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A Mississippi Writer Timeline

A Compendium of Births, Deaths, Publications, Awards, and Other Events in Mississippi’s Literary History

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1990

[Books] Publications:
  • How I Wrote Jubilee and Other Essays on Life and Literature, nonfiction by Margaret Walker Alexander, edited by Maryemma Graham (Feminist Press at the City University of New York).
  • Eisenhower: Soldier and President, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • Dialect Tales, by Sherwood Bonner, edited by William Frank (NCUP).
  • The Boys Who Would Be Cubs: A Season in the Heart of Baseball’s Minor Leagues, by Joseph Bosco (Morrow).
  • Big Bad Love, stories by Larry Brown (Algonquin).
  • A Scrambling After Circumstance, by Margaret-Love Denman (Viking).
  • Novels, 1936-1940: Absalom, Absalom!, The Unvanquished, If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, The Hamlet, by William Faulkner, edited by Joseph Blotner (Library of America).
  • The Best American Short Stories 1990, edited by Richard Ford (Houghton-Miflin).
  • Wildlife, a novel by Richard Ford (Little, Brown).
  • I Cannot Get You Close Enough: Three Novellas, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • Fear Familiar, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • The Apple-Green Triumph and Other Stories, by Martha Lacy Hall (Louisiana State University Press).
  • Real Murders, by Charlaine Harris (Walker).
  • Faulkner's Mississippi, nonfiction by Willie Morris (Oxmoor House).
  • The Gold Rush Widows of Little Falls , by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith (Minnesota Historical Society Press).
  • Contemporary Southern Short Fiction: A Sampler, edited by George P. Garrett and Paul Ruffin (Texas Review Press)
  • The Light as They Found It, by James Seay (Morrow).
  • Toward a Mature Faith: Does Biblical Inerrancy Make Sense?, by Clayton Sullivan (SBC Today).
  • Mississippi Bridge, by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial).
  • The Road to Memphis, by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial).
  • Five O'Clock Angel: Letters of Tennessee Williams to Maria St. Just, 1948-1982, by Tennessee Williams (Knopf).
  • Nightwatcher, a novel by Charles Wilson (Carroll & Graf).
  • Zig Ziglar's Favorite Quotations, by Zig Ziglar.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Crimes of the Heart produced in Boston at the Nickerson Theater.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play The Lucky Spot produced at Chicago's Center Theater.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Abundance produced in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club.

[Award] Steve Barthelme receives a Hemingway Short Story Award.

[Death] May 10: Walker Percy dies of cancer in Covington, Louisiana.

[Death] May 16: Jim Henson dies of pneumonia in New York City.


1991

[Books] Publications:
  • Nixon: The Ruin and Recovery of a Politician, 1973-1990, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership, nonfiction by James A. Autry (Morrow).
  • Winter: Notes from Montana, nonfiction by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • Joe, a novel by Larry Brown (Algonquin).
  • Best Wine Buys for $10 Or Less: A Guide for the Frugal Connaisseur Featuring Wines from around the World, by Barbara Ensrud (Villard).
  • M Is for Mississippi: An Irreverent Guide to the Magnolia State, humor by Jim Fraiser (Persimmon Press).
  • The Firm, fiction by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • The Jaguar’s Eye, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Never Die, a novel by Barry Hannah (Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence).
  • Abundance, a play by Beth Henley (Dramatists Play Service).
  • The Debutante Ball, a play by Beth Henley (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Adolescence and Black Poverty: Challenge for the 1990s, edited by Joyce A. Ladner and Peter B. Edelman (Center for National Policy Press).
  • Music of the Swamp, a novel by Lewis Nordan (Algonquin).
  • Signposts in a Strange Land, nonfiction by Walker Percy, edited by Patrick Samway (Farrar, Straus).
  • Looking Backward at Us,by William Raspberry (UP of Mississippi).
  • Images of Texas in the Nation, edited by Terry D. Bilhartz and Paul Ruffin (Sam Houston State University Press)
  • On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays, edited by John Stone (Simon & Schuster).
  • Selected Works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, edited by Trudier Harris (Oxford University Press).
  • If I Stop I'll Die: The Comedy and Tragedy of Richard Pryor, by John Alfred Williams and Dennis A. Williams (Thunder's Mouth).
  • Mississippi, the State, photographs by Clyde H. Smith, text by Charles Reagan Wilson (Fort Church Publishers).
  • Religion, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson (Gordon and Breach).
  • Ziglar on Selling: The Ultimate Guidebook for the Complete Sales Professional, by Zig Ziglar.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Crimes of the Heart produced in Denver at the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center.

