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Below are headlines which link to brief articles about Mississippi writers. For information about books by Mississippi writers published since 1996, see Book News.

Writer News: 2013

Writer News: 2012

Writer News: 2010

Writer News: 2007

August 2007
Faulkner manuscript donated to Southeast Missouri State University (Aug. 1, 2007)
   
July 2007
   
June 2007
   
May 2007
   
April 2007
   
March 2007
   
February 2007
   
January 2007
   

Writer News: 2006

December 2006
   
November 2006
   
October 2006
   
September 2006
   
August 2006
   
July 2006
   
June 2006
   
May 2006
   
April 2006
   
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February 2006
   
January 2006
   

Writer News: 2005

December 2005
   
November 2005
   
October 2005
   
September 2005
Grishams donate $5M for rebuilding after hurricane damage (September 4, 2005)
   
August 2005
   
July 2005
   
June 2005
Admission fee to be charged at William Faulkner’s house (June 29, 2005)
Novelist, historian Shelby Foote dies at 88 (June 28, 2005)
Oprah’s Book Club to feature ‘A Summer of Faulkner’ (June 3, 2005)
   
May 2005
Hints of William Faulkner’s values revealed in author’s Bible (May 3, 2005)
William Faulkner’s Bible returned to Rowan Oak during dedication ceremony (May 1, 2005)
   
April 2005
Restored Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner, to be dedicated May 1 (April 25, 2005)
   
March 2005
12th Oxford Book Conference honors Flannery O’Connor (March 22, 2005)
Poet Ahmos Zu-Bolton dies at 69 (March 18, 2005)
   
February 2005
   
January 2005

Writer News: 2004

November 2004
Author Larry Brown dies at 53 (November 25, 2004)
   
October 2004
Poet Ann Fisher-Wirth awarded state arts commission grant (October 14, 2004)
   
September 2004
Faulkner birthday celebration Sept. 25 to feature reading of ‘Absalom, Absalom’ (September 14, 2004)
   
August 2004
   
July 2004
English professor Ann Fisher-Wirth wins national poetry award (July 6, 2004)
Rowan Oak, William Faulkner home, reopens after renovation (July 25, 2004)
Faulkner lives on through play, future movie (July 28, 2004)
Call for Papers: ‘Faulkner’s Inheritance’: 32nd Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, July 24-28, 2005. (Deadline: 15 Jan. 2005)
Call for Readers: The Marathon Reading of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, September 25, 2004, Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi
   
June 2004
Marty Stuart arrested, charged with DUI (June 24, 2004)
   
May 2004
Oxford American signs deal with Univ. of Central Arkansas (May 26, 2004)
   
April 2004
Murry C. ‘Chooky’ Falkner dies at 76 (April 26, 2004)
   
March 2004
Book Conference to honor Mildred Taylor in statewide celebration (March 18, 2004)
11th Oxford Conference for the Book dedicated to novelist Walker Percy (March 17, 2004)
Book recounts African-American artist’s pre-integration study at University of Mississippi (March 16, 2004)
Literary programs in Jackson, Delta bookend Oxford Book Conference (March 10, 2004)
Authors gather in Oxford for 11th Annual Book Conference April 1-4 (March 9, 2004)
   
February 2004
Endowment establishes nation’s first Faulkner studies dissertation fellowship (February 9, 2004)
Writer Richard Ford to read at Ole Miss Feb. 12 (February 9, 2004)
   
January 2004
Louis Dollarhide, Ole Miss English professor emeritus, dies at 85 (January 17, 2004)
Ole Miss professor Adam Gusson wins award for book on murder and blues (January 13, 2004)

Writer News: 2003

December 2003
Call for Papers: Delta Blues Symposium X: The 1950s (added Dec. 9, 2003), deadline for submissions: Jan. 5, 2004
Barry Hannah receives national short fiction award (Dec. 17, 2003)
Veteran history professor John F. Marszalek returns to MSU to head scholarship program (Dec. 15, 2003)
Call for Papers: Welty in/and America (added Dec. 24, 2003), deadline for submissions: March 1, 2004
   
