Anthony Grooms began his enviable career with the marvelous novel, Bombingham, which informed the reader that often some of the truest history of Americans is told in the stories of those who live at the periphery of historical moments. Now with his new novel, The Vain Conversation, Grooms continues with that special way of seeing human history with the journey of Lonnie Henson, a white boy in rural Bethany, Georgia, at the end of World War II. Though Grooms subject matter varies, his work tends to focus on characters struggling with the uncertainty of the Civil Rights Movement. Grooms has received many awards for his writings: the Lillian Smith Prize for Fiction (twice), the Sokolov Scholarship of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Lamar lectureship of Wesleyan College, and an Arts Administration Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006, the Georgia Center of the Book chose two of Grooms’ published works, Ice Poems and Trouble No More, for the “Top 25 List of Books all Georgians should Read. He has been a Finalist for the Legacy Award from Hurston-Wright Foundation, and in 2006 he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship in 2006 to teach and research in Stockholm, Sweden. Grooms is currently a professor of Creative Writing at Kennesaw State University.
Titles @ Twilight promotes local authors, whose stories of history and the South represent a variety of perspectives. Join us each month for a new topic and new perspective! Titles @ Twilight is FREE to attend and takes place in the Community Room at the Heritage Sandy Springs administrative building, 6110 Blue Stone Road.