[Film] Thomas Harris' novel The Silence of the Lambs adapted for film by director Jonathan Demme (Orion).

[Award] Richard Ford receives an award from the Echoing Green Foundation.

[Award] Martha Lacy Hall receives an O. Henry Award for her short story "The Apple-Green Triumph."

[Death] March 10: Etheridge Knight dies.


1992

[Books] Publications:
  • Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • The Ninemile Wolves, nonfiction by Rick Bass (Clark City Press).
  • Providence, by Will D. Campbell (Longstreet Press).
  • Stories from Home, by Jerry Clower; foreword by Willie Morris (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Lakeshore Drive, a novel by Patrick Creevy (Tor Books).
  • Thinking of Home: William Faulkner's Letters to His Mother and Father, 1918-1925, by William Faulkner, edited by James G. Watson (Norton).
  • The Granta Book of the American Short Story, edited by Richard Ford (Granta).
  • Net of Jewels, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • The Pelican Brief, fiction by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Deadly Currents, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Fatal Ingredients, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • From the Ground Up: Poems of One Southerner's Passage to Adulthood, by Robert W. Hamblin (Time Being Books).
  • Win or Win: A Season with Ron Shumate, by Robert W. Hamblin (Southeast Missouri University Foundation).
  • A Bone to Pick, by Charlaine Harris (Walker).
  • Beth Henley: Four Plays, by Beth Henley (Heinemann/Methuen).
  • Monologues for Women, by Beth Henley (Dramaline).
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights: From Emancipation to the Present, edited by Charles D. Lowery and John F. Marszalek (Greenwood Press).
  • After All, It's Only a Game, essays by Willie Morris; art by Lynn Green Root (University Press of Mississippi).
  • My Two Oxfords, essays by Willie Morris; wood engravings by John DePol (Yellow Barn).
  • Jesus & the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church: A Fable, by Clayton Sullivan (Doubleday).
  • The Secret History, the first novel by Donna Tartt (Knopf).
  • The Last Train North, by Clifton L. Taulbert (Council Oak Books).
  • Silent Witness, a novel by Charles Wilson (Carroll & Graf).
  • Courtship After Marriage, by Zig Ziglar.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Abundance produced at the Actors Theatre in San Francisco.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Control Freaks premieres at Chicago's Center Theater, with Henley herself directing for the first time.

[Award] Lewis Nordan receives the Notable Book Award from the American Library Association and the Best Fiction Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

[News] The Oxford American, a general-interest magazine from the South with a literary focus, publishes its first issue.


1993

[Books] Publications:
  • Track of the Cat, a novel by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • The Brothers, a novel by Frederick Barthelme (Viking).
  • Blood Will Tell: A True Story of Deadly Lust in New Orleans, by Joseph Bosco (Morrow).
  • On Fire, nonfiction by Larry Brown (Algonquin).
  • The Client, fiction by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Summer of Fear, by Carolyn Haines (Windsor).
  • Hoodwinked, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Flesh and Blood, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Too Familiar, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Bats Out of Hell, short stories by Barry Hannah (Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence).
  • Spandau Phoenix, a novel by Greg Iles (Dutton).
  • Sherman: A Soldier’s Passion for Order, by John F. Marszalek (Free Press).
  • Uncle Jed's Barbershop, children's fiction by Margaree King Mitchell (Simon & Schuster).
  • New York Days, autobiography by Willie Morris (Little, Brown).
  • Wolf Whistle, a novel by Lewis Nordan (Algonquin)
  • That's What I Like (About the South), And Other Stories, edited by George P. Garrett and Paul Ruffin (University of South Carolina Press)
  • The Man Who Would Be God: Stories, by Paul Ruffin (Southern Methodist University Press)
  • The Cassandra Prophecy, a novel by Charles Wilson (Carroll & Graf).

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play The Miss Firecracker Contest produced in Beverly Hills, California, at Theater 40.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Control Freaks produced at the Met Theatre in Santa Monica, California, with Henley directing.

