Tom Robbins, Local Author
Author Tom Robbins was born in North Carolina, but spent most of his youth living on Hamilton Boulevard in Warsaw, Virginia until graduating from Warsaw High School with the class of 1949. The 1948 and 1949 Warsaw High School yearbooks are posted online, containing multiple photos and writings of Robbins (including the 1949 class history).
His 2014 memoir “Tibetan Peach Pie” includes several chapters about growing up in Warsaw in the 1940s, so Richmond County Public Library director Dan Ream invited him to return to Warsaw from his home in Washington state to reunite with friends still in the area and read from his work, which he did for an overflow audience at Rappahannock Community College Lecture Hall on October 16, 2015. Warsaw Town Council officially proclaimed it as “Tommy Robbins Day” in Warsaw and presented him with a plaque noting this .
Tom Robbins reading from his memoir “Tibetan Peach Pie” at the Rappahannock Community College Warsaw Campus Lecture Hall in October, 2015.
Video recording on Tom Robbins reading from Tibetan Peach Pie at Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw, Virginia on October 16, 2015
Mr. Robbins spent two hours greeting and talking with his friends and fans after his reading. He also gave a second talk to the local Friends of the Library group at St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall the next day.