Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives
with John Elder Robison
Hosted by The Ottawa Citizen’s Joanne Laucius
"John Elder Robison is one of my autism superheroes because he bravely brings humour and humility to the heart and soul of the taboo and unexpected corners of life lived with autism…. Raising Cubby is Robison's best work yet."
— Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to Be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome
John Elder Robison is the author of two previous books, the New York Times bestseller Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. He lectures widely on autism and neurological differences, and is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. John also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and Autism Speaks. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his family, animals, and machines.
Join us for the story of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son—complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble.
Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn’t a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes.
The one thing John couldn’t figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn—the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger’s too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist—smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, this is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It’s the story of a father and son who grow up together.
Special thanks to the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy of the United States in Canada for supporting the participation of American writers during the 2013 Spring Edition.