Author Winston Groom to discuss new book at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 03 November 2011

MONTGOMERY—Renowned Alabama writer Winston Groom, author of "Forrest Gump," will discuss and sign copies of his latest book during an appearance at Troy University on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The event will be held at the Montgomery Campus, inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Groom's latest work is "Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West 1846-1848." The book is an historical account of Gen. Stephen Watt Kearney's military campaign during the Mexican War. Books will be available for purchase from Capitol Books and News at the event.

A native of Mobile and a graduate of the University of Alabama, Groom gained literary fame with his New York Times-bestseller "Forrest Gump" and its blockbuster film adaptation starring Tom Hanks.

He is the author of fourteen books. In addition to "Forrest Gump" and "Gump & Co.", Groom's novels include "Better Times Than These," the award-winning "As Summers Die," which was made into a movie starring Bette Davis, "Only," "Gone the Sun," and "Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl."

He is also a renowned author of history, including the prize-winning "Shrouds of Glory," inspired by the tales of his great-grandfather who fought for the Confederate Army.

Groom's honors include the 2011 Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Author of The Year.

This event is sponsored by the Alabama Writers' Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Troy University Montgomery Campus Department of English, and Capitol Book & News.

For more information, contact the Alabama Writers' Forum at 334-265-7728 or