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The science fiction novel Barrayar nets author Lois McMaster Bujold her second straight Hugo Award for best novel. The Hugo Award is a science fiction achievement award given by the World Science Fiction Society.

Jane Louise Curry's novel What the Dickens is published.

All the Lies That Are My Life, Run for the Stars, and Dreams with Sharp Teeth are the Harlan Ellison novels published this year.

Titles of some of the James Cross Giblin books published this year are: The Greatest Picnic in the World, Ida and Betty and the Secret Eggs, and The Truth About Unicorns.

R. L. Stine opens his Fear Street Super Chiller series by publishing the book Party Summer.

Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming, the first of three comic fantasy novels Roger Zelazny wrote with Robert Sheckley, is published.

Herbert Gold's essay, Best Nightmare on Earth: A Life In Haiti, a nonfiction work about his travels to Haiti, is published.

Angela Johnson's book One of Three is published.

Tracey Dils publishes Scariest Stories You've Ever Heard -- Part III.

Virginia Hamilton publishes her novel collection The All Jahdu Storybook.

Mark Winegardner, with coauthor Steve Fireovid, publishes The 26th Man: One Minor Leaguer's Pursuit of a Dream.

On February 1, the United States and Russia sign a treaty officially ending the Cold War.

Thomas Berger's book Meeting Evil is published.

Erma Bombeck's book When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's time to Go Home is a New York Times best-seller and the sixth biggest selling nonfiction book of 1991. Also this year, Erma receives the "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Award from the Cancer League in Houston, Texas.


The space shuttle Endeavor starts out on its first mission.

Poet Rita Dove publishes a novel titled Through the Ivory Gate.

Only Child, a novel by H. M. Hoover, is published.

R. L. Stine's incredibly successful series Goosebumps begins this year with the novel Welcome to Dead House.

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

The World Wide Web is made available for home use.

Allan Eckert's novel A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh is published.

Harlan Ellison's novelette The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore is selected from 6,000 short stories to be included in the 1993 edition of The Best American Short Stories.

Two of James Cross Giblin's biographies were published this year: Edith Wilson: The Woman Who Ran the United States and George Washington: A Picture Book Biography.

Conversations With Nikki Giovanni, coauthored by Giovanni and Virginia C. Fowler, is published.

Bohemia: Where Art, Angst, Love and Strong Coffee Meet, an essay by Herbert Gold, is published.

Mary Oliver's New and Selected Poems is published and wins the National Book Award.

Dav Pilkey's book When Cats Dream is published.

Cynthia Rylant's collection A Couple of Kooks: And Other Stories about Love is published.

John Glenn becomes the first popularly elected Senator from Ohio to win four consecutive terms.

Virginia Hamilton's nonfiction work about slavery, Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, is published.

On January 21, William Jefferson Clinton is sworn in as the forty-second President of the United States.

The Return of Rex and Ethel, written by Arnold Adoff and illustrated by Catherine Deeter, is published.

Erma Bombeck's book A Marriage Made in Heaven: Or Too Tired for an Affair is published.


Rita Dove is appointed Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Dove is the first African American and the youngest person to receive this honor. Dove is also honored this year with the NAACP's Great American Artist Award.

Novelist Toni Morrison wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Two Jane Louise Curry novels are published this year: The Christmas Knight and The Great Smith House Hustle.

The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar is published.

The World Trade Center in New York City is bombed.

James Cross Giblin's children's book Be Seated: A Book About Chairs is published.

The 100 Best Colleges for African-American Students by Nikki Giovanni and Erlene B. Wilson is published.

John Jakes's novel Homeland is published and is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Ron McFarland publishes The Haunting Familiarity of Things, a book of poems.

Three books published this year are the first ones in the Fear Street Saga, a new series by R. L. Stine. The books are: The Betrayal, The Secret, and The Burning.

Harlan Ellison receives a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in writing.

Andre Norton's book Brother to Shadows is published.

Roger Zelazny's novel A Night in the Lonesome October is published.

William Greenway publishes a chapbook of poetry titled Rain in Most Places. Also this year, he receives the Open Voice Poetry Award from The National Writer's Voice Project.

Dav Pilkey's books Dogzilla and Kat Kong are published.

Books by Angela Johnson that are published this year include: Toning the Sweep, Julius (illustrated by Dav Pilkey), The Leaving Morning, and The Girl Who Wore Snakes.

A fifty-one-day siege of a compound in Waco, Texas, ends in a firestorm.

Cynthia Rylant's book Missing May is published and is awarded the 1993 Newbery Medal.