[Film] Premiere of The Firm, directed by Sydney Pollack, based on the novel by John Grisham.

[Film] Premiere of The Pelican Brief, directed by Alan J. Pakula based on the novel by John Grisham.

[Film] Television broadcast premiere of Suddenly, Last Summer, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.

[Award] Steve Barthelme receives a Pushcart Prize for fiction.


1994

[Books] Publications:
  • D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • A Legacy of Vengeance, a novel by John Armistead (Carrol & Graf).
  • Life and Work: A Manager's Search for Meaning, nonfiction by James A. Autry (Morrow).
  • A Superior Death, a novel by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • Platte River, stories by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • Novels, 1942-1954: Go Down, Moses, Intruder in the Dust, Requiem for a Nun, A Fable, by William Faulkner, edited by Joseph Blotner (Library of America).
  • Anabasis: A Journey to the Interior, by Ellen Gilchrist (UP of Mississippi).
  • Starcarbon, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • The Chamber, fiction by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Summer of the Redeemers, by Carolyn Haines (Dutton).
  • Cutting Edge, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Hoodwinked, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Shades of Familiar, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Familiar Remedy, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • "No Such Thing as Was": William Faulkner and Southern History, by Robert W. Hamblin (Center for Faulkner Studies).
  • Three Bedrooms, One Corpse, by Charlaine Harris (Scribner).
  • The Insiders' Guide to Mississippi, by Sylvia Higginbotham (Gulf Publishing Inc.).
  • Lives of Promise, Lives of Pain: Young Mothers after New Chance, by Joyce A. Ladner et al. (Manpower).
  • Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker, by John F. Marszalek (Collier).
  • Otherwise Known as Murder, a mystery novel by Neil McGaughey (Scribner).
  • Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement: Life on the Home Frontier, by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith (University of Oklahoma Press).
  • Eudora Welty: A Bibliography of Her Work, by Noel Polk (University Press of Mississippi).
  • When First We Deceive, a novel by Charles Wilson (Carroll & Graf).
  • Over the Top, by Zig Ziglar.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Abundance produced at the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C.

[Award] Nevada Barr receives the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award for best novel of 1993 for Track of the Cat.

[Award] William Raspberry receives the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary.

[Film] Premiere of The Client, directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by John Grisham.

[News] February 5: A jury in Hinds County, Mississippi, convicted Byron de la Beckwith for the 1963 murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. This was the Beckwith’s third trial; the first two in the 1960s ended in hung juries.

[News] August: Novelist John Grisham becomes publisher and part-owner of The Oxford American.


1995

[Books] Publications:
  • A Homecoming for Murder, a novel by John Armistead (Carrol & Graf).
  • Ill Wind, a novel by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • Painted Desert, a novel by Frederick Barthelme (Viking).
  • In the Loyal Mountains, stories by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • The Lost Grizzlies: A Search for Survivors in the Wilderness of Colorado, nonfiction by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • The Stem of Jessie: The Cost of Community in a 1960s Southern Community, by Will D. Campbell (Mercer University Press).
  • Best Wine Buys for $12 and Under: A Guide for the Frugal Connaisseur, by Barbara Ensrud (Villard).
  • "Rose of Lebanon," a previously unpublished short story by William Faulkner (in the May/June issue of The Oxford American).
  • Independence Day, a novel by Richard Ford (Harvill Press).
  • Flesh, by David Galef (Permanent Press).
  • The Age of Miracles: Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • Rhoda: A Life in Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • The Rainmaker, fiction by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Familiar Tale, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Bewitching Familiar, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • The Julius House, by Charlaine Harris (Scribner).
  • Black Cross, a novel by Greg Iles (Dutton).
  • And Then There Were Ten, a mystery novel by Neil McGaughey (Scribner).
  • Mississippi: A Volume of Eleven Books, history by James Meredith (Meredith Publishing)
  • My Dog Skip, nonfiction by Willie Morris (Random House)
  • A Prayer for the Opening of the Little League Season, nonfiction by Willie Morris; illustrations by Barry Moser (Harcourt Brace).
  • The Sharpshooter Blues, a novel by Lewis Nordan (Algonquin).
  • A Thief of Peirce: The Letters of Kenneth Laine Ketner and Walker Percy, edited by Patrick Samway (University Press of Mississippi)
  • After the Grapes of Wrath: Essays on John Steinbeck in Honor of Tetsumaro Hayashi, edited by Donald V. Coers, Paul Ruffin, and Robert J. DeMott (Ohio University Press)
  • The Well, by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial).
  • The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells: An Intimate Portrait of the Activist as a Young Woman, by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, edited by Miriam Decosta-Willis (Beacon).
  • Something Cloudy, Something Clear, a play by Tennessee Williams (New Directions).
  • Direct Descendant, a novel by Charles Wilson (St. Martin's Press).
  • Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis, by Charles Reagan Wilson (University of Georgia Press).
  • Top Performance, by Zig Ziglar and Jim Savage.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Signature first produced in Charlotte, N.C., by the Charlotte Repertory Company.

