The man who made Forrest Gump an American icon and the author of the Civil War epic "Gods and Generals" are coming to Columbus along with the woman who rewrote "Gone With The Wind" from the slaves' view and titled it "The Wind Done Gone."
Their appearances here this spring are part of the area's commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial.
Besides "Gods and Generals," Jeff Shaara authored "The Last Full Measure." He will be at the National Infantry Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24.
Beyond creating the "Forrest Gump" character actor Tom Hanks made a cultural reference point, Winston Groom has chronicled Crimson Tide football and written "Vicksburg: 1863" and "Shrouds of Glory: From Atlanta to Nashville: The Last Great Campaign of the Civil War." He will be at the Springer Opera House at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14.
Besides retelling "Gone With The Wind" from the slave's perspective, Alice Randall is considered the first African-American woman to compose a Billboard-topping country hit “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl).” She is also a music video producer, college professor, screenwriter and foodways expert. She will be at the Columbus Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28.
Books will be on sale at each event, and the authors will sign autographs after they speak. Their visits here are sponsored by The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, the Muscogee County Library Foundation, the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and the Georgia Humanities Council.
For more information, call 706-243-2669.