'Bombingham’ Author Anthony Grooms To Visit Doane

Author, Anthony Grooms will speak at Doane to talk about his book, Bombingham.Anthony Grooms, award-winning author, poet and playwright, will visit students and speak at Doane Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 at 7 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium.

Grooms will present "The Average All-Around: Moral Courage and Fiction." His novel "Bombingham" was selected as the common book for Doane's Liberal Arts Seminar, a course designed to introduce first-year students to the intellectual expectations of the college, with an emphasis on critical reading and thinking.

"Bombingham" is the story of a middle-class black family driven by its personal chaos. When a family member has to write a letter to the parents of a fallen friend and fellow Vietnam soldier, he is taken back to his childhood amidst the civil rights movement.

A Washington Post reviewer said of the book: "In its insistence that the world is a tumultuous place and every soul in it suffers, this powerful, resonant novel offers no consolations."

In addition to his lecture, Grooms will spend his time on campus meeting with Doane's Liberal Arts Seminar classes.

Grooms grew up in rural Louisa County, Va.  In 1967, as a preface to the forced racial integration of Virginia's public school system, his parents enrolled him in the Freedom of Choice plan that brought about limited integration of the white public schools. Though he notes that many of his attitudes about race and class in the United States were formed before 1967, the school integration experience was a landmark event in his life, contributing to a perspective evident in many of his writings.

Grooms is a two-time recipient of the Lillian Smith Prize for Fiction. In 2006, he lectured as a Fulbright Fellow at the University College of Southern Stockholm in Sweden. His teaching career also has taken him to other colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia, Clark Atlanta University and the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa. He currently is a professor of creative writing at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Ga.           

Grooms was educated at the College of William and Mary and at George Mason University. He has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

He also has published "Ice Poems," a collection of poems, and "Trouble No More," a collection of stories which The Georgia Center for the Book selected as "The book All Georgia Reads," in 2006.

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