'Bombingham' author to speak Oct. 2

Anthony GroomsAnthony Grooms, whose novel “Bombingham” was selected for campuswide reading under the SUNY Oswego Reading Initiative, will speak at the college at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

His admission-free talk will take place in the Hewitt Union ballroom. It is one of many special events tied in with the acclaimed novel’s selection under the Oswego Reading Initiative.

“Bombingham” features protagonist Walter Burke fighting in Vietnam and flashing back to his childhood in racially charged Birmingham, Ala., during the opening pangs of the civil rights movement.

“‘Bombingham’ is a powerful novel with passages that linger in the mind long after the book is put down,” the Chicago Tribune noted. The Village Voice said the book “is constructed so well that it could be used as a textbook in writing classes. It’s a perfect traditional novel.”

Grooms is a professor of creative writing at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta. He has also published “Trouble No More,” a book of short stories set mostly in the American South through the 1960s, as well as a collection of poetry titled “Ice Poems.”

He has earned a Fulbright Fellowship, an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two Lillian Smith Awards from the Southern Regional Council.

Admission is free, but due to anticipated demand, advance reservations are recommended by contacting Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Sep 12, 2007)