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1981

Erma Bombeck receives an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Dayton.

Tar Baby, a novel by Toni Morrison, is published.

Natalie Babbitt's American Library Award-winning novel Tuck Everlasting is made into a movie.

Arnold Adoff's book Today We Are Brother and Sister is published.

Let the Circle Be Unbroken is published. The novel by Mildred Taylor continues the story of the Logan Family, who was introduced in her first novel, Song of the Trees.

Jane Louise Curry's novel The Wolves of Aam is published.

Andre Norton is inducted into the Ohio Women Hall of Fame.

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee receive the Ohioana Award honoring their careers as playwrights.

Madwand, the sequel to Changeling, is published by Roger Zelazny.

Virginia Hamilton's book series The Gathering is published.

Daniel Keyes's novel The Minds of Billy Milligan is published and nominated for the Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.

Arnold Adoff publishes two books: All the Colors of the Race and Birds: Poems.

Suzanne Clauser's movie, The Pride of Jesse Hallam, airs and wins an award for best original television play. Part of the movie was filmed in Cincinnati.

Natalie Babbitt's book Herbert Rowbarge is published.

1982

Allan Eckert's novel Gateway to Empire is published. The novel is a part of the series The Winning of America.

James Cross Giblin's Chimney Sweeps: Yesterday and Today receives an American Book Award and a Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Mildred Taylor receives the Coretta Scott King Award for her novel Let the Circle Be Unbroken.

Herbert Gold's novel True Love is published.

Helen Hooven Santmyer's epic novel, …And Ladies of the Club, is published. The book weighs in at four pounds, contains over 1400 pages, and does not catch on with the public. Yet.

John Jakes's novel North and South, the first book in his acclaimed Civil War Trilogy, is published and is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Cynthia Rylant's book When I Was Young in the Mountains is published and receives the American Book Award. The book is also named a Caldecott Honor Book for Diane Goode's illustrations.

Virginia Hamilton's novel Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush is published.

Thomas Berger's book The Feud is published.

William Greenway's first book of poems is published. The book is titled Pressure under Grace.

Lois McMaster Bujold completes her novel Shards of Honor.

Jane Louise Curry's novel Shadow Dancers is published.

1983

Allan Eckert's novel The Dark Green Tunnel is published.

Nikki Giovanni's book Those Who Ride the Night Winds is published. Also this year, the Cincinnati YWCA names Giovanni a YWCA Woman of the Year.

Richard Howard receives the American Book Award for his translation of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil).

Erma Bombeck publishes two books: Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession and Erma Bombeck Giant Economy Size.

Mary Oliver's book American Primitive is published.

Helen Hooven Santmyer's ...And Ladies of the Club is literally an overnight success, spends thirty-seven straight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, becomes a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection, and is honored with the Ohioana Book Award in Fiction.

Cynthia Rylant's book Miss Maggie is published.

Virginia Hamilton's novels The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl and Willie Bea and The Time the Martians Landed are published.

Langston Hughes's play The Sweet Flypaper of Life is published posthumously.

Two of Erma Bombeck's books are published this year: Laugh Along with Erma Bombeck and Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World.

Lois McMaster Bujold completes her second novel, The Warrior's Apprentice.

1984

James Cross Giblin receives a Golden Kite Award for his novel Walls: Defenses Throughout History. The Golden Kite Award is presented to authors of children's books by fellow authors and illustrators.

A Pulitzer Prize is awarded to Mary Oliver for her poetry collection American Primitive.

Herbert Gold's novel Mister White Eyes is published.

Richard Howard's book Lining Up is published.

A Happy Childhood, a book of poetry by William Matthews, is published.

Ron McFarland serves his first year of a two-year term as Idaho's first State Writer-in-Residence and publishes Composting at Forty, a collection of his poems.

John Jakes's novel Love and War, the second book of his Civil War trilogy, is published.

Andre Norton receives the Nebula Grand Master Award, which is given to a living author for lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.

Selected Essays of John Crowe Ransom is published.

This Year's Garden by Cynthia Rylant is published.

Virginia Hamilton's House of Dies Drear is made into a Wonder Works Family Movie, and her novel A Little Love is published.

Anthony Libby's book Mythologies of Nothing: Mystical Death in American Poetry, 1940-1970 is published.

On January 21, Ronald Reagan is sworn in as President for a second term.

Four of a Kind: A Treasury of Favorite Works by America's Best-Loved Humorist (Erma Bombeck) is published.

Thomas Berger's Nowhere is published.

1985

The Cabbages Are Chasing the Rabbits by Arnold Adoff is published.

Rita Dove publishes a book of short stories titled Fifth Sunday.

Lois McMaster Bujold completes her third novel, Ethan of Athos.

Jane Louise Curry's novel The Birdstones is published.

Allan Eckert receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He also publishes Earth Treasures -- Northeastern Quadrant and Earth Treasures -- Southeastern Quadrant.

Harlan Ellison receives a Locus Poll Award for Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed. Also, his novel An Edge in My Voice is published.

