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.

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
Tibetan Peach Pie

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall
Presented by: Appalachian State University Libraries and the Library Advisory Board 
Tickets: Free
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.

Internationally-renowned novelist and North Carolina 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 is Robbins’ own story, which began in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  Robbins says it isn't the story of his life, but a series of "true stories from my life."  Robbins offers intimate memories of his Appalachian upbringing during the depression, the psychedelic 1960’s and his start as an author.  This will be 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.

Tom Robbins

Photo courtesy of Jeff Corwin


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Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia

Posted by Andrea "Andie" 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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  • 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