publicity photo of author Anthony GroomsApril 2, 2018
7:00 p.m. / Campus Center Ballroom

The UWG 2018 Spring Book Discussion features Anthony Grooms, two-time winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, and author of Bombingham, a fictionalized coming-of-age story set in Birmingham, Alabama, during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. The program will be held in the Campus Center Ballroom at the University of West Georgia on Monday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m. This event, which will include a reception and book-signing, is free and open to the public.   

Mr. Grooms is a rare two-time winner of the South’s oldest and best-known writing award, the Lillian Smith Book Award. Other prestigious recipients of this award include Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, Cormac McCarthy, and Alex Haley.  The Lillian Smith Book Award is presented for books illuminating conditions of racial and social inequity and proposing a vision of justice and human understanding.

A professor of creative writing and literature at Kennesaw State University, Mr. Grooms’ short stories, poems, and novels frequently deal with African American social struggles particularly relating to the era of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement.

Due to a campaign of racially-motivated bombings during the Civil Rights Era, Birmingham was nicknamed Bombingham.  In his book, “Grooms provides a vivid picture of ... the historical conditions of racism accompanied by arbitrary death and violence, and a young boy spiritually wounded by social injustice, violence, and the disintegration of his family.” (Library Journal)

This program is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the University of West Georgia’s Presidential Commission on Campus Inclusion, Ingram Library, West Georgia Athletics, Housing and Residence Life, the Student Activities Council, the Center for Adult Learners and Veterans, and the College of Arts and Humanities. This program is also supported by Horton’s Books & Gifts and Underground Books.

Sign in sheets will be provided for students whose professors wish to offer extra credit.  For further information, please visit or or contact Doris Kieh ( or 678/839-5400) or Craig Schroer ( or 678/839-6355).