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Counterculture Icon Tom Robbins Tells Us Mostly True Stories

Tom Robbins' book "Tibetan Peach Pie"

Today on Speakers Forum best-selling author Tom Robbins returns home to tell some mostly true stories from his new memoir, "Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life."

It starts with 5-year-old “Tommy Rotten” forcing his mother to take dictation, and leads to a very good Tom Clancy impersonation.

Robbins won the Golden Umbrella Award for Lifetime Achievement in the arts at Bumbershoot in 1997. He’ll be there again Sunday on the Words and Ideas Stage.

In 1962 Robbins made a break from Richmond, Virginia, to try his luck in Seattle. He calls our fair city back then “a magical metropolis wrestled from moss, mildew and mud; animated more by chain saw and chi than by commerce and chutzpah.” For over 50 years that spark has kept him tethered here in the Northwest.

Robbins found his unique voice in 1971 with the publication of his first novel, "Another Roadside Attraction."

In the subsequent years he’s developed a cult following for his best-selling work. The New York Times called him “a moonbeam of the counterculture.”

Robbins is also the author of "Still Life with Woodpecker," "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," and "Jitterbug Perfume."

Robbins spoke at Town Hall Seattle on June 26. Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company presented this event, as part of the Arts & Culture series sponsored by City Arts.

Year started with KUOW: 2006