The author of "Forrest Gump" is scheduled to speak at the University of Alabama.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/QHNq3l) that Winston Groom will speak at noon on Oct. 29 at the Ferguson Theater on the campus.
The event is free and open to the public.
Groom is a 1965 University of Alabama graduate. He is expected to discuss the influence of the university and football on his writing.
Groom published "Forrest Gump" in 1986. The book was adapted into a 1994 film starring Tom Hanks. Groom also is the author of more than a dozen other books, including "The Crimson Tide," an illustrated history of the team.
Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com
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