Mildred Wirt Benson is publicly acknowledged as Carolyn Keene, the author of the Nancy Drew books.

Janet Hickman joins Charlotte S. Huck as coauthor for the fifth edition of the book Children's Literature in the Elementary School.

Virginia Hamilton's novel Plain City is published.

Lois McMaster Bujold's horror/adventure novel Mirror Dance is published.

Bub Or the Very Best Thing, by Natalie Babbitt, is published.

Sharon Creech's first novel, Walk Two Moons, is published. Later this year, Walk Two Moons is awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal.

Journalist and author Fletcher Knebel dies February 26. It is believed his death was a suicide.


Sharon Draper publishes her compelling novel Tears of a Tiger, along with the children's book Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs, the first of three books in that series.

Toni Morrison receives the Pearl S. Buck Award from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The award is given to women whose lives and achievements reflect Buck's commitment to human dignity and understanding.

Jane Louise Curry's novel Robin Hood and His Merry Men is published.

Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin is published.

William Greenway publishes his poetry collection How the Dead Bury the Dead.

Two of Nikki Giovanni's books published this year are Racism 101 and Grand Mothers: Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About the Keepers of Our Traditions.

Richard Howard's book Like Most Revelations: New Poems is published.

Rita Dove publishes her play The Darker Face of the Earth. Also this year, Dove reads her poem "Lady Freedom Among Us" at a ceremony for the two hundredth anniversary of the U.S. Capitol.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes is published.

USA Today names R. L. Stine the number one best-selling author in America. This is the first of three straight years he receives that honor.

John Jakes's novel Heaven and Hell is made into a television miniseries, Heaven and Hell: North & South, Book III. The series is written by Suzanne Clauser.

The Milligan Wars by Daniel Keyes is published.

Father Dreams, a chapbook of poems by William Greenway, is published.

Craig Holden's first mystery book, The River Sorrow, is published.

Andre Norton's book The Hands of Lyr is published.

Mary Oliver wins a Pulitzer Prize for her book American Primitive. Also this year, her book White Pine, and a how-to book, A Poetry Handbook, are published.

Janet Hickman's novel Jericho is published.

Dav Pilkey's books A Friend for Dragon: Dragon's First Tale and Dog Breath! Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis are published. Dog Breath! is awarded the California Young Reader Medal.

Mary Oliver's book Things on Wheels is published.

Angela Johnson receives the Coretta Scott King Author Award for her book Toning the Sweep.

Cynthia Rylant's book Henry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin: The Thirteenth Book of Their Adventures is published.

A car bomb destroys the federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Satirist Dawn Powell's Diaries are published.

Ambrose Bierce's book Monk and the Hangman's Daughter is made into a movie.

Playwright and dramatist Robert E. Lee dies on July 8 in Los Angeles, California.


Two books of poems by Arnold Adoff, Street Music: City Poems (for children) and Slow Dance Heart Break Blues (for young adults) are published.

Sharon Draper's novel Tears of a Tiger is awarded the American Library Association/Coretta Scott King Genesis Award for outstanding new book.

Anthony Libby's collection of poems The Secret Turning of the Earth wins the Wick Poetry Chapbook Open Competition.

Erma Bombeck's book All I know about Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room is published.

The Well: David's Story is a novel published by Mildred Taylor.

Lois McMaster Bujold's novel Mirror Dance wins a Nebula Award for best novel from the Science Fiction Writers of America and a 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.

William Matthews's book of poetry titled Time and Money receives a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Jericho by Janet Hickman is a fiction honor book in the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards.

Sharon Creech's novel Absolutely Normal Chaos is published.

Jane Louise Curry's novel Robin Hood in the Greenwood is published.

H. M. Hoover publishes the novel The Winds of Mars. The book wins a Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature.

That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley, a novel by Allan Eckert, is published and named runner-up for the Spur Award of the Western Writers of America.

Harlan Ellison's short story "Chatting with Anubis," written especially for Ellison's Dream Corridor #4, won the Deathrealm Award for Best Short Fiction of 1995 and the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in short fiction. This year he also receives the first Living Legend award given by the International Horror Critics at the World Horror Convention. Finally this year, Ellison's debut monthly comic book Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor is published.

Mary Oliver's book of prose Blue Pastures is published.

R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series heads to television where it is produced by Scholastic Inc. Also this year, Stine kicks off the Give Yourself Goosebumps series.

Dav Pilkey's books Hallo-Wiener and Dragon's Fat Cat are published.

Fantasy and science fiction writer Roger Zelazny dies on June 14.

Angela Johnson's book Shoes Like Miss Alice's is published.

Margaret Peterson Haddix's novel Running Out Of Time is published.

