1996 in literature

1996 in literature

The year 1996 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*Harper Lee's novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird", is removed from an advanced placement English reading list in Lindale, Texas because it "conflicted with the values of the community."
* In the United Kingdom, the first Orange Prize for Fiction for female novelists is awarded.
* First performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues".
* Peter O'Donnell publishes "Cobra Trap", his final volume of adventures featuring Modesty Blaise; the first book in the series was published in 1965.
* Margaret Mitchell's long-lost first novella, "Lost Laysen", is published 80 years after it was written.
*At the special request of Nelson Mandela, Benjamin Zephaniah hosts the president's Two Nations Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

New books

*Stephen Ambrose - "Undaunted Courage"
*Jeffrey Archer - "The Fourth Estate"
*Margaret Atwood - "Alias Grace"
*David Baldacci - "Absolute Power"
*Alex Garland - "The Beach"
*Iain M. Banks - "Excession"
*John Berendt - "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
*Brett Butler - "Knee Deep in Paradise"
*Ann Chamberlin - "Sofia; The Sultan's Daughter"
*Tom Clancy - "Executive Orders"
*Mary Higgins Clark - "Moonlight Becomes You"
*Joseph Connolly - "This Is It"
*Bernard Cornwell - "The Bloody Ground" and "Enemy of God"
*Douglas Coupland - "Polaroids from the Dead"
*Amanda Craig - "A Vicious Circle"
*John Darnton - "Neanderthal"
*Seamus Deane - "Reading in the Dark"
*Stephen R. Donaldson - ""
*Ben Elton - "Popcorn"
*Mavis Gallant - "Selected Stories"
*John Gardner - "COLD"
*Richard Garfinkle - "Celestial Matters"
*William Golding - "The Double Tongue"
*John Grisham - "The Runaway Jury" and "Hackers" (short story collection)
*James L. Halperin - "The Truth Machine"
*Colin Harrison - "Manhattan Nocturne
*Elisabeth Harvor - "Let Me Be the One", stories (Canada)
*Nancy Huston - "The Goldberg Variations"
*Tama Janowitz - "By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee"
*Matt Jones - "Bad Therapy"
*Joe Klein - "Primary Colors" (published anonymously)
*Dean R. Koontz - "Intensity"
*Michael P. Kube-McDowell - "Before the Storm", "Shield of Lies" and "Tyrant's Test"
*Hugh Laurie - "The Gun Seller"
*John le Carré - "The Tailor of Panama"
*Paul Leonard - "Speed of Flight"
*Steve Lyons - "Killing Ground"
*David A. McIntee - "The Shadow of Weng-Chiang"
*Terry McMillan - "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"
*Vladimir Megre - "Anastasiya"
*Lawrence Miles - "Christmas on a Rational Planet"
*Rohinton Mistry - "A Fine Balance"
*Joyce Carol Oates - "We Were the Mulvaneys"
*Daniel O'Mahony - "The Man in the Velvet Mask"
*Kate Orman - "Return of the Living Dad" and "SLEEPY"
*Chuck Palahniuk - "Fight Club"
*Lance Parkin - "Cold Fusion" and "Just War"
*Marc Platt - "Downtime"
*Terry Pratchett - "Feet of Clay" and "Hogfather"
*James Redfield - "The Tenth Insight"
*Justin Richards - "The Sands of Time"
*Gareth Roberts - "The English Way of Death" and "The Plotters"
*Mary Rosenblum - "Synthesis & Other Virtual Realities"
*Kristine Kathryn Rusch - "The New Rebellion"
*Gary Russell - "The Scales of Injustice"
*Al-Tayyib Salih - "Bandarshah"
*Jeff Shaara - "Gods and Generals"
*Michael Slade - "Zombie" aka "Evil Eye"
*Michael Stackpole - "The Krytos Trap", "Rogue Squadron and "Wedge's Gamble"
*Dave Stone - "Death and Diplomacy"
*Guy Vanderhaeghe - "The Englishman's Boy"
*David Foster Wallace - "Infinite Jest"

New drama

*Jeff Baron - "Visiting Mr. Green"


*L. Sprague de Camp
**"Rubber Dinosaurs and Wooden Elephants"
*Diane Francis - "Fighting for Canada" (Maîtres Chanteurs Chez Nous!)
*Charles Isherwood - "Wonder Bread and Ecstasy"
*Michael Moore - "Downsize This!"
*Kiki - "Kiki's Memoirs" (translation by Samuel Putnam)




* January 28 - Jerry Siegel, cartoonist, creator of "Superman"
* February 11 - Bob Shaw, science fiction writer.
* December 11 Willie Rushton, UK comedian and cartoonist


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Wislawa Szymborska


* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Bernard Cohen, "The Blindman's Hat"
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Peter Bakowski, "In the Human Night"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Eric Beach, "Weeping for Lost Babylon"
* Mary Gilmore Prize: Jordie Albiston, "Nervous Arcs"


* Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award
* Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Margaret Atwood: - "Alias Grace"
* See 1996 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Goncourt: Pascale Roze, "Le Chasseur Zéro"
* Prix Décembre: Régis Debray, "Loués soient nos seigneurs: une éducation politique"
* Prix Médicis French: "Orlanda" - Jacqueline Harpman and "L'Organisation" - Jean Rolin
* Prix Médicis International: "Himmelfarb" - Michael Kruger, Germany and "Sonietchka" - Ludmila Oulitskaïa, Russia

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: Graham Swift, "Last Orders"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Graham Swift, "Last Orders", and Alice Thompson, "Justine"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Diarmaid MacCulloch, "Thomas Cranmer: A Life"
* Cholmondeley Award: Elizabeth Bartlett, Dorothy Nimmo, Peter Scupham, Iain Crichton Smith
* Eric Gregory Award: Sue Butler, Cathy Cullis, Jane Griffiths, Jane Holland, Chris Jones, Sinead Morrissey, Kate Thomas
* Orange Prize for Fiction: Helen Dunmore, "A Spell of Winter"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Peter Redgrove
* Whitbread Best Book Award: Seamus Heaney, "The Spirit Level"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Helen Conkling, "Red Peony Night"
* Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry: John Voiklis, "The Princeling's Apology", and (separately) Sarah Arvio, "Visits from the Seventh"
* Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry: Kenneth Koch, "One Train"
* Compton Crook Award: Daniel Graham Jr., "The Gatekeepers"
* Hugo Award: Neal Stephenson, "The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer"
* Nebula Award: Nicola Griffith, "Slow River"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Karen Cushman, "The Midwife's Apprentice"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Jonathan Larson, "Rent"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Richard Ford - "Independence Day"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Jorie Graham: "The Dream of the Unified Field"
* Wallace Stevens Award: Adrienne Rich


* IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: David Malouf, "Remembering Babylon"
*Premio Nadal: Pedro Maestre, "Matando dinosaurios con tirachinas"

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