Karl Malantes & David Abrams
What It is Like to Go to War & Fobbit (GROVE)
Thursday • October 4 • 7pm
U District store
Reading & Book Signing
Karl Marlantes made a huge impact with his first novel, the Vietnam War story Matterhorn, and he followed it up with an acclaimed personal reflection on combat, What It Is Like to Go to War. He will appear with author David Abrams, whose book Fobbit is an Iraq war satire in the tradition of Catch-22.
A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Karl Marlantes served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals.
David Abrams served in the U.S. Army for twenty years, and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as part of a public affairs team. He was named the Department of Defense's Military Journalist of the Year in 1994 and received several other military commendations. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, and other literary magazines. He lives in Butte, Montana.