Carolyn Keene's (Mildred Wirt Benson) novel series Nancy Drew is made into a television series.

Virginia Hamilton, a gifted storyteller and author of children's books, becomes the first children's writer to win a John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur genius grant, and she is awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal by the Association for Library Service to Children. Also this year, two of her novels, Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales and Jaguarundi, are published. In addition, Hamilton wins the Coretta Scott King Author Award for her book Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales and True Tales.

Touch the Poem, written by Arnold Adoff and illustrated by Bill Creevy, is published.

Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writings from America's Favorite Humorist is published.

Thomas Berger's book Suspects is published.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Bosnian Peace Agreement, negotiated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is signed. This ends a civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina that has claimed more than 250,000 lives. U. S. Troops are sent to Bosnia to help lay the ground work for NATO peacekeepers.


Rita Dove receives the Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities, as well as the Charles Frankel Prize/National Humanities Medal, the highest honor our government presents for writers and scholars. Also this year, Dove's work Umoja -- Each One Of Us Counts, which was commissioned by the Atlanta Olympic Summer Games, is performed there in July.

Sharon Draper's book Tears of a Tiger is named to the Best Book For Young Adults List by the American Library Association.

Toni Morrison receives the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

On April 22, Erma Bombeck dies from complications of a kidney transplant.

In December, on the centennial of his birth, a bust of Louis Bromfield is placed in the lobby of the Ohio Department of Agriculture's new headquarters in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Lois McMaster Bujold's novel Memory is published and is a Hugo and Nebula Award nominee. The Hugo Award is a science fiction achievement award given by the World Science Fiction Society. Nebula Awards are presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) to acknowledge excellence in science fiction writing.

Time and Money, a collection of poems by Williams Matthews, is a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

Mark Winegardner publishes Veracruz Blues, his first novel.

Sharon Creech's novel Pleasing the Ghost is published.

Lynda Durrant publishes her first novel for young people, titled Echohawk.

Jane Louise Curry's novel Moon Window is published.

Harlan Ellison receives the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association. The Association also awards Ellison's short story "Chatting with Anubis" (written especially for the comic book series Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor #4) the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction. Also, his novel Dream Corridor and the short story "Slippage" are published. Finally, Ellison's magazine is relaunched in book style as Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor Quarterly.

Two James Cross Giblin books are published: Our Stories: A Fiction Workshop for Young Authors and The Dwarf, the Giant, and the Unicorn: A Tale of King Arthur.

Nikki Giovanni receives the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters. Also this year, five of Giovanni's books are published: The Genie in the Jar, coauthored by Chris Raschka; Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking at the Harlem Renaissance Through Poems; The Sun Is So Quiet, which is coauthored by Ashley Bryan; Life Vol. 1: Through Black Eyes; and The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1995.

John Jakes: A Critical Companion is published. The book, written by Dr. Mary Ellen Jones of Wittenberg University, is a scholarly study of his novels.

Andre Norton's book The Mage Stone is published.

Two Dav Pilkey books are published: Dragon Gets By and Paperboy.

Margaret Peterson Haddix's novel Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey is published.

Craig Holden's novel The Last Sanctuary is published.

Ten of the eleven books comprising R. L. Stine's new series Ghosts of Fear Street are published.

Three Cynthia Rylant books are published this year: The Whales, Mr. Putter and the Tabby Cat, and The Bookshop Dog.

Virginia Hamilton's novel When Birds Could Talk and Bats Could Sing: The Adventures of Bruh Sparrow, Sis Wren and Their Friends is published.

Erma Bombeck's book Breast Cancer? Let Me Check My Schedule is published.

Arnold Adoff's book Love Letters is published.

Sharon Creech's novel Chasing Redbird is published. Later this year, the novel receives an ALA Best Books Award and a Great Lakes Book Award.


Sharon Draper, an author and language arts teacher at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, is named National Teacher of the Year and Ohio Teacher of the Year. In addition, Draper is named as one of the four recipients of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Also this year, Draper publishes the sequel to Tears of the Tiger. Forged by Fire receives the Coretta Scott King Award. Draper also publishes a book for teachers titled Teaching From the Heart: Reflections, Encouragement and Inspiration.

The National Popular Culture Association gives Allan Eckert their Writer of the Year Award for his entire body of work. Also this year, Eckert's novel The World of Opals is published.

John Jakes receives the Professional Achievement Award of The Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Harlan Ellison receives a Spotlite Award from the Computer Game Developers' Association for the "Adaptation of Linear Media." Ellison worked with Cyberdreams to adapt his collection of short stories I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream into a 3-D computer game.

