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[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.
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