January 19, 1968
Kitamaat, British Columbia, Canada
|Genres||Native American literature|
|Literary movement||Indigenous Nationalism|
|Notable work(s)||• Monkey Beach
• Blood Sports
|Notable award(s)||Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
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.
Reviewers praise Robinson's unflinching and compelling exploration of the darkest impulses of humanity.
Awards and honours
She is a recipient of the University of Victoria's Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Traplines (1996), ISBN 0-8050-4446-9
- Monkey Beach (2000), ISBN 0-618-07327-2
- Blood Sports (2006), ISBN 0-7710-7604-5
- Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling (2011), ISBN 0-8886-4559-7
- Eden Robinson's entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia
- An interview called Marchent of Menace on CBC
- An interview called Shelagh's extended conversation with Eden Robinson on CBC
- A review of Monkey Beach called Witnessing Creation by J.M. Bridgeman
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