[Film] Television broadcast premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.


1996

[Books] Publications:
  • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • Cruel as the Grave, a novel by John Armistead (Carrol & Graf).
  • Confessions of an Accidental Businessman: It Takes a Lifetime to Find Wisdom , nonfiction by James A. Autry (Berrett-Koehler)
  • Kermit W. Holley, Sr.: The Unsung Hero, by Ben E. Bailey.
  • Father and Son, a novel by Larry Brown (Algonquin).
  • Firestorm, a novel by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • The Book of Yaak, nonfiction by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson, by Joseph Bosco (Morrow).
  • The Pear Tree That Bloomed in the Fall, by Will D. Campbell (Providence House).
  • Charles Sumner, a biography by David Herbert Donald (Da Capo Press)
  • Have No Fear: The Charles Evers Story, autobiography by Charles Evers (John Wiley & Sons)
  • Talking about William Faulkner: Interviews with Jimmy Faulkner and Others, by Sally Wolff with Floyd C. Watkins (Louisiana State University Press).
  • The Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy, edited by Jay Tolson (Center for Documentary Studies)
  • Tracks, juvenile fiction by David Galef (William Morrow).
  • The Courts of Love: A Novella and Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • The Runaway Jury, a novel by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Touched, by Carolyn Haines (Dutton).
  • A Christmas Kiss, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • High Lonesome, short stories by Barry Hannah (Atlantic Monthly Press).
  • Dead Over Heels, by Charlaine Harris (Scribner).
  • Shakespeare’s Landlord, by Charlaine Harris (St. Martin’s).
  • Clearance, a novel by Thomas Harris (Northwest).
  • Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy , nonfiction by Winthrop D. Jordan (Louisiana State University Press)
  • The Waterborn, a novel by J. Gregory Keyes (Del Rey).
  • The Best Money Murder Could Buy: A Stokes Moran Mystery, a novel by Neil McGaughey (Scribner)
  • Granddaddy's Gift, by Margaree King Mitchell (Bridgewater Books)
  • Sugar Among the Freaks: Selected Stories, by Lewis Nordan (Algonquin)
  • The Seasons of Women: An Anthology, edited by Gloria Norris (W.W. Norton).
  • Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier, by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith (Smithmark).
  • Children of the Dark House: Text and Context in Faulkner, by Noel Polk (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Reading Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury, by Stephen M. Ross and Noel Polk (University Press of Mississippi).
  • A Long Ways from Where I've Been: An African-American's Journey from the Jim Crow South to Chicago's Gold Coast , nonfiction by Roosevelt Richards (Noble Press)
  • Circling, poems by Paul Ruffin (1996)
  • The Wonder Book of the Air, a novel by Cynthia Shearer (Pantheon)
  • In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine, essays by John Stone (Louisiana State University Press).
  • Last Days of the Dog-Men, short stories by Brad Watson
  • Fertile Ground, a novel by Charles Wilson (St. Martin's Press).
    For additional titles and more information on the above titles, go to the Book News title list for 1996.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Signature produced in Trenton, N.J., by the Passage Theater Co. (Mill Hill Playhouse).

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play L-Play first produced in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, by the Unicore Theatre Company as part of the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

[Award] Richard Ford receives the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel Independence Day.

[Film] Premiere of The Chamber, directed by James Foley, based on the novel by John Grisham.

[Film] Premiere of A Time to Kill, directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by John Grisham.

[Death] Charlotte Capers dies.


