Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library
October 23, 2012, 7:00 P.M.
David Abrams was an award-winning active-duty journalist in the Army for 20 years before retiring in 2008. Now he’s a novelist with a black sense of humor about his experiences in Iraq. His book is titled ”Fobbit,” and it’s a harrowing satire of the Iraq War that is both hilarious and tragic, a book that may well remind readers of ”Catch-22.” ”Fobbit” takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base (FOB) which is the ”back office” of the battle. It’s where there’s more concern for the show line than military strategy and where male and female soldiers spend more time getting acquainted in Porta-Potties than searching for the enemy. Abrams has a terrific writing style; his stories have been published in Esquire magazine and many literary quarterlies, and he was named the Department of Defense Military Journalist of the Year. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a signed copy of Abrams’ memorable book, which critics are calling ”one of the great comic novels about the absurdity of war.”