1997 in literature
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The year 1997 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
February 20 - Allen Ginsberg makes his final public appearance at the NYU Poetry Slam. Ginsberg continued to write through his final illness, with his last poem, "Things I'll Not Do (Nostalgias)", written on March 30.
- June 30 - Publication of J. K. Rowling's first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by Bloomsbury Publishing in London.
- October - Jacket online literary magazine founded.
- November 24 - New British Library building in London, designed by Colin St John Wilson, opens to readers.
- December 30 - The memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is removed from the ninth-grade English curriculum in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, because it "portrays white people as being horrible, nasty, stupid people".
- Tom Clancy signs a book deal with Pearson Custom Publishing and Penguin Putnam Inc. (both part of Pearson Education), giving him US$50 million for the world-English rights to two new books . A second agreement gives him another US$25 million for a four-year book/multimedia deal. Clancy follows this up with an agreement with Berkley Books for 24 paperbacks to tie in with the an ABC television miniseries in an agreement worth US$22 million bringing the total value of the package to US$97 million.
- Shakespeare's Globe in London, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan Globe Theatre, opens with a production of Henry V.
- Ben Aaronovitch & Kate Orman - So Vile a Sin
- Mitch Albom - Tuesdays With Morrie
- Martin Amis - Night Train
- Iain Banks - A Song of Stone
- John Banville - The Untouchable
- Hazel Barnes - The Story I Tell Myself
- Marie Bashkirtseff - I Am the Most Interesting Book of All (Translation)
- Raymond Benson - Tomorrow Never Dies and Zero Minus Ten
- Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman - Vampire Science
- Roberto Bolaño - Last Evenings on Earth (Llamadas Telefonicas)
- 'Asta Bowen - Wolf: A Journey Home
- Simon Bucher-Jones - Ghost Devices
- Christopher Bulis - A Device of Death
- Tim Burton - The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories
- Candace Bushnell - Sex and the City
- Peter Carey - Jack Maggs
- Agatha Christie
- Mary Higgins Clark - Pretend You Don't See Her
- Warwick Collins - Gents
- Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Tiger and Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur
- Patricia Cornwell - Hornet's Nest and Unnatural Exposure
- Paul Cornell - Oh No It Isn't!
- Jim Crace - Quarantine
- Robert Crais - Indigo Slam
- Ann C. Crispin - The Hutt Gambit and The Paradise Snare
- Don DeLillo - Underworld
- Anita Diamant - The Red Tent
- Terrance Dicks - The Eight Doctors and Mean Streets
- Fernanda Eberstadt - When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth
- Charles Frazier - Cold Mountain
- Anthony Frewin - London Blues
- John Grisham - The Partner
- Barbara Hambly - Planet of Twilight
- Allison Hedge Coke - Dog Road Woman American Book Award winner 1998
- Matt Jones - Beyond the Sun
- Sebastian Junger - The Perfect Storm
- Winona LaDuke - Last Standing Woman
- Joe R. Lansdale - Bad Chili
- Paul Leonard - Genocide
- Ann-Marie MacDonald - Fall on Your Knees
- Bernard MacLaverty - Grace Notes
- Ian R. MacLeod - Voyages by Starlight
- Norman Mailer - The Gospel According to the Son
- Ian McEwan - Enduring Love
- David A. McIntee - The Dark Path
- Lawrence Miles - Alien Bodies and Down
- Mark Morris - The Bodysnatchers
- Toni Morrison - Paradise
- Jim Mortimore - Eternity Weeps
- Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum - The Room With No Doors, So Vile a Sin and Vampire Science
- Lance Parkin - The Dying Days
- James Patterson - Cat and Mouse
- Cyril Pearl - Morisson of Peking
- John Peel - War of the Daleks
- Marc Platt - Lungbarrow
- Terry Pratchett - Jingo
- Philip Pullman - The Subtle Knife
- Thomas Pynchon - Mason & Dixon
- Kathy Reichs - Déjà Dead
- Nina Revoyr - The Necessary Hunger
- Justin Richards - Dragons' Wrath
- Mordecai Richler - Barney's Version
- Gareth Roberts - The Well-Mannered War
- Philip Roth - American Pastoral
- J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
- Don Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements
- Gary Russell - Deadfall and Instruments of Darkness
- Sarah Ferguson - Budgie the Little Helicopter
- Will Self - Great Apes
- Carol Shields - Larry's Party
- Sidney Sheldon - The Best Laid Plans
- Michael Stackpole - The Bacta War
- Danielle Steel - The Ghost, The Ranch and Special Delivery
- Dave Stone - Burning Heart and Ship of Fools
- William Sutcliffe - Are You Experienced?
