California author William Saroyan's life and work is commemorated in SFGate article on the centennial (or thereabouts) of his birth, August 31, 1908. Saroyan's best known works include The Time of Your Life and The Human Comedy.
Apparently, there was a celebration last night (9/3) in San Francisco, where he lived for many years. But if you missed that, Fresno, Saroyan's birthplace, has been having a series of festivities that run through to the end of 2008. Click here for more information.