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Book Notes: ‘Fobbit’ night set at Auntie’s

Sun., March 3, 2013

Montana writer David Abrams, whose debut novel “Fobbit” was named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times, is coming to Spokane.

Abrams is a 20-year U.S. Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a public affairs specialist. His experiences served as the inspiration for his novel, about a combat-wary public affairs specialist hiding out at Forward Operating Base Triumph. “Fobbit” is military slang for those soliders who rarely leave the safety of a forward operating base.

The Butte resident will discuss his book at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., at 7 p.m. March 19.

Reading on radio

Spokane Public Radio’s “The Bookshelf” has local flavor this week.

On Monday, Keith and Gina Stracchino, along with John Geary, will read Shakespeare sonnets and other English poetry. Tuesday night, Spokane author M.P. Aleman will read the short story “Bedtime Story.” On Wednesday, Phyllis Silver will read the Aleman story “The Palouse Telegraph.”

On Thursday, Jess Walter will read from “We Live in Water.”

“The Bookshelf” airs from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday on KPBX, 91.1.

P.S. Walter also will be interviewed on the Montana Public Radio program “The Write Question,” which airs at 6 p.m. today on KSFC, 91.9.

Diversity dialogue

Gonzaga University’s annual Diversity Monologues on March 26 will feature emcee and poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai.

Tsai has performed at venues as varied as the White House, Lincoln Center, the House of Blues and the Apollo Theater. She’s written books, recorded CDs and shared the stage with Erykah Badu, KRS-One, Harry Belafonte and Mos Def, among others.

Her performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jepson-Wolff Auditorium on the GU campus.

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