University of Alabama Winston Groom

The author of "Forrest Gump" is scheduled to speak at the University of Alabama.

The Tuscaloosa News reports ( 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.