Mary Oliver's book The Legend of Santa Claus: Santa Claus, the Movie is published.

Nikki Giovanni is named to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

John Jakes's novel North and South, published in 1982, is made into a television miniseries.

Cynthia Rylant publishes her first novel, A Blue-Eyed Daisy. The book is named a Children's Choice book by a joint committee of the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council. Also this year, Rylant publishes Every Living Thing.

Virginia Hamilton's novel The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales is published.

On January 28, former Akron resident Judith Resnik is among seven crewmembers killed when the space shuttle Challenger explodes on takeoff.

Author and screenwriter Suzanne Clauser founds the Antioch Writers' Workshop for working writers in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Natalie Babbitt's novel Goody Hall is published.

Arnold Adoff's book Sports Pages is published.

1986

Jane Louise Curry's novel The Lotus Cup is published.

Rita Dove publishes her third collection of verse, Thomas and Beulah. The poems in this book are based on the lives of her grandparents.

R. L. Stine publishes his first scary novel for young people; it's titled Blind Date.

James Cross Giblin's book Milk: The Fight for Purity is awarded an American Library Association (ALA) notable children's book citation.

Harlan Ellison receives a Locus Poll Award for three of his works: the novelette Paladin of the Lost Hour; short story "With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole," and Anthology: Medea Harlan's World. He also receives a Hugo Award for Paladin of the Lost Hour. The Hugo Award is a science fiction achievement award given by the World Science Fiction Society.

James Cross Giblin's novel The Truth About Santa Claus is named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book in the nonfiction category.

The first of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga novels, Shards of Honor, is published. Soon after, The Warrior's Apprentice is published, introducing to science fiction fans Bujold's most famous character, Miles Vorkosigan.

A television adaptation of Spirit to Spirit: The Poetry of Nikki Giovanni is produced by Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Ohio Council on the Arts. Also, Giovanni receives the Post-Corbett Award.

Herbert Gold's book of short stories Lovers & Cohorts: 27 Stories is published.

John Jakes's novel North and South, published in 1984, is made into a television miniseries.

Daniel Keyes's novel Unveiling Claudia is published.

Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came is named a Caldecott Honor Book. Also this year, two of Rylant's books are published. Birthday Presents is named a Children's Choice book by a joint committee of the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council. Night in the Country is chosen as a Junior Literary Guild selection.

Allan Eckert receives the Second Annual Silver Arrow Humanitarian Award for his contributions to the human spirit and for his work as an author, novelist, playwright, naturalist, and historian.

Poet William Greenway is asked to teach English at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Since that time, he has been named a distinguished professor at YSU.

Erma Bombeck's book Family: The Ties That Bind…and Gag! is published. Also published that year is Best of Bombeck.

The Devil's Other Storybook, written and illustrated by Natalie Babbitt, is published.

Helen Hooven Santmyer, author of the bestselling novel …And Ladies of the Club, dies on February 21.

1987

Poet Rita Dove receives the Pulitzer Prize for her book Thomas and Beulah.

Toni Morrison publishes Beloved.

Thomas Berger's book Being Invisible is published.

William Greenway publishes Where We've Been, a collection of his poems.

Mildred Taylor's stories of the Logan Family continue with the novel The Friendship. Also this year, Taylor publishes the novel The Gold Cadillac.

Lois McMaster Bujold's novel Falling Free is serialized by Analog Magazine, a science fiction publication.

H. M. Hoover publishes the novel Orvis.

Two Jane Louise Curry novels are published: The Great Flood Mystery and Me, Myself and I. Curry also publishes Back in the Beforetime: Tales of the California Indians.

Harlan Ellison's book The Essential Ellison: A Thirty-Five Year Retrospective is published and is honored with a Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers of America. Also this year, Ellison receives the Writers Guild of America Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay for the Twilight Zone episode "Paladin of the Lost Hour."

From Hand to Mouth: Or How We Invented Knives, Forks, Spoons and Chopsticks and the Manners to Go with Them, by James Cross Giblin, is published.

John Jakes's novel Heaven and Hell is published, concluding his Civil War trilogy.

Cynthia Rylant's book A Fine White Dust is published and named a Newbery Honor Book. Also, Henry and Mudge in the Green Time is published and is chosen as a Junior Literary Guild selection

Virginia Hamilton's novel The Mystery of Drear House: The Conclusion of the Dies Drear Chronicle is published.

Thomas Berger's book The Houseguest is published.

Arnold Adoff's book Greens: Poems is published.

Louis Bromfield's At Malabar: Writings on Farming and Country Life is published.

1988

Toni Morrison receives the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel Beloved. Also this year, the book Beloved is made into a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.

Lois McMaster Bujold's novel Falling Free is awarded a Nubula from the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Mildred Taylor receives her second Coretta Scott King Award, this time for The Friendship.

Allan Eckert's novel Twilight of Empire is published. It's the last novel of his six-part series of historical narratives titled The Winning of America.

Harlan Ellison receives a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection for The Essential Ellison; the Word of Wisdom Award from the National Women's Committee of Brandeis University; and the Edgar Allen Poe Award and the American Mystery Award for Soft Monkey.

