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Anniversary of Japan's agreement to surrender in World War II

Battle for Hearts and Minds poster

On August 10, 1945, a day after the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan accepted the Potsdam Conference terms of unconditional surrender, as President Truman ordered a halt to atomic bombing. The Hoover Institution's current exhibit, The Battle for Hearts and Minds: World War II Propaganda, includes many posters from the archives’ rich and extensive collection of more than 100,000 posters. The exhibit is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is free of charge. Parking on campus is free on Saturdays.

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.

Spies and Commissars: Robert Service discusses his new book

Cover of Spies and Comissars

Next Tuesday noted Russian historian and Hoover Institution fellow Robert Service will discuss his latest book: Spies and Commissars: Bolshevik Russia and the West. The talk will be held in Stauffer Auditorium in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Building at 4:00 PM. This event is open to all.

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