Retired U.S. Army military journalist and Butte, Mont., novelist David Abrams reads from his work and holds a craft talk at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Kachemak Bay Campus. Author of “Fobbit,” a novel about the Iraq War, Abrams’ book was 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. As a military journalist, his tours of duty took him to 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 during that year formed the blueprint for “Fobbit.” He earned a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Oregon and a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.