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Military journalist, 'Fobbit' author, joins writers series


Award-winning military journalist and UAF alumnus David Abrams joins the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series with a free public reading Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Abrams will read from his most recent book, "Fobbit," a dark comedy based upon observations he recorded in his journal while deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.

Abrams served as an active-duty Army journalist. He was named the Department of Defense's Military Journalist of the Year in 1994 and received several other military commendations before retiring from his 20-year career in 2008. His tours of duty included Thailand, Japan, Africa, Alaska, Texas, Georgia and the Pentagon.  In 2005, he joined the 3rd Infantry Division and deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The journal he kept that year formed the blueprint for his debut novel "Fobbit," named a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a Best Book of 2012 by Paste Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Barnes and Noble.

The Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series is hosted by the UAF English Department and is sponsored by Jim Perrizo, Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, and Alaska Airlines.

Additional information is available by calling the UAF English Department at 907-474-7193.

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