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October 2011

October 2011

Spend an evening with Winston Groom

The Alabama Writers’ Forum will host an evening with 2011 Harper Lee Award recipient Winston Groom on Thursday, November 17, 7-9 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will be held in The Gold Room at Whitley Hall on the Troy University Montgomery Campus.

Groom will discuss and sign copies of his latest work, Kearny’s March: The Epic Creation of the American West 1846-1848. The book is an historical account of General Stephen Watt Kearny’s Southwestern military campaign during the Mexican War. Books will be available for purchase from Capitol Book & News at the event.

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

Photo of Winston Groom by Squire Fox



Other top news stories

First Draft Newsroom keeps you current on the people, events, and other topics of literary interest in the state and beyond. Top stories in October include:

Football standout, AT&T executive Freddie Robinson applauds Writing Our Stories

UM’s Dancy Lecture Series to feature New Orleans poet Brenda Marie Osbey

USA’s Jesmyn Ward nominated for the National Book Award

Mobile letterpress shop to make a stop in Birmingham



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First Draft Blogs inform, enlighten, and entertain

Read what our members and other notable writers are blogging about. First Draft Blogs offer features and columns from people in the know. Recently posted blogs include:

An Afternoon with Tomas Tranströmer in Stockholm by Steven Ford Brown (Miscellany)

Metrophobia: Its Causes and a Possible Cure by P.T. Paul (Teaching the Craft)

Eating Write-eous Crow by Kathleen Thompson (Honing Your Craft)

Our Not So Distant Past by Noelle Matteson (Young Voices)

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First Draft Reviews Online inform your reading choices

Stuck on what new books to read or to give as gifts? Our book reviews and New Releases feature can help. Browse the page to see what your favorite Alabama authors are publishing.



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Upcoming Literary Events

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Alabama Arts Radio brings you outstanding interviews with your favorite Alabama authors

Each week on the Alabama Arts Radio Series, staff members of the Alabama State Council on the Arts visit with writers, musicians, visual artists, and other individuals who contribute to our state’s rich artistic traditions. Recent literary interviews include Robert Halli, Virginia Gilbert, and Jake Adam York.

Listen Sundays 5-5:30 p.m. on WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery-Troy), WRWA 88.7 (Dothan), and WTJB 91.7 (Columbus-Phenix City). Those farther south may listen Saturdays 2:30-3 p.m. on WHIL 91.3 (Mobile-Biloxi-Pensacola). Broadcasts are also streamed live and archived on the Web.



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