Decatur Library Auditorium
May 21, 2018, 7:15p.m.
Inspired by true events, The Vain Conversation reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters, one of the victims, a presumed perpetrator, and a ten-year-old witness to the murders. In The Vain Conversation, Grooms seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire, and occasional levity, he explores what it means to offer and receive redemption, and the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere. Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, Grooms’ novels Bombingham and Trouble No More were selected as “Books All Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book. He currently teaches writing and American Literature at Kennesaw State University.