1997

[Books] Publications:
  • On Being Female, Black, and Free: Essays by Margaret Walker, 1932-1992, nonfiction by Margaret Walker Alexander (University of Tennessee Press).
  • Americans at War, by Stephen E. Ambrose (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War, by Howard Bahr (Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America).
  • Endangered Species, a novel by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • Bob the Gambler, a novel by Frederick Barthelme (Houghton Mifflin).
  • The Skies, the Stars, the Wilderness, fiction by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • Like unto Like, by Sherwood Bonner (University of South Carolina Press).
  • And Also With You: Duncan Gray and the American Dilemma, nonfiction by Will D. Campbell (Providence House).
  • A Redneck Night Before Christmas, by David Davis (Pelican).
  • Margaret Cape: A Novel, by Wylene Dunbar (Harcourt Brace).
  • Women With Men: Three Stories, by Richard Ford (Knopf).
  • Shadow Seed, a novel by Jim Fraiser (Black Belt Press).
  • Sarah Conley, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • The Partner, a novel by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Midnight Prey, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Familiar Heart, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Shakespeare’s Champion, by Charlaine Harris (St. Martin’s).
  • The Debutante Ball, a play by Beth Henley (Dramatists Play Service).
  • Mortal Fear, by Greg Iles (Dutton).
  • Body Parts: A Story Collection, by Jere Hoar (University Press of Mississippi).
  • From the Mississippi Delta: A Memoir, nonfiction by Endesha Ida Mae Holland (Simon & Schuster).
  • Mortal Fear, a novel by Greg Iles (Dutton).
  • And All These Roads Be Luminous: Selected Poems 1969-1993 , by Angela Jackson (Triquarterly Books).
  • The Blackgod, a novel by J. Gregory Keyes (Del Rey).
  • Selected Papers from the Proceedings of the Conference on Ethics, Higher Education, and Social Responsibility, edited by Joyce A. Ladner and Segun Gbadegesin (Howard University Press).
  • American Political History: Essays on the State of the Discipline, edited by John F. Marszalek and Wilson D. Miscamble (University of Notre Dame Press).
  • A Corpse by Any Other Name: A Stokes Moran Mystery, a novel by Neil McGaughey (Scribner).
  • Granddaddy’s Gift, juvenile fiction by Margaree King Mitchell (Bridgewater Books).
  • Lightning Song, a novel by Lewis Nordan (Algonquin).
  • Outside the Southern Myth, nonfiction by Noel Polk (University Press of Mississippi).
  • A Goyen Companion: Appreciations of a Writer’s Writer, edited by Brooke Horvath, Irving Malin, and Paul Ruffin (University of Texas Press).
  • Open Field, Understory, poems by James L. Seay (Louisiana State University Press).
  • Watching Our Crops Come In, nonfiction by Clifton L. Taulbert (Viking).
  • Eight Habits of the Heart: The Timeless Values That Build Strong Communities, by Clifton L. Taulbert (Viking).
  • The Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy, edited by Jay Tolson (Norton).
  • Extinct, a novel by Charles Wilson (St. Martin’s Press).
  • Great Quotes from Zig Ziglar, by Zig Ziglar (Career Press).
  • Over the Top, nonfiction by Zig Ziglar (Thomas Nelson).
  • Zig Ziglar’s Little Instruction Book: Inspiration and Wisdom from America’s Top Motivator , nonfiction by Zig Ziglar (Honor Books).
    For additional titles and more information on the above titles, go to the Book News title list for 1997.

[News] November 9: Professor William R. Ferris was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

[Film] November 21: The Rainmaker, a film directed by Francis Coppola and based on the novel by John Grisham, premiered in the United States.

[Death] April 4: Poet Otis Williams, director of the Nyumburu Cultural Center at the University of Maryland, died suddenly in College Park, Maryland, at the age of 57.


