Time Tested Books is very excited to announce an evening with Anthony Swofford, who will be reading from, discussing and signing copies of his brand-new memoir Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails here at the bookstore on Friday, June 8th, at 7:00pm. The book is about his coming to terms with his flawed father and his own rocky journey to fatherhood, and it is very good. Please join us!
Anthony Swofford was born on Travis Air Force Base in 1970. He joined the marines at age 18 and fought in the 1990-91 Gulf War with a scout/sniper platoon in the 2nd battalion of the 7th Marines. He left the marines in 1992 and held jobs in restaurants, banks, and shopping malls as well as working a long stint as a union warehouseman. In 1999 he graduated from UC Davis with his BA in English and proceeded to graduate writing studies at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a Teaching Writing Fellow and later a Michener-Copernicus Fellow. His first book Jarhead, a memoir of his time in the marines, came out in the winter of 2003. A film adaptation directed by Sam Mendes was released in 2005. Exit A, his novel of military life in Japan during peacetime, was published in 2007. Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails will be published on June 5th. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.
The event is on Friday, June 8th, at 7:00pm, and is free and open to the public.