With commemorating William Saroyan’s birth date of August 31, 1908, his words etched on the tombstone in the Armenian Ararat Cemetery continue to resonate:
“In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it.”
My sister Dianne introduced me to William Saroyan’s short stories when we were children. Years later, I would be honored to research and write the text of “William Saroyan Places in Time,” with permission to use Saroyan’s words in a light biography of his life, illustrated by watercolorist Pat Hunter. And then, we were commissioned to create an Armenian recipe book, reprinting George Mardikian’s recipes from his work, “Dinner at Omar Khayyam’s.” Saroyan’s words weave through the beautifully illustrated book, “Breaking Bread with William Saroyan,” as he shares his life and his Armenian heritage.
The invitation to do a book signing at Fresno’s Barnes & Noble on Sunday, August 27, 2017, is a timely reminder of Fresno’s native son.
Pat and I take readers on a literary and artistic journey of California in our books, “An Artist and A Writer Travel Highway 1,” North, Central and South.” Join us for Author Talks in September.
- Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20
- Clovis Regional Library, 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28
- Info: www.fresnolibrary.org