November 2003
Food writer John T. Edge named ‘Top 20 Southerner’ by news magazine (Nov. 26, 2003)
   
October 2003
Eudora Welty house to become a museum (Oct. 13, 2003)
   
September 2003
Jim Henson statue unveiled at University of Maryland (Sept. 25, 2003)
David Galef reading to begin Mississippi State University Visiting Writers Series (Sept. 23, 2003)
Faulkner birthday to be celebrated Sept. 25 at Ole Miss (Sept. 20, 2003)
Call for Papers: The Mississippi Encyclopedia
Call for Papers: Faulkner in the 21st Century (Deadline: November 30, 2003)
   
August 2003
Writer, instructor James Whitehead dies at 67 (Aug. 16, 2003)
Georgia author, naturalist named Grisham Writer-in-Residence (Aug. 4, 2003)
   
July 2003
Arts Commission to support Thacker Mountain Radio (July 31, 2003)
Call for Papers: Faulkner and Material Culture, deadline for submissions: Jan. 15, 2004
   
June 2003
Faulkner Conference to focus on South’s ecology (June 28, 2003)
UM Journalism seeks nominations for journalism ‘Silver Em’ award (June 27, 2003)
University of Mississippi Library receives Eudora Welty scrapbook (June 24, 2003)
30th Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference to examine ‘Faulkner and the Ecology of the South’ (June 13, 2003)
Grisham writer-in-residence ends year with new works (June 3, 2003)
Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard announce tour, perform at Faulkner home (June 2, 2003)
   
May 2003
Faulkner’s home sets stage for country stars’ performance, tour announcement (May 30, 2003)
Latest issue of ‘Yalobusha Review’ literary journal hits newsstands (May 28, 2003)
Tallahatchie RiverFest seeks short fiction (May 27, 2003)
Jim Henson’s children repurchase the company their father founded (May 7, 2003)
   
April 2003
Film version of John Grisham’s ‘A Painted House’ to air on CBS April 27 (April 22, 2003)
Poetry, music event to raise money for Mississippi State University literary magazine (April 21, 2003)
10th Oxford Book Conference celebrates novelist, drama critic Stark Young (April 4, 2003)
   
March 2003
Tenth Oxford Conference for the Book scheduled for April 10-13 (March 31, 2003)
Stars to be on hand for opening of University of Mississippi performing arts center (March 17, 2003)
Poet Beth Ann Fennelly reads at Library of Congress, on ‘Voice of America’ (March 10, 2003)
MSU English professor named associate dean (March 7, 2003)
   
February 2003
Revived Oprah book club to focus on classics (February 27, 2003)
Retired Mississippi State University helps plan upcoming national tributes (February 25, 2003)
Key West festival honors Tennesee Williams (February 23, 2003)
Call for Papers: Faulkner in the World (added February 18, 2003), deadline for submissions: September 30, 2003
Clifton Taulbert, famed author, visits Oxford (February 18, 2003)
Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Clifton Taulbert to speak at Ole Miss Feb. 17 (February 13, 2003)
   
January 2003
Back from the brink, Oxford American to publish ‘relaunch issue’ this month (January 16, 2003)
Visiting Ole Miss professor wins National Endowment for Arts award (January 9, 2003)

