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[Books] Publications:
  • Pegasus Bridge: 6 June, 1944, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • Tracer, a novel by Frederick Barthelme (Simon & Schuster).
  • The Deer Pasture, nonfiction by Rick Bass (Texas A & M University Press).
  • Second Marriage, screenplay by Frederick Barthelme based on his novel.
  • The Natchez Trace, photographs by Harold Young, text by Patti Carr Black (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Tempest, a romance novel by Anne Carsley (Pinnacle).
  • There Were Also Strangers: A Novel, by Borden Deal (New Horizon Press).
  • Faulkner: A Comprehensive Guide to the Brodsky Collection, Volume IV: Battle Cry, by William Faulkner, edited by Robert W. Hamblin and Louis Daniel Brodsky (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Novels, 1930-1935: As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, Pylon, by William Faulkner, edited by Joseph Blotner (Library of America).
  • The Miss Firecracker Contest, a play by Beth Henley (Dramatists Play Service).
  • A Black Physician’s Story: Bringing Hope in Mississippi, by John F. Marszalek and Douglas L. Conner (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Looking for Bobby, a novel by Gloria Norris (Knopf).
  • Dreams into Deeds: Nine Women Who Dared, by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith (Scribner).
  • Conversations with Walker Percy, edited by Lewis A. Lawson and Victor A. Kramer (University Press of Mississippi).
  • An Editorial Handbook for William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, by Noel Polk (Garland).
  • Said There Was Somebody Talking to Him through the Air Conditioner, by James Seay (Palaemon Press Limited).
  • Renaming the Streets, poems by John Stone (Louisiana State University Press).
  • Called to Preach, Condemned to Survive: The Education of Clayton Sullivan, by Clayton Sullivan (Mercer University Press).
  • The Berhama Account, a novel by John Alfred Williams (New Horizons Press).
  • Religion in the South: Essays, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World, by Zig Ziglar.
  • Steps to the Top, by Zig Ziglar.
  • Zig Ziglar's Secrets of Closing the Sale, by Zig Ziglar.

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play The Debutante Ball first produced in Costa Mesa, California, at South Coast Repertory.

[Award] Steve Barthelme receives a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award.

[Award] Richard Ford receives a second National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for 1985-86.

[Death] January 22: Borden Deal dies of a heart attack in Sarasota, Florida..
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