A Compendium of Births,
Deaths, Publications, Awards, and Other Events in Mississippi’s Literary
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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).
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 Peddlers Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi.
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.
Nevada Barr Presents Malice
Domestic 10: An Anthology of Original Traditional Mystery Stories, edited
by Nevada Barr (Avon).
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
16: A revival of Beth
Henleys 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.
Welty died following a bout of pneumonia in Jackson, Mississippi.
29: Hurricane Katrina hit landfall along the Gulf Coast near Waveland,
Miss., killing thousands of people and causing billions of dollars in property
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.
and historian Shelby
in Memphis at the age of 88.
The Book of Hard Choices: How to Make the Right Decisions at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect, byJames 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).