The Alabama Writers Hall of Fame will induct eight new members in its third class, including University of Alabama alumni Winston Groom and Gay Talese.

The induction ceremony will be Thursday at UA’s Bryant Conference Center on campus.

The 2018 class also includes Charles Gaines, Shirley Ann Grau, William Bradford Huie, Wayne Greenhaw, James Haskins and Joseph Glover Baldwin. Huie, Greenhaw, Haskins and Baldwin are being inducted posthumously.

The event is sponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book at UA and the Alabama Writers’ Forum, a nonprofit based in Montgomery.

Groom, a UA alumnus and author of both fiction and nonfiction, is best known for his book “Forrest Gump,” which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks.

Talese, a UA alumnus and best-selling author author of 15 books, is credited with founding the “New Journalism” movement and known for his profiles including “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” published in Esquire.

Gaines, a Birmingham-Southern College alumnus and novelist, is the author of “Stay Hungry” which was about the subculture of bodybuilding during the early 1970s.

Grau, a Pulitzer Prize winner who grew up in Montgomery and Selma, is known for her stories about women often set in the Deep South.

Huie, a UA alumnus, is known for his fiction and non-fiction works about topics related to World War II and the civil rights movement. His works include “The Americanization of Emily,” “The Execution of Private Slovick” and “He Slew the Dreamer.”

Greenhaw, a UA alumnus, is an author and journalist known for writing about the civil rights movement.

Baldwin, a 19th-century member of the Alabama House of representatives and attorney, is known for his collections of humorous stories “The Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi: A Series of Sketches” and “Party Leaders.”

On Thursday, there will be a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The induction ceremony will immediately follow dinner. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,750 for a table of 10. For information about tickets or the event, contact Emily Burnett at or 205-348-5543, or Donna Adcock at or 205-348-1416.