2013 Awards Luncheon

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Alabama Humanities Foundation Annual Awards Luncheon is shaping up to feature an all-star cast Monday, Oct. 7, at noon at Birmingham’s The Club.

Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Winston Groom will be keynote speaker, and renowned multi-instrumentalist Bobby Horton will be presented with the 2013 Alabama Humanities Award. AHF will also award Don Noble with the Wayne Greenhaw Service Award and Books-A-Million with the Charitable Organization Award.

You can order tickets here or at the bottom of this page using PayPal or a credit card. For ticket price information or to purchase tickets, download this form or call Paul Lawson at (205) 558-3992. Please RSVP by September 30, 2013.


Winston_GroomWinston Groom, Guest Speaker

Winston Groom took the publishing world by storm when his 1986 novel Forrest Gump flew to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 21 weeks. It has sold more than 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone and millions more worldwide. Its popularity soared on the heels of its blockbuster movie adaptation, starring Tom Hanks. The book has also been reprinted in at least 18 languages.

Groom grew up in Mobile. In 1965, he graduated from The University of Alabama and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He served in Vietnam, mostly with the 1st Brigade of the Fourth Infantry Division from July 1966 to September 1967 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He then spent the next eight years working as a reporter and columnist for the Washington Star before becoming a full-time author.

Groom is the author of 18 books. In addition to Forrest Gump and Gump & Co., Groom’s novels include Better Times Than These, Gone the Sun, Only and the award-winning As Summers Die, which was made into a movie starring Bette Davis. He is also the author of Conversations with the Enemy, a non-fiction account of the experience of an American prisoner of war in Vietnam, a brilliantly rendered Pulitzer Prize finalist. His novel Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl, was published in the spring of 1999. Groom’s newest book is THE AVIATORS: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight, the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight and redefined heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage.

Bobby Horton

Bobby Horton, Humanities Award Recipient

Bobby Horton was born and raised in Birmingham. His lifelong passion for music and history began at an early age. With a trumpet-playing father and a banjo playing grandfather, he was exposed to a varied menu of music—from the sound of the big bands, jazz combos and classical to the old time sounds of Southern gospel, sacred harp, and “hillbilly” music.

Most of the men in his young life were World War II veterans. As he listened to their war stories, he made the connection between these stories and the content of his school history books. When he was 9 years-old, the U.S. celebrated the Centennial of the Civil War. This celebration brought the Civil War to the forefront of his interest, and his love of history became deeply rooted.

A seasoned performer, Horton is a music historian, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed with the musical-comedy trio, Three On a String, throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 35 years. He has also produced and performed music scores for 13 PBS films by Ken Burns including The Civil War and Baseball, two films for The A&E network and 16 films for The National Park Service. His recordings of authentic period music have been acclaimed by historical organization and publications through America and Europe.

Don NobleDon Noble, Wayne Greenhaw Service Award Recipient

Don Noble has hosted Alabama Public Television’s literary interview show, Bookmark, since 1988. His weekly reviews of fiction and nonfiction, mainly Southern, air on Alabama Public Radio.

Noble has edited books such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill a Mockingbird, A State of Laughter: Comic Fiction from Alabama, Climbing Mt. Cheaha: Emerging Alabama Writers, Zelda and Hemingway: A Revaluation, The Steinbeck Question: New Essays in Criticism, The Rising South, and A Century Hence.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Humanities Foundation and is an honorary lifetime member of the Alabama Writers’ Forum. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Literary Trail, the Board of Directors of the Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery and is on the Advisory Board for the Alabama Center for the Book.


Books-A-Million Inc., Charitable Organization in the Humanities

Books-A-Million is committed to advancing the humanities throughout the state of Alabama. Its leadership was instrumental in providing new books to libraries across the state that were damaged in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

Books-A-Million is the second largest book retailer in the nation. Founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Books-A-Million has grown to become the premier book retailing chain in the Southeast. Based in Birmingham, the company operates more than 250 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia.


Be sure to include the number of tickets and tables when ordering and to supply a mailing address. Ticket sales end Sept. 30.

Patrons receive preferred seating, a signed book by Winston Groom, complimentary valet parking, and are also invited to a reception honoring Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients.

2013 Alabama Humanities Awards Luncheon Ticket
Price: $50 Each


Table for Eight
Price: $500

Patron Ticket
Price:$150 Each
Patrons receive preferred seating, a signed book by Winston Groom, complimentary valet parking, and are also invited to a reception honoring Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients.

Patron Table for Eight
Price: $1,500
Patrons receive preferred seating, a signed book by Winston Groom, complimentary valet parking, and are also invited to a reception honoring Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients.



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