David L. Robbins, Author & Historian

David L. Robbins, noted author and historian, will be our featured speaker at the Subscription Series program on Tuesday, May 23rd at 5pm at the beautiful Coral Bay Club.  Doors will open at 4pm.  Cash bar available.

If you are not a Subscriber, the ticket price will be $25 and you can pay at the door or online.  We accept cash, checks, and all credit cards.  You can also send a check for tickets to our mailing address which is P. O. Box 462 Morehead City, NC 28557.


Author David L. Robbins, a native of Richmond, Virginia, has published fourteen novels, has made repeated visits to the NY Times bestsellers list, and has had several of his works optioned for film. His most recent project has been a series on the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Guardian Angels (pararescue, or PJs), a highly elite unit of combat pararescue jumpers. His latest novel is The Low Bird, (Thomas & Mercer, November, 2016), based on a true story set during the Vietnam War about the rescue of a pilot behind enemy lines in Laos. David is a successful playwright; his works include Scorched Earth, an adaptation of his novel of the same name, and Sam & Carol, a two person tour de force about his parents. His third stage play, The End of War, will premiere in Richmond, VA in the spring of 2017, on the mainstage at VA Rep Theatre. He is also an award winning essayist and screenwriter. David has taught advanced creative writing at the university level for a decade, and currently teaches at VCU’s Honors College. In his hometown of Richmond, he is co-founder of James River Writers, a non-profit that helps aspiring writers work and learn together as a writing community; co-founder of the non-profit Podium Foundation, which supports the practice and teaching of writing for Richmond city youth; and he is the creator of The Mighty Pen Project, helping Virginia veterans create a living history of military service through writing which is then archived and anthologized. 

Mr. Robbins will be speaking on the following:

 

WHAT I’VE LEARNED ABOUT HISTORY BY MAKING THINGS UP”

Over twenty years and fifteen books, I’ve traveled a lot of the planet, read hundreds of history books, and spoken with about as many people in corners of the world who, themselves, have seen or done many of the events I describe in my work.

What I’ve taken away from this extensive study of history is that, in the end, it’s the product of a tug-or-war between some kind of juggernaut inevitability and the fallibilities and unpredictable nature of man. I’ve been surprised over and over to find one or two human beings standing in the path of what anyone would have thought was a foregone conclusion, and through charisma, courage, luck and timing, altered world events on unimaginable scales.

I’ll talk about my research, where it’s taken me, and what it’s shown me over the course of a long, and getting longer, career finding and telling stories out of history.