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US population = pi x 100 million


Yesterday the population of the United States hit 314,159,265, or pi (3.14159265) times 100 million. The Census Bureau marked this milestone with a very charming press release.

You can use SearchWorks to find material from the Census Bureau here in Green Library.

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2012 Saroyan Prize for Writing

William Saroyan

The winners and finalists of the 2012 Saroyan Prize for Writing have been announced: Elisabeth Tova Bailey's The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating won in the non-fiction category, and Daniel Orozco's Orientation and Other Stories won for fiction. The finalists for non-fiction are Arion Golmakani's Solacers and John Jeremiah Sullivan's Pulphead; and for fiction, Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station and Miroslav Penkov's East of the West: A Country in Stories.

From the Stanford News story:

The major literary award, sponsored by Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, encourages new or emerging writers in fiction and non-fiction. The award honors the life and legacy of the American writer and playwright William Saroyan.


William Saroyan was the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Time of Your Life (1939-40), the novel The Human Comedy (1943) and many volumes of short stories, essays and memoirs. Born in Fresno in 1908 to Armenian parents, Saroyan was a high school dropout and largely self-educated. He is best known for his short stories about the experiences of immigrant families and children in California. He died in 1981.

Stanford University Libraries houses the William Saroyan Collection, which includes manuscripts, personal journals, correspondence, drawings and other material.

San Francisco's new poet laureate is Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía

To kick off this year's San Francisco International Poetry Festival, Mayor Ed Lee announced yesterday that the city has a new poet laureate: Alejandro Murguía. Murguía, professor of Latino/Latina Studies at San Francisco State University, is the city's sixth poet laureate.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles by Alejandro Murguía available here in Green Library.

The San Francisco Public Library has on its site a chronology of the city's poets laureate.

Longlist for 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced

Man Booker Prizes logo

The 12 titles on the longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction—"the world's most important literary award," according to its website—have just been announced.

From the Man Booker Prize website:

What is eligible for the prize?

Any full-length novel, written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published in the United Kingdom for the first time in the year of the prize. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and must not be self-published.

The shortlist of six titles will be announced on Tuesday, 11 September; the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2012 will be announced on Tuesday, 16 October 2012.

The Man Booker Prize site includes an interactive timeline of the history of the prize.

Take a look at SearchWorks to see titles from the longlist available here in Green Library.

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