1998

[Books] Publications:
  • The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys—The Men of World War II, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery, by Stephen E. Ambrose (National Geographic Society).
  • A Homecoming for Murder, by John Armistead (Dell).
  • Real Power: Lessons for Business from the Tao Te Ching, nonfiction by James A. Autry (Putnam).
  • Where the Sea Used to Be, a novel by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • The New Wolves: The Return of the Mexican Wolf to the American Southwest, by Rick Bass (Lyons Press).
  • Art in Mississippi, 1720-1980, by Patti Carr Black (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Bluebirds Always Come on Sunday, by Will D. Campbell (Providence House).
  • Shugah and Doops, by Will D. Campbell (Providence House).
  • Next to Last Chance, by Louisa Dixon (Genesis Press).
  • Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell, by Ellen Douglas (Algonquin).
  • Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading, edited by David Galef (Wayne State University Press).
  • Turning Japanese, by David Galef (Permanent Press).
  • Flights of Angels: Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • Jackson: The Good Life, by Walt Grayson (Towery).
  • The Street Lawyer, fiction by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Remember Me, Cowboy, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Familiar Fire, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Shakespeare’s Christmas, by Charlaine Harris (St. Martin’s).
  • Man, Nature and the Infinite: Random Thoughts and Impressions from the Journals, Interviews, Letters, Speeches, and Notebooks of Jay Higginbotham, 1961-1997, by Jay Higginbotham (Lighthouse Books).
  • Newton’s Cannon, a novel by J. Gregory Keyes (Del Rey).
  • Auqustus Baldwin Longstreet's 'Georgia Scenes' Completed, by Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, edited by David Rachels (University of Georgia Press).
  • Uncle Jed's Barbershop , by Margaree King Mitchell (Aladdin).
  • Landscapes of the Heart: A Memoir, by Elizabeth Spencer (Random House).
  • The Last Gentleman, by Walker Percy (Modern Library).
  • Have No Fear: The Charles Evers Story, by Charles Evers (John Wiley & Sons).
  • The Ghosts of Medgar Evers: A Tale of Race, Murder, Mississippi, and Hollywood , by Willie Morris (Random House).
  • A Corpse by Any Other Name: A Stokes Moran Mystery , by Neil McGaughey (Scribner).
  • So There You Are: The Selected Prose of Glenn Brown, Journalist, by Glenn Brown, edited by Paul Ruffin (Texas Review Press).
  • Where Water Begins: New Poems and Prose, by John Stone (Louisiana State University Press).
  • Beach Walks, by George Thatcher (Quail Ridge Press).
  • African American Inventors, by Otha Richard Sullivan (Wiley).
  • Eudora Welty: Complete Novels, by Eudora Welty, edited by Richard Ford and Michael Kreyling (Library of America).
  • Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays, and Memoir, by Eudora Welty, edited by Richard Ford and Michael Kreyling (Library of America).
  • Safari West: Poems, by John Alfred Williams (Hochelago).
  • Not About Nightingales, by Tennessee Williams, edited by Allean Hale (New Directions).
  • Religion and the American Civil War, edited by Randall M. Miller, Harry S. Stout, and Charles Reagan Wilson (Oxford University Press).
  • The New Regionalism: Essays and Commentaries, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Black Boy and Native Son, by Richard Wright, (reprint editions by Harperperennial Library).
  • Haiku: This Other World, by Richard Wright, edited by Yoshinobu Hakatuni and Robert L. Tener (Arcade).
  • Veneer: Stories, by Steve Yarbrough (University of Missouri Press).
  • Breaking Through to the Next Level, by Zig Ziglar (Honor Books).
  • Confessions of a Grieving Christian, by Zig Ziglar (Thomas Nelson).
  • What I Learned on the Way to the Top, by Zig Ziglar (Honor Books).
  • Ain’t No Spring Chicken: Selected Poems, by Ahmos Zu-Bolton II (Voice Foundation).
    For additional titles and more information on the above titles, go to the Book News title list for 1998.

[Stage Play] October 15: Impossible Marriage, by Beth Henley, opens on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre in New York, starring Holly Hunter and directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

[Film] Premiere of The Gingerbread Man, directed by Robert Altman, story by John Grisham.

[Film] Premiere of Come West with Me, directed by Marleen Gorris, screenplay by Beth Henley based on her play Abundance.

[Death] June 18: Frank Trippett dies.

[Death] August 24: Jerry Clower dies following heart bypass surgery in Jackson, Mississippi.

[Death] November 30: Margaret Walker Alexander dies of cancer in Chicago.


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[Death] August 2: Willie Morris dies of a heart attack in Jackson, Mississippi.

[Death] September 21: Neil McGaughey dies in Prentiss, Mississippi.

 

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