James Cross Giblin's book Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero is published. Also published this year: a book Giblin coauthored with David Frampton titled When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS.

Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni is published.

Rita Dove's play The Darker Face of the Earth opens at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in October. The following month, the drama has a four-week run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me, a novel by Herbert Gold, is published.

Tracey Dils publishes Big, Bad Bugs, a book for young children.

Poet William Matthews receives the Ruth Lilly Prize, one of the largest awards and one of the most prestigious literary honors given to poets.

Mary Oliver's book West Wind is published.

Dav Pilkey publishes The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel, the first of his Captain Underpants series. The book is hailed as the Funniest Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and is an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.

Leaving Fishers, a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is published.

Cynthia Rylant books published this year include: Blue Hill Meadows, Poppleton, Poppleton and Friends, Scarecrow, Henry and Mudge in the Family Tree, Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane, and Cat Heaven.

Virginia Hamilton's novel A Ring of Tricksters: Animal Tales from America, the West Indies and Africa is published.

Natalie Babbitt's book Ouch! is published.

Komarr, a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold, is published and wins a Minnesota Book Award in the Science Ficton and Fantasy category.

It Came From Ohio! My Life As a Writer by R. L. Stine is published.

Sharon Creech's novel Bloomability is published and receives a Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award. Also this year, Creech is a finalist in the 1997 Parents' Choice Award, Silver Honor.

Poet William Matthews dies of a heart attack on November 12, the day after his birthday.


Jane Louise Curry's novel The Dark Shade is published.

Children's author Tracey Dils receives the Alice Louise Wood Memorial Ohioana Award for Children's Literature. Also this year, Dils publishes You Can Write Children's Books, which is part of the Writer's Digest series You Can Write It, and Real-Life Strange Encounters, a book of twelve stories of unexplained mysteries.

Sharon Draper's novel Forged by Fire receives the ALA BEST Book Award. Draper is also named Duncanson Artist-in-Residence for the Taft Museum in Cincinnati.

Allan Eckert's novel Return to Hawk's Hill is published.

Harlan Ellison receives a Locus Poll Award for best story collection for Slippage.

Nikki Giovanni receives the NAACP Image Award for Literature. Also this year, her book Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor is published, and she is interviewed and appears in the television series Tell About the South: Voices in Black and White -- The History of Modern Southern Literature.

John Jakes's novel American Dreams is published.

The Beaded Moccasins: The Story of Mary Campbell is published by Lynda Durrant. The Beaded Moccasins is honored as one of the New York Public Library's One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing and as an American Library Association's Notable Children's Book in the field of social studies.

Angela Johnson publishes her novel Heaven.

Andre Norton receives the World Fantasy Convention's Life Achievement Award this year, and she publishes two books, The Scent of Magic, and Ciara's Song, which is coauthored by Lyn McConchie.

Rita Dove's Seven for Luck, poems she wrote with music by John Williams, is performed at Tanglewood Music Center.

Mary Oliver's book Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse is published.

Susannah, a historical novel written by Janet Hickman, is published.

After All: Last Poems by William Matthews is published posthumously.

On August 7, American embassies in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya are destroyed by terrorist bombs.

On August 20, American forces launch air strikes at two targets in retaliation for the American embassy bombings in eastern Africa. The targets are a terrorist training facility in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan.

A number of Cynthia Rylant's books are published this year: Mr. Putter and Tabby Toot the Horn, Bear Day, Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night, Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Crackers, Tulip Sees America, and Poppleton Everyday.

Several of Angela Johnson's books are published this year: Songs of Faith, Heaven, and The Other Side, The Shorter Poems.

R. L. Stine's Give Yourself Goosebumps Special Edition series and the Goosebumps 2000 series are both launched this year.

Margaret Peterson Haddix's novel series Among The Hidden is published.

On October 20, Ohioan John Glenn returns to space and becomes the oldest astronaut in history when Discovery OV103 is launched from the Kennedy Space Center. His designation on the mission is Payload Specialist 2.

Virginia Hamilton's book series Second Cousins is published.

John Jakes writes the text and lyrics for a musical adaptation of Great Expectations, which premieres at the Self Family Arts Center in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Thomas Berger's book The Return of Little Big Man is published.

Lois McMaster Bujold's novel A Civil Campaign, which is the direct sequel to Komarr, is published. The novel is nominated both for a Hugo Award, which is given by the World Science Fiction Society, and a Nebula Award, which is given by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Both awards are for excellence in science fiction writing.

Sharon Creech's novel Bloomability receives the IRA/CBC (International Reading Association/Children's Book Council) Children's Choices Award.


