Wikipedia doesn't always get it right, but in the case of Tom Robbins, “often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts” is pretty accurate. Author of the classics Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (made into a film by Gus Van Sant starring Uma Thurman and Keanu Reaves), Jitterbug Perfume, and Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Robbins will be in town from Washington to speak about his new memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie. As unconventional as one might expect from the author of such highly imaginative novels, Robbins' life includes stints as an Air Force weatherman, a cafe poet, a radio DJ, an art critic, a journalist, a dabbler in the psychotropics; he also spent two years on an Indian reservation and eight years as a judge in Seattle's SPAM carving competition (we won't mention the annual mayonnaise tasting). Part of City Arts & Lectures, Robbins will be in conversation with Isabel Duffy.

Tue., June 10, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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