- For Farish Street Green, February 27, 1986, poem by Margaret
- Music in the History of Tougaloo College, by Ben
E. Bailey (Tougaloo College).
- Tracer, screenplay by Frederick
Barthelme based on his novel.
- Fort Acres and a Goat: A Memoir, by Will
D. Campbell (Peachtree).
- The Platinum Man: A Novel, by Borden
Deal (New Horizon Press).
- Across the Creek: Faulkner Family Stories, by Jimmy
Faulkner (University Press of Mississippi)
- The Sportswriter, a novel by Richard
- Drunk With Love, by Ellen
Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
Riding Out the Tropical Depression: Selected Poems, 1975-1985, by Ellen
- Perpendicular Rain, a chapbook of poetry by Robert
W. Hamblin and Louis Daniel Brodsky (Southeast Missouri State
- The All-Girl Football Team, stories by Lewis
Nordan (Louisiana State University Press).
- New American Short Stories: Writers Select Their Own Favorites, edited
by Gloria Norris
(New American Library,).
- Novel-Writing in an Apocalyptic Time, nonfiction by Walker
- Turning Points, by John Ray Skates and Noel
Polk (Mississippi Committee for the Humanities).
- Three Stories, by Gloria
Norris (Turnipseed Press).
- Rommel and the Rebel, by Lawrence
- Short Stories, by Tennessee
Beth Henley's play The Lucky Spot produced in Williamstown, Massachusetts, as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon adapted for film as Manhunter by director Michael Mann (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group).
Premiere of Crimes of the Heart, directed by Bruce Beresford, with screenplay by Beth Henley based on her play.
Henley receives an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay.
Premiere of Nobody's Fool, directed by Evelyn Purcell, screenplay by Beth Henley.
Premiere of True Stories, directed by David Byrne, with screenplay by Byrne, David Tobolowsky, and Beth Henley.
Eudora Welty's short story "The Hitch-hikers" produced for television.
Richard Wright' novel Native Son adapted for film by director Jerrold Freedman (Cinecom Pictures and PBS's American Playhouse).
Steve Barthelme receives a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award.
William Attaway dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California.
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