A Mississippi Writer Timeline

A Compendium of Births, Deaths, Publications, Awards, and Other Events in Mississippi’s Literary History

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[Books] Publications:
  • Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster).
  • The $66 Summer, juvenile fiction by John Armistead (Milkweed Editions).
  • The Year of Jubilo: A Novel of the Civil War, by Howard Bahr (Henry Holt).
  • Deep South, a novel by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories, by Frederick Barthelme (Counterpoint Press).
  • Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had, by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • A Sherwood Bonner Sampler, 1869-1884: What a Bright, Educated, Witty, Lively, Snappy Young Woman Can Say on a Variety of Topics, by Sherwood Bonner (University of Tennessee Press).
  • Fay, a novel by Larry Brown (Algonquin).
  • Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs, by David Galef (Tuttle).
  • Mississippi River Country Tales: A Celebration of 500 Years of Deep South History, by Jim Fraiser (Pelican).
  • For Love of the Game: The Holy Wars of Millsaps College & Mississippi College Football, by Jim Fraiser (Mississippi Sports Council).
  • The Cabal and Other Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • Collected Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown).
  • The Brethren, by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • A Painted House, by John Grisham (Oxford American).
  • Buried Bones, by Carolyn Haines (Bantam).
  • Texas Midnight, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Familiar Obsession, by Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines) (Harlequin).
  • Shakespeare’s Trollop, by Charlaine Harris (St. Martin’s).
  • Collected Plays: Volume I, 1980-1989 and Collected Plays: Volume II, 1990-1999, by Beth Henley (Smith & Kraus).
  • Mauvila, by Jay Higginbotham (A. B. Bahr/Factor).
  • 24 Hours, by Greg Iles (Putnam).
  • Empire of Unreason, a novel by J. Gregory Keyes (Del Rey).
  • Deep Wonder, poems by Philip C. Kolin (Gray Owl Press).
  • The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson’s White House, by John F. Marszalek (Louisiana State University Press).
  • My Mississippi, by Willie Morris (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Boy with Loaded Gun: A Memoir, by Lewis Nordan (Algonquin Books).
  • The Last Ride, by Glen “Pee Wee” Mercer with Patrick D. Smith (Sea Bird Publishing).
  • Beach Walks II, by George Thatcher (Quail Ridge Press).
  • Hyming & Hawing About America: A Few Symbol-Minded Essays, by Frank Trippett (Xlibris).
  • Game Plan, by Charles Wilson (St. Martin's).

For additional titles and more information on the above titles, go to the Book News title list for 2000.

[Award] Edward Cohen was awarded the Nonfiction Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and the Mississippi Authors Award for Nonfiction by the Mississippi Library Association for The Peddler’s Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi.

[Stage Play] April 10: A new play by Beth Henley, Family Week, opened at the Off-Broadway Century Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York, starring Angelina Phillips, Rose Gregorio, and Carol Kane, and directed by Ulu Grosbard. It closed on April 16 after being savaged by critics.


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For additional titles and more information on the above titles, go to the Book News title list for 2001.

[Film] February 9: The motion picture Hannibal, the sequel to Silence of the Lambs, premiered in theatres, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Anthony Hopkins. The screenplay is based on the novel by Thomas Harris.

[Stage Play]April 16: A revival of Beth Henley’s play Crimes of the Heart opened at the Second Stage Theater in New York. The play starred Amy Ryan, Mary Catherine Garrison, and Enid Graham, and was directed by Garry Hynes.

[Death] July 23: Eudora Welty died following a bout of pneumonia in Jackson, Mississippi.

[Death] December 24: Jimmy Faulkner died in a Tupelo, Mississippi, hospital.


[Books] Publications:
  • Hunting Season, by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • The Hermit’s Story: Stories, by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • The Roadless Yaak: Reflections and Observations About One of Our Last Great Wilderness Areas, by Rick Bass (Lyons Press).
  • The Peddler’s Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi, by Edward Cohen (Delta).
  • Tyrus: An American Legend, a novel by Patrick Creevy (Forge).
  • Mississippi Delta Women in Prism, by Claire T. Feild (NewSouth Books).
  • A Multitude of Sins: Stories, by Richard Ford (Knopf).
  • Majesty of the Mississippi Delta, by Jim Fraiser (Pelican).
  • Laugh Track, by David Galef (University Press of Mississippi).
  • The Summons, by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Splintered Bones, by Carolyn Haines (Delacorte).
  • Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris (Penguin/Ace).
  • Last Scene Alive, by Charlaine Harris (Minotaur).
  • Grit ’n Greens and Mississippi Things, by Sylvia Higginbotham (Parlance).
  • Sleep No More, by Greg Iles (Putnam).
  • In the Deep Hearts Core, by Michael Johnston (Grove Press).
  • Frontier House, by Simon Shaw, Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith (Pocket Books).
  • Pompeii Man, a novel by Paul Ruffin (Louisiana Literature Press).
  • Rescuing Jesus from the Christians, by Clayton Sullivan (Trinity Press International).
  • The Journey Home: A Father’s Gift to His Son, by Clifton L. Taulbert (Council Oak Books).
  • Little Cliff and the Cold Place, by Clifton L. Taulbert (Dial Books for Young Readers).
  • Separate, But Equal: The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson, by Henry Clay Anderson, with an essay by Clifton L. Taulbert (PublicAffairs).
  • The Heaven of Mercury, a novel by Brad Watson (W.W. Norton).
  • The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams, edited by David E. Roessel and Nicholas Rand Moschovakis (New Directions).
  • 1946: A Poem, by Ahmos Zu-Bolton II (Ishmael Reed).