Poet Rita Dove receives the Ohio Governor's Award in the Arts.

Fletcher Knebel publishes the book Poker Game.

The novel Dawn Palace: The Story of Medea is published by H. M. Hoover.

Novelist Helen Hooven Santmyer publishes her last novel, titled Farewell, Summer.

Elvis Presley Boulevard: From Sea to Shining Sea (Almost) is a nonfiction work published by Mark Winegardner.

James Cross Giblin's book Let There Be Light is published.

Nikki Giovanni receives the Ohioana Library Award for her book Sacred Cows and Other Edibles. Giovanni also receives a Silver Apple Award from the Oakland Museum Film Festival for the television adaptation of her book Spirit to Spirit.

Arnold Adoff's book Chocolate Dreams: Poems is published. Also this year, Adoff receives an award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for Excellence in Poetry for Children for the body of his work.

Herbert Gold's novel Dreaming is published.

Daniel Keyes is awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Medal of Honor by Brooklyn College for his award-winning first novel, Flowers for Algernon.

Cynthia Rylant's book All I See is published and is chosen as a Junior Literary Guild selection.

Two works from Virginia Hamilton are published this year: a collection of myths and legends titled In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World and a biography, Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave.

George Herbert Walker Bush is sworn in as the forty-first President of the United States.

Thomas Berger's book Changing the Past is published, and his book The Feud is made into a movie.

1989

Nellie, a Cat on Her Own by Natalie Babbitt is published.

Lois McMaster Bujold's novella The Mountains of Mourning appeared in Analog Magazine, her father's favorite magazine. Bujold received a gift subscription for Analog from him when she was thirteen years old. Also this year, for The Mountains of Mourning, Bujold received a Nebula Award for Best Novella from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and a Hugo Award for Best Novella from the World Science Fiction Society. These are the first of many "best of" awards honoring Bujold's writing. The Hugo Award is a science fiction achievement award given by the World Science Fiction Society.

Erma Bombeck's book I Want To Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise: Children Surviving Cancer is published.

R. L. Stine kicks off his series of novels titled Fear Street with the book The New Girl.

H. M. Hoover's novel Always Is a Strange Place to Be is published.

Jane Louise Curry's first mystery, The Big Smith Snatch, is published, as is her novel Little, Little Sister.

Harlan Ellison's collection of film essays, Harlan Ellison's Watching, is published, as is his novel Vic and Blood: The Chronicles of a Boy and His Dog. This year, Ellison received a World Fantasy Award for Best Collection: Angry Candy.

Richard Howard's No Traveller: Poems is published.

William Matthews publishes a collection of his poetry titled Blues If You Want and a book of essays entitled Curiosities.

John Jakes's novel California Gold is published.

Andre Norton's story "Wizard's World" is published.

One of Angela Johnson's first publications, a picture book titled Tell Me a Story, Mama, is published.

Cynthia Rylant's autobiography, But I'll Be Back Again: An Album, is published.

Virginia Hamilton's novel The Bells of Christmas is published. Also this year, Hamilton's In the Beginning: Creation Stories From Around the World is named as a John Newbery Honor Book, and Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave receives the Coretta Scott King Award..

Thomas Berger's book Orrie's Story is published.

Harlan Ellison's novel The Harlan Ellison Hornbook is published, and he wins several top awards this year. Ellison is honored by P.E.N. for his continued commitment to artistic freedom and the battle against censorship, and he receives a Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in nonfiction for Harlan Ellison's Watching.

Herbert Gold's essay Travels In San Francisco is published.

1990

Mary Oliver's book House of Light is published. Oliver receives the Christopher Award for work that "affirms the highest value of human spirit" and the L. L. Winship/Pen New England Award, honoring a book about New England or by a New England author..

On August 2, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait.

Erma Bombeck receives the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor.

Angela Johnson's book When I Am Old with You is published and wins the Coretta Scott King Award. The book is also cited as an ALA Notable Book. Johnson publishes another book this year, Do Like Kyla.

Lois McMaster Bujold's novel The Vor Game wins a respected Hugo Award for best novel from the World Science Fiction Society. The Hugo Award is a science fiction achievement award given by the World Science Fiction Society.

A humor novel titled How I Broke Up With Ernie is published by horror fiction writer R. L. Stine.

The novel The Road to Memphis is published and brings author Mildred Taylor her third Coretta Scott King Award. Taylor also publishes Mississippi Bridge this year.

Virginia Hamilton's book series Cousins is published. This year, her collection The Dark Way: Stories from the Spirit World is published.

On February 28, a cease-fire is signed between the United Nations and Iraq.

Erma Bombeck's book When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home is published.

Playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee are named Fellows of American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Also this year, their final collaboration, Whisper in the Mind, is produced at Arizona State University.

Mark Winegardner publishes Prophet of the Sandlots: Journey With a Major League Scout.

Novelist Jack Schaefer dies on January 24. The cause is cited as congestive heart failure.

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