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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.
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