Writer News: 2002

December 2002
Man accused of stealing Faulkner letters (Dec. 4, 2002)
November 2002
Ole Miss professor heads to Italy for Rockefeller program (Nov. 4, 2002)
New novel by Donna Tartt hits bookstores (Nov. 1, 2002)
October 2002
Playwright Beth Henley’s mother stabbed to death (Oct. 25, 2002)
Call for papers: Proposed edited collection on Barry Hanny (added Oct. 21, 2002)
Historian Stephen Ambrose dies at 66 (Oct. 13, 2002)
Call for papers: John Kennedy Toole (added Oct. 12, 2002)
Clarksdale to host Tennessee Williams Festival (Oct. 11, 2002)
New book tours literary Mississippi (Oct. 8, 2002)
September 2002
Integration anniversary draws many to University of Mississippi campus (Sep. 27, 2002)
Myrlie Evers-Williams to help dedicate civil rights memorial at Ole Miss Oct. 1 (Sep. 12, 2002)
Barry Hannah one of 3 to receive Distinguished Faculty Fellowships (Sep. 6, 2002)
Latest issue of Yalobusha Review literary journal hits newsstands (Sep. 3, 2002)
August 2002
New Ole Miss professor brings blues into the classroom (Aug. 29, 2002)
Award-winning poets to launch Visiting Writers Series Sept. 5 at Ole Miss (Aug. 20, 2002)
Call for papers: “Faulkner and Ideology,” The Faulkner Journal, Vol. 21-22, Fall 2005-Spring 2006 (added Aug. 17, 2002)
Call for papers: “Faulkner and the Ecology of the South,” 30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, Oxford, Mississippi, July 20-25, 2003 (added Aug. 6, 2002)
Call for papers: “Hemingway, Faulkner, and the Great American Writer: The Sound and Fury of Competition,” American Literature Association Conference, March 22-25, 2003 (added Aug. 17, 2002)
Call for papers: “Disclosing the Secret in Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography,” American Literature Association Conference, March 22-25, 2003 (added Aug. 6, 2002)
Call for papers: “Sideshow Wonders: Carnivals, Parades, Pageants, and Fairs in Eudora Welty’s Works,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, November 14-16, 2003 (added Aug. 6, 2002)
July 2002
New Grisham film finally set to begin filming in September (July 29, 2002)
Call for papers: Delta Blues Symposium IX: Defining the Delta (July 28, 2002)
Oxford American looking at move to Arkansas to stay alive (July 23, 2002)
29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, ‘Faulkner and His Contemporaries,’ starts Sunday, lasts through Friday, July 26 (July 18, 2002)
Tickets for Faulkner Conference folk opera ‘As I Lay Dying’ on sale to public (July 18, 2002)
Kate Freeman Clark’s surprise art exhibition opens Sunday, runs through September (July 18, 2002)
Faulkner home to open temporarily for conference, then close until Spring 2003 (July 15, 2002)
Mississippi State University online resource highlights state’s black authors (July 1, 2002)
June 2002
Berry Morgan, 83, dies in West Virginia (June 22, 2002)
Journalists’ need for math skills prompts prof’s new book (June 18, 2002)
Tom Franklin, Grisham writer-in-residence at Ole Miss, ends year with new novel (June 17, 2002)
John Marszaleck, Mississippi State University historian, named ‘best speaker’ by national body (June 10, 2002)
Shay Youngblood is University of Mississippi Grisham writer-in-residence for 2002-03 (June 3, 2002)
May 2002
Yazoo City remembers Willie Morris in Memorial Day weekend celebration (May 17, 2002)
Time running out for ‘Oxford American’ magazine (May 15, 2002)
Faulkner’s work, home attract C-SPAN for live May 5 broadcast (May 2, 2002)
April 2002
Mississippi State University library exhibit highlights art, writings of Laurie Parker (April 30, 2002)
Best-selling author, alumnus Greg Iles to visit Ole Miss April 30 (April 29, 2002)
Medgar Evers papers donated to state of Mississippi (April 25, 2002)
William Ferris, southern culture expert, former NEH chairman, joins University of North Carolina faculty (April 23, 2002)
PBS miniseries to show life on the frontier (April 19, 2002)
Workshop offers ‘Novel Ideas’: How to start writing, get published (April 17, 2002)
Tennessee Williams’ ‘Slapstick Tragedy’ performances set for April 18-20 (April 12, 2002)
Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference to examine ‘Faulkner and His Contemporaries’ (April 12, 2002)
University of Mississippi library to feature Tennessee Williams exhibition (April 10, 2002)
March 2002
Museum to feature Welty photographs alongside works by other artists (March 31, 2002)
Oxford Book Conference celebrates Tennessee Williams, Grisham Writers-in-Residence (March 26, 2002)
Legislature plans Welty home funds (March 25, 2002)
Saks Fellowships available to high school teachers for Faulkner Conference (March 21, 2002)
Faulkner newsletter ceases publication after 20 year run (March 20, 2002)
Lewis Nordan, John Marszalek receive Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award (March 15, 2002)
Retired journalism professor Jere Hoar to be honored with reception April 5 (March 13, 2002)
University of Southern Mississippi Libraries present online exhibit on Will D. Campbell (March 1, 2002)
February 2002
2002 Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference to examine ‘Faulkner and His Contempories’ (February 28, 2002)
Turn Faulkner reading into literary adventure (February 28, 2002)
Unique Faulkner portrait donated to University of Mississippi library (February 27, 2002)
University Press and Bookfriends to hold ‘Super Sale’ Feb. 22-24 (February 19, 2002)
Ninth annual book conference to focus on Tennessee Williams (February 14, 2002)
Book conference follows Larry Brown’s short stories to the screen (February 13, 2002)
Grisham’s Southern campaign rallies fans around independent bookstores (February 7, 2002)
C-SPAN to resume ‘American Writers’; Faulkner program to air May 5 (February 6, 2002)
Oxford American cuts back to four issues per year (February 1, 2002)
January 2002
Southern Culture Center to compile encylopedia of Mississippi (January 28, 2002)
Magnolia Independent Film Festival scheduled for February 7-9, 2002 (January 24, 2002)
Progress continues toward erected civil rights monument on the University of Mississippi campus (January 11, 2002)
Stephen Ambrose faces more plagiarism questions (January 10, 2002)
Historian Ambrose sorry for copying phrases (January 6, 2002)