- Antonio Tabucchi - The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro
- Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now
- Kurt Vonnegut - Timequake
- Vivian Walsh - Olive, the Other Reindeer
- Timothy Zahn - Specter of the Past
- Roger Zelazny and Jane Lindskold - Donnerjack
- Binod Bihari Verma - Nayanmani Maithili Novel
- Karen Armstrong - Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
- Dave Barry - Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs
- Jean-Dominique Bauby - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
- Cari Beauchamp - Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood
- Bill Bryson - A Walk in the Woods
- Iris Chang - The Rape of Nanking
- Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs and Steel
- Alan Downs - Beyond the Looking Glass: Overcoming the Seductive Culture of Corporate Narcissism
- Michael Drosnin - The Bible Code
- Gerina Dunwich - A Wiccan's Guide to Prophecy and Divination
- Stephen Fry - Moab Is My Washpot (autobiography)
- Charlotte Gray - Mrs. King 
- Reinhold Heller - Toulouse-Lautrec: The Soul of Montmartre
- James McBride - The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
- Maria Todorova - Imagining the Balkans
- Jesse Lee Kercheval - Building Fiction
- January 19 - James Dickey, poet, novelist
- February 3 - Bohumil Hrabal, Czech novelist (born 1914)
- April 5 - Allen Ginsberg, poet (born 1926; liver cancer)
- June 8 - George Turner, Australian novelist and critic (born 1916)
- July 26 - Joseph Henry Reason, librarian (born 1905))
- August 2 - William S. Burroughs, novelist (born 1914
- August 27 - Johannes Edfelt, Swedish poet, translator and critic (born 1904)
- October 14 - Harold Robbins, novelist (born 1916)
- October 16 - James A. Michener, novelist and historian (born 1907)
- November 6 - Leon Forrest, novelist and essayist (born 1937; cancer).
- November 30 - Kathy Acker, novelist and poet (born 1947; breast cancer)
- The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Eva Sallis, Hiam
- C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Les Murray, Subhuman Redneck Poems
- Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Anthony Lawrence, The Viewfinder
- Mary Gilmore Prize: Morgan Yasbincek, Night Reversing
- Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award: Rachel Rose
- Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Mordecai Richler, Barney's Version
- See 1997 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction: Anne Mullens, Timely Death
- Prix Goncourt: Patrick Rambaud, La Bataille
- Prix Décembre: Lydie Salvayre, La Compagnie des spectres
- Prix Médicis International: T. Coraghessan Boyle, America
- Prix Médicis French: Les Sept Noms du peintre - Philippe Le Guillou
- Booker Prize: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
- Carnegie Medal for children's literature: Tim Bowler, River Boy
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Andrew Miller, Ingenious Pain
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: R. F. Foster, William Butler Yeats: A Life, Volume 1 - The Apprentice Mage 1965-1914
- Cholmondeley Award: Alison Brackenbury, Gillian Clarke, Tony Curtis, Anne Stevenson
- Eric Gregory Award: Matthew Clegg, Sarah Corbett, Polly Clark, Tim Kendall, Graham Nelson, Matthew Welton
- Orange Prize for Fiction: Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
- Whitbread Best Book Award: Ted Hughes, Tales from Ovid
- Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Richard Blanco, City of a Hundred Fires
- Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry: Fred Chappell
- American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Poetry, John Ashbery
- Compton Crook Award: Richard Garfinkle, Celestial Matters
- Hugo Award: Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
- Nebula Award: Vonda McIntyre, The Moon and the Sun
- Newbery Medal for children's literature: E. L. Konigsburg, The View from Saturday
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: no award given
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Steven Millhauser - Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Lisel Mueller: Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
- Wallace Stevens Award: Anthony Hecht
- Hampton, Wilborn (April 6, 1997). "Allen Ginsberg, Master Poet Of Beat Generation, Dies at 70". New York Times. Archived from the original on March 11, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2008.
- Allen Ginsberg, Collected Poems 1947–1997, pp. 1160–61.
- "Harry Potter, 'Huckleberry Finn' among controversial..". Banned books. CNN.
- Faculty of Arts, 1998, Edna Staebler Award, Wilfrid Laurier University, Previous winners, Charlotte Gray, Retrieved 11/24/2012
- Owens, Irene (January 2003). "Reason, Joseph Henry". In Donald G. Davis. Dictionary of American Library Biography: Second supplement. Libraries Unlimited. pp. 182–186. ISBN 978-1-56308-868-1.
- 2003 Penguin Modern Classics edition of Junky.
- Onishi, Norimitsu. "Leon Forrest, 60, a Novelist Who Explored Black History", The New York Times, November 10, 1997.
- Kathy Acker and Transnationalism, ed. Polina Mackay and Kathryn Nicol (Cambridge Scholars, 2009)
- Faculty of Arts, 1997, , Wilfrid Laurier University, Previous winners, Anne Mullens, Retrieved 11/17/2012