Photos by Lusi Sargsyan
One could see the writer’s personal items, read his books, draw a picture of Saroyan, listen to the music he loved and even taste the dishes that Saroyan loved in separate pavilions. Visitors were touring the pavilions to the sounds of soft jazz of the 1930s, and jazz was one of the writer’s favorite musical genres.
“The goal of the event is to present the life and career of William Saroyan and show him from different perspectives. We also want to present the talents that people don’t know much about. For instance, Saroyan was a good painter, yet few people knew about that. We are also showcasing the paintings by Saroyan,” one of the event organizers, Vanik Chaloyan stated in an interview with Eritasard.am and added: “We want people to always remember William Saroyan the writer and the creator for his works.”
Let us mention that the event was held at the initiative of the Intellectual Renaissance Foundation, which is planning on opening the home-museum of the writer in Fresno next year. “The events devoted to Saroyan will be ongoing. We will try to do everything we can to make sure we open the home-museum on Saroyan’s birthday next year,” Mary Melkonyan, one of the event organizers, stated.
The event had gathered people of all ages. Saroyan’s works had brought everyone together. For instance, 8-year-old Samvel had painted a picture of Saroyan’s home based on his notions. Venera had created a painting portraying one of the episodes in Saroyan’s works where ants carry a crushed plane.
There was also a Saroyan Trivia during which the attendees answered questions related to the writer’s life and career. The best participants received awards.
Gallery: Celebration of William Saroyan's 108th birth anniversary at Tumanyan Park