 708 0609 mobile (559) 459 6231 fax.


Sunday, September 7, 2008
One-Man Performance with Todd Wronski
Woodward Park Library
944 E. Perrin
Fresno, California
2 PM
Free to the Public
Actor, director, drama professor, and playwright Todd Wronski will perform a one-man show based on the life of William
Saroyan, entitled
In My Case An Exception Should be Made:  An Audience With William Saroyan.  Through the 90 minute
“audience” with Saroyan, we learn of his birth, his experiences in the Fred Finch orphanage and his meteoric rise to the top of
the worlds of literature, film and theatre.  Mr. Wronski’s professional credits include work with the Guthrie Theater, the
Dallas Theater Center, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Florida's Annie Russell Theatre, New York's Cider Mill Playhouse and
performances at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe.  For more information contact the library at (559) 433-3135.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008
One-Man Performance with Todd Wronski
Sunnyside Library
5566 E. Kings Canyon
Fresno, CA 9372
7 PM
Free to the Public
Actor and drama professor, Todd Wronski will perform a one-man show, In My Case An Exception Should be Made:  An
Audience With William Saroyan
.  The show is based on the life of William Saroyan.  For more information contact the library
at (559) 255-6594.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Reader’s Theatre
Armenian Home of California
6720 E. Kings Canyon
Fresno, California
6:30 PM
Free to the Public
Actors from the Woodward Shakespeare Festival will perform a reader's theater production of a Saroyan work.  A group
discussion will follow the reader's theater.  For more information contact the library at (559) 251-8414.


Thursday, September 11, 2008
Todd Wronski One-Man Performance:  In My Case An Exception Should be Made:  An Audience With William
Saroyan.
Triple X Fresno Chapter
630 S. Argyle, Fresno, California
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Show
Admission for Dinner and Show is $30
Enjoy an Armenian dinner and a Saroyan dramatic tribute with actor and drama professor, Todd Wronski, who will perform
his one-man show, In My Case An Exception Should be Made:  An Audience With William Saroyan.  The show is based on
the life of William Saroyan.  For more information contact Varoujan Der Simonian at (559) 224-1000.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Book Discussion: Essential Saroyan
Auberry Library
33049 Auberry Road
Auberry, California
6:30 PM
Free to the Public
Chris Henson, CSUF faculty member in the English Dept., will lead a discussion on the book, Essential Saroyan, a
compendium of excerpts from Saroyan’s fiction and nonfiction works along with selected short stories and plays.  Register
for this program at the Auberry Library by September 1, 2008 and received a free copy of this book.  For more information
contact the library at (559) 855-8523
.

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Reader’s Theatre
Bear Mountain Library
30733 E. Kings Canyon
Squaw Valley, CA 93675
Potluck Dinner 6:00 PM
Program 6:45 PM
Free to the Public
Actors from the Woodward Shakespeare Festival will perform a reader's theater production of a Saroyan work.  A group
discussion will follow the reader's theater.  For more information contact the library at (559) 332-2528.


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26-28, 2008
Grand Armenian Festival:  Salute to Saroyan!
Armenian Home of California
6720 E. Kings Canyon
Fresno, California
Friday:  5 PM-Midnight
Saturday:  10 AM-Midnight
Sunday:  Noon-5 PM
Join the Armenian Cultural Foundation at the Armenian Home of California for their annual festival celebrating Saroyan’s
culture with traditional Armenian food and dance.  Enjoy food, songs, and dance while experiencing the harvesting of the
grapes and preparing delicious
purpoor.  For more information, contact the Armenian Cultural Foundation at (559) 233-2315.

Friday, October 3-11, 2008 (dark on October 6)
Theatrical Performance:  Slaughter of the Innocents
California State University, Fresno, Theatre Arts Department
John Wright Theatre Speech Arts Building (Fresno State)
All Performances 8 PM (except Sunday, October 5)
October 5 at 2PM
Tickets:  $15 General; $13 Fresno State Faculty/Staff, Seniors, Members of the Alumni Association* and Students
at other schools*; $8 Fresno State Students* and
(discount for groups of 20 or more/48 hour advance purchase required) *ID REQUIRED
William Saroyan’s powerful drama, Slaughter of the Innocents, will be presented by the Fresno State University Theatre Arts
Department.  The play involves a government in an unnamed country, set some time in the future, that has gone crazy!  It has
suspended all civil rights and is now holding witch hunt trials in every conceivable place including Archie’s Bar, where the
play is set.  Archie becomes a willing accomplice to murder until he can’t stand it any more and rebels even though he knows
his life is now in jeopardy.  For more information contact the University Theatre Box Office at (559) 278-2216, or you can
purchase tickets on-line www.csufresno.edu/Theatre
.

Saturday, October 11, 2008
Performance Portraying William Saroyan by David Fox-Brenton
Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church
3673 N. First, Fresno, California
Social Hall
6 PM Mezza
6:45 PM Shish Kabob Dinner
8 PM Performance
Reservations $40
Enjoy a delicious dinner and one-man show with David Fox-Brenton, in a Saroyan tribute: Performance Portraying William
Saroyan.  Mr. Fox-Brenton has been acting in theatre, film and television in England, Canada and the United States.  The
dinner and show is a fundraising event for the Armenian Home of California (in Fresno) and the Centennial.  For reservations
and more information contact the Church office at (559) 229-2915.

Saturday, October 18, 2008 (Originally scheduled April 19, 2008)
Saroyan Musical Celebration
Tower Theatre
815 E. Olive Av., Fresno
7 PM
Tickets Prices TBA
Join the Academy of Classical Music and Art in celebrating the genius of writer, William Saroyan, with a musical
extravaganza, featuring virtuoso duo pianists Gianeh and Ovanes Arakelyan, violinist Patrick Contreras, and other musical
friends.  Along with this tribute, enjoy video interviews of "Saroyan Memories" from family and friends of this legendary
writer.  For more information, contact the Academy at (559) 230-2262 or
(559) 577-8495.


Tuesday, November 19, 2008
Public Lecture
San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series
William Saroyan Theatre
Downtown Fresno, Inyo and M Streets
10:30 AM
Tickets $20.00
The San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series will feature a panel presentation on the life and writings of William Saroyan.  
Town Hall panelists will include Bruce Janigian, Saroyan’s attorney; Richard Rodriguez, journalist and author; Annette Keogh,
Curator William Saroyan Collection at Stanford University and Jon Whitmore, President of Texas Tech University, will
moderate these distinguished panelists for a lively discussion.  For more information about the speakers and tickets, please
contact (559) 444-2180 or www.valleytownhall.com.