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1997 in Literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in
February 20 - Allen Ginsberg makes a final public appearance at the NYU Poetry Slam. He continues to write through his final illness, his last poem being "Things I'll Not Do (Nostalgias)" written on March 30.  
May 27 - Shakespeare's Globe in London, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan Globe Theatre, opens with a production of Shakespeare's . Henry V
June 3 - The supposed climax of Max Beerbohm's 1916 short story " Enoch Soames" occurs at the old British Museum Reading Room in London.
June 26 - J. K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter , is published in London by Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Bloomsbury Publishing, in an edition of 500 copies.
July 13 - Release (in Ireland) of the film of Patrick McCabe's 1992 novel . The author plays Jimmy The Skite, the town drunk. The Butcher Boy October - The online literary magazine
is founded. Jacket
November 24 - The new British Library building in London designed by Colin St John Wilson opens to readers.
December 30 - The memoir by I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou is removed from the ninth-grade English curriculum in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, for portraying "white people as being horrible, nasty, stupid people".  Tom Clancy signs a deal with Pearson Custom Publishing and Penguin Putnam Inc. giving him US $50 million for the world English rights to two new books. A second agreement pays another $25 million for a four-year book/multimedia deal, and a third, with Berkley Books for 24 paperbacks to tie in with an ABC television miniseries for $22 million.
Children and young people
January 19 - James Dickey, American poet and novelist (born 1923)
February 3 - Bohumil Hrabal, Czech novelist (born 1914)
February 18 - Emily Hahn, American journalist and author (born 1905)
April 5 - Allen Ginsberg, American poet (liver cancer, born 1926) 
May 9 - Rina Lasnier, Canadian poet (born 1915)
May 23 - Alison Adburgham, English social historian and journalist (born 1912)
June 8 - George Turner, Australian novelist and critic (born 1916)
July 26 - Joseph Henry Reason, American librarian (born 1905) 
August 2 - William S. Burroughs, American novelist (born 1914 
August 16 - Gerard McLarnon, Irish actor and playwright (born 1915)
August 27 - Johannes Edfelt, Swedish poet, translator and critic (born 1904)
October 14 - Harold Robbins, American novelist (born 1916)
October 16 - James A. Michener, American novelist and historian (born 1907)
November 6 - Leon Forrest, African American novelist and essayist (cancer, born 1937)  November 30 - Kathy Acker, American novelist and poet (breast cancer, born 1947) 
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
United States Fiction:
Josip Novakovich (fiction/nonfiction), Melanie Rae Thon Nonfiction:
Jo Ann Beard, Suketu Mehta (fiction/nonfiction), Ellen Meloy Plays:
Erik Ehn Poetry: Connie Deanovich, Forrest Gander, Jody Gladding, Mark Turpin
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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 2008.
Ginsberg, Allen. Collected Poems 1947-1997. pp. 1160-61.
"Harry Potter, 'Huckleberry Finn' among controversial". Banned books. CNN. Archived from the original on 2004-08-05.
Owens, Irene (January 2003). "Reason, Joseph Henry". In Donald G. Davis (ed.). . Libraries Unlimited. pp. 182-186. Dictionary of American Library Biography: Second supplement ISBN . 978-1-56308-868-1
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,
, Edna Staebler Award Archived 2014-06-06 at Archive-It Wilfrid Laurier University, Previous winners, Anne Mullens, Retrieved 11/17/2012