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[Books] Publications:
  • For Farish Street Green, February 27, 1986, poem by Margaret Walker Alexander.
  • 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 Ford (Vintage).
  • Drunk With Love, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • Riding Out the Tropical Depression: Selected Poems, 1975-1985, by Ellen Gilchrist (Faust).
  • Perpendicular Rain, a chapbook of poetry by Robert W. Hamblin and Louis Daniel Brodsky (Southeast Missouri State University).
  • 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 Percy (Faust).
  • 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 Wells (Doubleday).
  • Short Stories, by Tennessee Williams (Ballentine).

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play The Lucky Spot produced in Williamstown, Massachusetts, as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

[Film] Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon adapted for film as Manhunter by director Michael Mann (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group).

[Film][Award] 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.

[Film] Premiere of Nobody's Fool, directed by Evelyn Purcell, screenplay by Beth Henley.

[Film] Premiere of True Stories, directed by David Byrne, with screenplay by Byrne, David Tobolowsky, and Beth Henley.

[Film] Eudora Welty's short story "The Hitch-hikers" produced for television.

[Film] Richard Wright' novel Native Son adapted for film by director Jerrold Freedman (Cinecom Pictures and PBS's American Playhouse).

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

[Death] June 17: William Attaway dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California.
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