"Tom Robbins Incognito"
Though we haven’t coerced him in to a Sourdough Speaker Series presentation — we’re working on it! — Skagit Valley scribe Tom Robbins is definitely a part of the cultural history of our region. His first novel Another Roadside Attraction, published way back in 1971 and today a certifiable cult classic, was set in the Skagit Valley, and the La Conner-dwelling author recently penned the Foreword for Skagit Land Trust’s book Natural Skagit.
Robbins will be reading from his latest book “B is for Beer” in Bellingham at, appropriately enough, Boundary Bay Brewery on May 7. It is a testament to his popularity in this region that the event was sold-out months in advance. In lieu of getting to experience Tom Robbins in person, I’d like to suggest you purchase a copy of my recently-published ‘zine featuring the story “Tom Robbins Incognito: Tracking the Pacific Northwest’s Elusive Literary Outlaw” from the website MagCloud. It features a semi-serious, semi-farcical quest around western Washington in search of Robbins, from La Conner to Seattle’s Blue Moon Tavern, and it concludes with an exclusive enlightening interview with the reclusive novelist.
You can preview and purchase your copy at http://magcloud.com/browse/Issue/14846; MagCloud will print the issue out and mail it to you, just like a real magazine! Oh yes, and the issue was deftly designed by Benj Drummond, the designer responsible for making many of the beautiful Institute projects and publications over the past 5 years.