Writer News: 2001

December 2001
Jimmy Faulkner, nephew of William, dies at 78 (December 24, 2001)
CALL FOR PAPERS: Delta Blues Symposium VIII: The Sacred and the Secular (Fall 2001)
William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak house to close six months for renovations; grounds to remain open (December 5, 2001)
November 2001
Mississippi writers association announces 14th annual ‘Let’s Write’ Literary Contest (November 14, 2001)
October 2001
Germantown Arts Alliance honors Charles Reagan Wilson, director of Southern Culture Center at the University of Mississippi (October 31, 2001)
CALL FOR PAPERS: Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference 2002, “Faulkner and His Contemporaries” (Fall 2001)
Eudora Weltys The Ponder Heart to air on ETV (October 3, 2001)
September 2001
C-SPAN postpones remainder of ‘American Writers’ series until Spring 2002 (September 24, 2001)
August 2001
Stephen Ambrose’s ‘Band of Brothers’ miniseries set for this fall on HBO (August 31, 2001)
William Faulkner to be featured on C-SPANs American Writers series (August 24, 2001)
July 2001
Welty manuscripts stir interest (July 30, 2001)
Eudora Welty dies at 92 (July 23, 2001)

Writer News: 2000

Writer News: 1999

Willie Morris dies (August 1999)
Cheating charges dropped against Barthelme brothers (August 1999)

Writer News: 1998

Barthelme brothers indicted for cheating at blackjack (March 1998)
Grand Ole Opry comedian Jerry Clower dies at 71 (August 25, 1998)
Author Margaret Walker Alexander dies (November 30, 1998)
Uncollected story by Eudora Welty published (December 1998)

Writer News: 1997

Kermit has new home in Leland (March 1997)
First black Ole Miss graduate donates papers to library (March 24, 1997)
State Of the Heart Journalism (May 16, 1997)
Ban of black man's memoir a 'tragedy' (May 17, 1997)
'Lost' Tennessee Williams play to be staged in U.K. (June 10, 1997)
Larry Brown is first two-time winner of Southern Book Award for fiction (September 3, 1997)
William Faulkner's 100th birthday celebrated in Oxford, around the world (September 25, 1997)
William Ferris unanimously confirmed to head NEH (November 1997)

Writer News: 1996

Barry Hannah nominated for Pulitzer Prize (November 4, 1996)
'Ghosts of Mississippi' recalls slain Civil Rights activist (December 1996)


March 2010
Novelist Barry Hannah dies at age 67 (March 2, 2010)
   
February 2010
   
January 2010
   

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