For additional titles and more information on the above titles, go to the Book News title list for 2002.

Death June 19: Fiction writer Berry Morgan died at the age of 83 in Sumit Point, West Virginia.

Death October 13: Historian Stephen E. Ambrose died at the age of 66 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.


[Books] Publications:
  • Flashback, by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • Seeking Enlightenment … Hat to Hat, by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • Elroy Nights, by Frederick Barthelme (Counterpoint).
  • Robert G. Clark’s Journey to the House: A Black Politician’s Story, by Will D. Campbell (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Bleachers, by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • The King of Torts, by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Crossed Bones, by Carolyn Haines (Delacorte).
  • Revelers, by Beth Henley (Dramatists Play Service).
  • Signature, by Beth Henley (Dramatists Play Service).
  • Time Passages, by Sylvia Higginbotham (Parlance).
  • The Hit, by Jere Hoar (Context Books).
  • The Briar King, by Greg Keyes (Del Rey).
  • Launching Our Black Children for Success: A Guide for Parents of Kids from Three to Eighteen, by Joyce A. Ladner and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo (John Wiley & Sons).
  • The Best of Beach Walks, by George Thatcher (Quail Ridge Press).
  • Built by the Owner’s Design: The Positive Approach to Building Your Church God’s Way, by Danny Von Kanel (CSS Publishing).
  • On Wiliam Faulkner, by Eudora Welty (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Some Notes from River Country, by Eudora Welty (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Zig Ziglar’s Life Lifters: Moments of Inspiration for Living Life Better, by Zig Ziglar (Broadman and Holman).

For additional titles and more information on the above titles, go to the Book News title list for 2003.

Death August 15: Poet James Whitehead died in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


[Books] Publications:
  • High Country, by Nevada Barr (Putnam).
  • Caribou Rising: Defending the Porcupine Herd, Gwich-’in Culture, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, by Rick Bass (Sierra Club Books).
  • A Salty Piece of Land, by Jimmy Buffett (Little, Brown).
  • The Last Juror, by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Music from Apartment 8: New and Selected Poems, by John Stone (LSU Press).

Death January 16: Former University of Mississippi English professor Louis Dollarhide died in Oxford, Mississippi, at the age of 85, after several months of declining health.

Death April 11: Author Joan Williams died at the age of 75.

Death November 24: Author Larry Brown died of a heart attack at his home near Oxford, Mississippi, at the age of 53.


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News Aug. 29: Hurricane Katrina hit landfall along the Gulf Coast near Waveland, Miss., killing thousands of people and causing billions of dollars in property damage in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. In response to the storm, author John Grisham announced he and his wife were setting up a relief fund and personally donating $5 million to aid in rebuilding the devastated areas along the Mississippi coast.

Death June 27: Novelist and historian Shelby Foote died in Memphis at the age of 88.


[Books] Publications:
  • The Book of Hard Choices: How to Make the Right Decisions at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect, by James A. Autry and Peter Roy (Broadway Books).
  • The Judas Field: A Novel of the Civil War, by Howard Bahr (Henry Holt & Co.).
  • The Lives of Rocks: Stories, by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin).
  • The Lay of the Land, by Richard Ford (Knopf).
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, by John Grisham (Doubleday).
  • Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita, edited by Philip C. Kolin and Susan Swartwout (Southeast State Missouri University Press).
  • Wailing Wall, poems by Philip C. Kolin (Wind and Water Press).


[Books] Publications:
  • Looking Around for God: The Oddly Reverent Observations of an Unconventional Christian, by James A. Autry (Smyth & Helwys).
  • Swine Not?, by Jimmy Buffett (Little, Brown).
  • The New Granta Book of the American Short Story, edited by Richard Ford (Grove Press).
  • Playing for Pizza: A Novel, by John Grisham (Doubleday).



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