Tom Robbins: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

Tom Robbins: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

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.

  • The winning photographer will meet Tom Robbins, receive an autographed copy of Tibetan Peach Pie:  A True Account of an Imaginative Life, and a front row seat at his September 11th reading in Rosen Concert Hall.
  • Second and Third place winners will receive front row seating and autographed copies of his memoir.
  • We will also have weekly random drawings for gift cards to The Wired Scholar

For more information, visit

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.



When you purchase a ticket for the welcome home reception for Tom Robbins do you also need to get a ticket for the speaking event ? I understand it includes special seating but I wanted to make sure the ticket is taken care of.

Hi Sheri!

By purchasing a ticket to the cocktail reception you receive reserved seating for the Tom Robbins Lecture on Thursday, Sept 11. No need to reserve a ticket for the lecture at the box office. You're covered. Thank for your interest. Hope to see you soon

Is it guaranteed that we'll meet Mr. Robbins at the reception? Will he be willing to sign books and take pictures?

Reception tickets are limited by the venue but are still available for purchase. An autographed copy of Tibetan Peach Pie is guaranteed; a meeting and picture with Tom Robbins, though possible, is unfortunately not guaranteed.

I can't find Rosen Concert Hall on the campus map. I'm
not from Boone

Hi Kate, the event was moved to the Schaffer center.

The best place to park is Raley parking lot.

Thanks for your interest.

Are tickets still available for the Tom Robbins reception? It looks like there's a separate event at Blowing Rock on Wed, 9/10 @ 6pm that's included in the ticket that true? Thanks, Barb

There is a reception in Blowing Rock on Wednesday evening, September 10 at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.    Tickets are $75 each. They include a signed copy of Tibetan Peach Pie, an opportunity to meet Mr. Robbins, and preferred seating at the free Thursday, September 11 event, which has been moved to Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts because of popular demand.  Schaefer is also on Appalachian State University’s campus. 

I never got a ticket in the mail. Was I supposed to get one? All I got was a paper for tax purposes.

That’s a tricky question.  It sounds as though you purchased a ticket to the Welcome Home reception on Wednesday evening, September 10th in Blowing Rock, which also includes a reserved seat at the September 11th reading event at Appalachian State University.  Your name is on the list for the reception and you will receive your event ticket there.  Thank you.

Was T. Robbins' reading videotaped last night, and if so, will and when will it be available on the ASU website?

Tom Robbins was videotaped, but the recording had no audio, so a decision was made to not process it.  Regrets.

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