Rita Dove is appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for a two-year term. Dove also held this position in 1993 while she was Poet Laureate of the United States. Also this year, Dove publishes a book of poetry titled On the Bus with Rosa Parks.

Sharon Draper publishes the teen novel Romiette and Julio, a modernized version of the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet.

Lynda Durrant is an Ohioana Award Winner for her book The Beaded Moccasins.

R. L. Stine is honored as an Ohioana Award Winner "because he writes stories that children want to read."

Angela Johnson wins the Coretta Scott King Author Award for her novel Heaven, and her book The Other Side: Shorter Poems is a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.

Jane Louise Curry's novel A Stolen Life is published.

The Paperboy, with story and paintings by Dav Pilkey, is published and chosen as a Caldecott Honor Book.

Allan Eckert and Toni Morrison tie for first place as Ohio's Favorite Ohio Writer of All Time. Eckert's novel The Frontiersmen is selected as Ohioans' favorite book "About Ohio or an Ohioan."

Dreaming of Baseball, a chapbook of poems on baseball, is published by Ron McFarland.

The historical novel Turtle Clan Journey by Lynda Durrant is published.

James Cross Giblin's book The Mystery of the Mammoth Bones and How It Was Solved is published.

Several of Nikki Giovanni's books are published this year: Blues: For All the Changes: New Poems; I Am the Darker Brother, coauthored by Benny Andrews and Arnold Adoff; and a collection edited by Giovanni titled Grand Fathers: Reminiscences, Poems, Recipes and Photos of the Keepers of Our Traditions.

Herbert Gold's novel The Age of Happy Problems is published.

Trappings: New Poems, written by Richard Howard, is published.

Simmer Dim, a collection of poems by William Greenway, is published.

Mary Oliver's book Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems is published.

Angela Johnson receives the Coretta Scott King Author Award for her book Heaven. Also, Johnson's book The Other Side: Shorter Poems is published this year and is honored as the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.

Just Ella, a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is published.

Craig Holden's mystery Four Corners of Night is published and receives the Great Lakes Award for fiction.

Virginia Hamilton's novel Bluish is published.

Malcolm X, a biography of the Black Muslim leader by Arnold Adoff, is published this year, along with the fictional The Return of Rex and Ethel, and two books of his poetry, The Basket Counts and Touch the Poem.

The Political Plays of Langston Hughes is published on his birthday in February of this year.

Sharon Creech's novel The Wanderer is published.


James Cross Giblin's book The Century That Was: Reflections on the Last One Hundred Years is published.

Rita Dove receives the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book On the Bus with Rosa Parks.

Richard Howard's new translation of the beloved classic The Little Prince is published.

R. L. Stine is certified in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling children's series author in history for the Goosebumps series. Stine kicks off his new series, The Nightmare Room, with the book, Liar, Liar, and becomes the first children's book writer to match each book in this series with an online presence at www.thenightmareroom.com. And his book Locker 13 is honored with Disney Adventures' Kid's Choice Awards as Best Horror/Mystery Book.

Langston Hughes's Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Volume 5: The Plays to 1942 is published.

Lynda Durrant publishes Betsy Zane, the Rose of Fort Henry.

Daniel Keyes's novel Flowers for Algernon is made into a television movie. Also this year, his autobiography, Algernon, Charlie and I, is published.

To the King a Daughter, coauthored by Andre Norton and Sasha Miller, is published.

Ron McFarland publishes two books: Stranger in Town, a collection of poems, and Catching First Light, a book of his essays and stories about life in Idaho.

Mary Oliver's book-length poem, The Leaf and the Cloud, is published and is featured in the books of Best American Poetry for 1999 and 2000.

Angela Johnson's collection of inspirational short stories, Gone From Home, is published.

The Girl Who Spun Gold, coauthored by Virginia Hamilton and Diane Dillon, is published.

On December 13, George W. Bush formally accepts the presidency, having won a slim majority in the electoral college. He does not receive a majority of the popular vote.

John Jakes's musical adaptation of Great Expectations is scored by Tony-nominated composer Mel Marvin. Also this year, his novel On Secret Service is published.

Poet Christine Delea publishes the chapbook Ordinary Days in Ordinary Places.

In 1906, William Dean Howells joined eleven other authors in an attempt to write successive chapters in a book. That book, The Whole Family: A Novel by Twelve Authors, is published in 2001.

Arnold Adoff's book Daring Dog and Captain Cat is published.

Sharon Creech's novels receive a number of awards this year. The Wanderer receives a Newbery Honor Award and a Christopher Award. Love that Dog receives a Christopher Award.

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