June 2014

Tom Robbins: Save the Date

Posted by Melanie Bullard on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 1:01pm
Tom Robbins

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:

Retirement Reception for Catherine Wilkinson 6.20.14 3 PM

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 3:56pm
Retirement reception for Catherine Wilkinson

Tom Robbins: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, June 9, 2014 - 1:39pm
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 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.

Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:47pm
Image of man playing banjo

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.

 

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Please note:

  • Quote and image (with permission) from the vendor, Gale CenGage Learning
  • Online databases and resources are, in almost all cases, only licensed for use by ASU students, faculty, and staff.

Robert Inman

Posted by Melanie Bullard on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 5:09pm

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