Eden Robinson

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Eden Robinson
Born Eden Robinson
(1968-01-19) January 19, 1968 (age 47)
Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Author
Nationality Haisla/Heiltsuk
Genre Native American literature
Literary movement Indigenous Nationalism
Notable works Monkey Beach
Blood Sports
Notable awards Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

Eden Victoria Lena Robinson (born 19 January 1968) is a novelist and short story writer from Haisla First Nation, an Indigenous nation in British Columbia, Canada.



Born in Kitamaat, British Columbia, she is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. Her sister, Carla Robinson, is an Indigenous television journalist at CBC Newsworld.


She was educated at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.[1]

Literary works[edit]


Robinson's critically acclaimed first book, Traplines (1995), was a collection of four short stories. The young narrators recount haunting tales of their disturbing relationships with sociopaths and psychopaths. The collection won Britain's Winifred Holtby Prize for the best regional work by a Commonwealth writer. One of the stories, Queen of the North, was also published in the The Penguin Anthology of Stories by Canadian Women. Another of her short stories, Terminal Avenue, (which was not included in Traplines) was published in the anthology of postcolonial science fiction and fantasy So Long Been Dreaming.

Her second book, Monkey Beach (2000), was a novel. It is set in Kitamaat territory and follows a teenaged girl's search for answers to and understanding of her younger brother's disappearance at sea while in the retrospective, it tells a story about growing up on a Haisla reserve. The book is both a mystery and a spiritual journey, combining contemporary realism with Haisla mysticism. Monkey Beach was short-listed for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

In her third book, Blood Sports (2006), also a novel, Eden Robinson returns to the characters and urban terrain of her novella "Contact Sports," from Traplines.

Critical response[edit]

Reviewers praise Robinson's unflinching and compelling exploration of the darkest impulses of humanity.

Awards and honours[edit]


She is a recipient of the University of Victoria's Distinguished Alumni Award.


External links[edit]


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