by Madison Fisler Lewis
Sept. 11, 2014. On Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. international best-selling author Tom Robbins will be at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. This event caps off a smattering of events throughout Boone and Blowing Rock meant to welcome the author home. The doors for the event open at 6:30, and tickets are free and available on a first come-first served basis.
The reading and performance by Robbins was initially scheduled for the Rosen Hall Center, but due to popular demand, the event has been moved to the Schaefer Center for Performing Arts.
Tickets for the event are still available at the Schaefer Center Box Office. Tickets can be purchased online here, in person at the Schaefer Center Box Office on Rivers Street or by phone at 828-262-4046.
Internationally-renowned novelist and Blowing Rock native Tom Robbins returns home for the first time in more than seven decades, and with a new book, Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life. This is a rare southern stop for the author of multiple cult classics including Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and Skinny Legs and All.
Robbins is a local author of sorts, he was born here before moving away from the area for his various pursuits. September will mark the first time in more than 70 years that Tom Robbins has returned home to the High Country. His homecoming so far this year included many different events planned by ASU Library Advisory Board Chair Craig Poplars. Poplars is just one of the many who have been captivated by Robbin’s work.
Considered a counter-culture writer by many mainstream critics, Robbins has never embraced that notion.
“Neither I nor my life’s work can be defined by counter-culture sensibilities. They’re [establishment critics] inserting this image of me as a counter-culture figure in between their eyes and the page,” Robbins said in a previous interview with High Country Magazine.
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