William Saroyan Monument 1988 - Varaz Samuelian     
William Saroyan (1908-1981) was a Fresno-born award- winning
author and playwright. The monument features a bronze relief of
Saroyan's face adorning the top half of a 30-inch-wide slab of the
darkest granite on earth, which was imported from India and is the
same material used in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
Washington, D.C. The monument faces one of the street corners
where Saroyan is said to have sold newspapers as a boy.