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|August 16, 2008|
More than a Birthday Party
Bill Saroyan famously declined to accept a Pulitzer prize for The Time of Your Life (1939). Decades later, though, he set the wheels in motion to establish a new literary prize to encourage emerging writers. Circuitously, that prize came to be initiated and administered by the Stanford Libraries. This year, the centennial of Saroyan’s birth, the award of the prizes (one each for fiction and non-fiction) will be part of a series of events, both at Stanford and elsewhere. See below for details on our activities. The target date, 5 September, is a bit odd, in that it neither falls on his actual birthday (the Labor Day holiday got in the way) nor jibes with the arrival of students for the Fall Quarter. Let me suggest this creates a fine opportunity for the community to take advantage of these events. One of them, the musical performance, will involve a world premiere – truly a unique opportunity. Earlier in the day, the remarks of a couple of stalwart Bay Area literary figures should be well worth hearing. There should be plenty of room, both in Green Library and in Kresge Auditorium, so I hope to see many of you on 5 September.
In celebration of a distinctive and distinctively American voice,
This month marks the 100th anniversary of William Saroyan’s birth. As the home of Saroyan's papers and extensive collections of Saroyan material (including manuscripts, personal journals, correspondence, business records, fan mail, books, drawings, family papers, and memorabilia), the Stanford University Libraries are hosting a series of events in honor of this anniversary. We’ll have food and drink for all as we award the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and host a concert of Saroyan’s music settings on Friday, September 5. Following is a schedule of events, and we hope to see you there!
3:00 to 4:30pm
5:30 to 6:30pm
The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a competition for newly-published books. The prize is intended to encourage new or emerging writers, rather than to recognize established literary figures. The prize commemorates the life, legacy and intention of William Saroyan – author, artist, dramatist, and composer.
2008 Fiction Finalists
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Published by W. W. Norton
Dead Boys by Richard Lange
Published by Little Brown and Company
The Understory by Pamela Erens
Published by Ironweed Pr Inc
Return of the Condor by John Moir
Chronicle of the California condor captive-breeding program and scientists' efforts to save the species from extinction.
Dandelion Through the Crack by Kiyo Sato
Memoir of a survivor of the internment of Japanese Californians during the second world war.
Ticket to Exile: A Memoir by Adam David Miller
Digital Library Course Debuts on Campus
Currently on ExhibitExperiments in Navigation: The Art of Charles Hobson, April 30-August 31 in Green Library's Munger Rotunda and Peterson Gallery Click here for details.
Now on display near the south entrance to Green Library:
Upcoming Events & Exhibitions
-Open to the public
American Primers and Readers, featuring the words and collection of Richard L. Venezky, Green Library, September 15-December 13
Forthcoming from Stanford University Press:
"The Time of Your Life": A 100th Birthday Celebration for William Saroyan, Cubberly Auditorium, November 20, 7:30 PM Click here for details.
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