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Watauga County native and internationally celebrated author Tom Robbins caps off another productive year this July 22nd. Happy birthday Tom! Mr. Robbins has recently published 'Tibetan Peach Pie: a True Account of an Imaginative Life,' his eleventh book. Robbins will be visiting ASU in this Fall Semester and will speak this September 11th at 7pm in Rosen Concert Hall.
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall
Presented by: Appalachian State University Libraries and the Library Advisory Board
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
An example of Robbins' writing:
“At birth we are red-faced, round, intense, pure. The crimson fire of universal consciousness burns in us. Gradually, however, we are devoured by our parents, gulped by schools, chewed up by peers, swallowed by social institutions, wolfed by bad habits, and gnawed by age; and by that time we have been digested, cow style, in those six stomachs, we emerge a single disgusting shade of brown. The lesson of the beet, then, is this: hold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic, or end up brown. Once you’re brown, you’ll find that you’re blue. As blue as indigo. And you know what that means, Indigo. Indigoing. Indigone.” -Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
If you are interested in reading some Robbins before his visit, here are his books in our collection.
Appalachian State University Libraries are very excited to bring acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Tom Robbins to the Appalachian State University campus during the Fall 2014 semester. Robbins has just released his memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life, and for the first time in more than 70 years he will return to Watauga County, the place of his childhood.
Mark your calendars for his visit, Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM, at Rosen Concert Hall, an intimate venue to hear from this author, who’s been said to use black-belt ninja word skills to write books that critics call hyper imaginative and magical.
Tom Robbins was just a boy when he lived in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, but it was here where he began pounding out stories with his “talking stick."
"Allowed to roam freely in both the streets and the woods, I observed and interacted not only with the wonders of nature but with an assortment of squirrel hunters, rabbit trappers, berry pickers, banjo pickers, moonshiners, tramps, real Gypsies, snake handlers, mule-back preachers (like my grandpa), eccentric characters with names such as Pink Baldwin and Junebug Tate, and perhaps most influential, bib-overalled raconteurs, many of whom spun stories as effortlessly and expertly as they spit tobacco juice." Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Live
We will host an entire week of events to celebrate the homecoming of this author, who influenced the lives of a generation and beyond, including Alumnus and University Library Advisory Board Chair Craig Popelars. Our thanks to Craig for making this visit a reality. More information is forthcoming, including opportunities for faculty to incorporate this once-in-a-lifetime event into their syllabi, and an opportunity to meet and mingle with this writer's writer.
(UPDATE: For more information, please visit http://library.appstate.edu/news/2014/06/tom-robbins .)
This might be your last chance to see Tom Robbins, who is now in his 80s - this is his last hurrah in writing and touring. Come indulge your unconventional and wilder side- and read or re-read one of his great books:
Celebrate Tom Robbins Week with Appalachian State University Libraries!
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.
Take a Trip with Tom Instagram Contest
Ongoing, with winner announced September 9, 2014. Entering the Belk Library “Take a Trip with Tom” contest is easy!
1. Come to the library and checkout a Tom Robbins fan face
2. Take an awesome photo using it
3. Upload it to Instagram
4. Tag it #takeatripwithtom
***Please make sure that your app is set to allow public posting of photos. Go to Edit Your Profile, and turn “photos are private” to off.
For more information, visit http://photo.library.appstate.edu/.
Movie: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Tuesday, September 9, 10:00 p.m.
Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons
Free popcorn and free copies of the new memoir Tibetan Peach Pie to the first three people through the door.
Welcome Home Reception
Wednesday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
Tickets $75 each includes an autographed copy of Tibetan Peach Pie, preferred seating at the September 11 speaking engagement and an opportunity to meet Tom Robbins. Click here to purchase your ticket.
A True Account of an Imaginative Life
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Doors open: 6:30 p.m
Tickets for the Thursday, September 11th event are free and will be available on a first come first reserved basis beginning August 20. The best way to get the tickets is to call the Schaefer Center box office at 828-262-4046 or 800-841-2787. We will mail the tickets to the patron if they would like for us to.
Our e-resources highlight of the month is Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia, which is a database containing primary resources such as "diaries, journals, and narratives of explorers, emigrants, military men, Native Americans, and travelers. In addition, there are accounts on the development of farming and mining communities, family histories, and folklore. These accounts provide a view of the of the vast region between Lexington, Kentucky and Winchester, Virginia, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Birmingham, Alabama, which spans three and a half centuries and provides information on the social, political, economic, scientific, religious and agricultural characteristics of the region."
The date range is 1700s - 1950s and the database contains over 42,122 images.
Take some time and explore the "Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia" database.
We also have the content of this database available in microfiche format in Special Collections on the 4th floor of the library.
Robert “Bob” Inman, a favorite Southern author will read from his latest and fifth novel, The Governor’s Lady, on Thursday, June 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 421 of the Belk Library and Information Commons. The event is part of the Summer Author Series sponsored by Appalachian State University Libraries, and the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library Board. It is free and open to the public. It will begin at 3:30 p.m., with refreshments and a book signing to follow. Free parking is available in the attached parking garage. For more information contact Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087. Click Here for More Information
Need help with research? Not sure how to find sources in the library? Interested in eBooks and how to use them effectively? Are lost in the sea of citations and management tools?
Help is available! Check out the Belk Library monthly online workshops:
Offered every month, so find the workshop that suits your schedule and register today!
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Librarians can schedule one-on-one sessions either in person or online to accommodate scheduling conflicts. Fill out the RAP request form and a librarian will contact you.
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Dog Therapy that is.
That’s why Brianne Harris is bringing Knox to the Belk Library and Information Commons, so students can relieve a little stress.Knox is a Canine Good Citizen, and registered with Therapy Dogs, Incorporated. In other words, Knox knows how to be a good listener, and is great for hugging.
“The idea of pets as stress relievers has taken off across campuses nationwide, especially during the end of semester exam time,” said User Services Librarian Geri Purpur, who worked to get Knox some people time. “Dogs can provide comfort in a way people cannot, and can be a positive reminder of home during the chaos of these final weeks.”
Knox’s handler Brianne Harris, Appalachian 2012 Psychology alumna says the Great Pyrenees has already begun visits to Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, as well as Life Care Center of Banner Elk.
Belk Librarians and staff have taken up a collection to buy Knox an Appalachian State University t-shirt, so look for the really hairy, big guy in an App T-shirt surrounded by students in need of some soothing.
The Dog is in:
Monday, May 5 at 2:30
Wednesday May 7 at 6:30.
Squeezes, rubs, hugs, and scratches are free!