William Saroyan’s “My Name is Aram” exhibit to be held in Los Angeles

In celebration of 110th anniversary of world-renowned American Armenian writer William Saroyan’s birth, the Central Library of Los Angeles presents the exhibit “My Name is Aram,” on view through October 7, and a performance of his unpublished works to be held on Saturday. Both are free and open to the public, Asbarez reported.

The exhibit features 45 images as well as quotes highlighting the life of Saroyan, a Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning author, playwright, storyteller, maverick and humanist, said Ani Boyadjian, exhibit curator and manager of the Los Angeles Public Library’s Research and Special Collections. The exhibit features photographs of Saroyan, taken primarily during two visits to Armenia in 1976 and 1978.

The exhibition bookends the performance of “William Saroyan: The Unpublished Plays in Performance,” created expressly for library’s L.A. Made series by award-winning playwright Aram Kouyoumdjian.  “We are happy to introduce a new generation to William Saroyan, who in the past was considered one of the greats like Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald,” said Boyadjian.

The quotes highlighted in the exhibit were taken from published works from Saroyan’s six decades as a master of dialogue and the written word. Some of his most acclaimed works center on issues of his Armenian ethnicity and diasporan identity, which raise profound questions about humanity’s universal pain and the paradox of exile.


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