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January 19, 1968
Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada
|Genre||Native American literature|
|Literary movement||Indigenous Nationalism|
|Notable works||• Monkey Beach
• Blood Sports
|Notable awards||Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
Robinson's 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 Memorial Prize for the best regional work by a Commonwealth writer. One of the stories, "Queen of the North", was also published in 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 shortlisted for the Scotiabank 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, Robinson returns to the characters and urban terrain of her novella "Contact Sports," from Traplines.
Awards and honours
- 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
- Son of a Trickster (2017), ISBN 978-0345810786
- Eden Robinson's entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia.
- Robinson, Eden (September 2016). "On Writing and the Gothic". Room (Interview). Interview with Taryn Hubbard. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Monkey Beach". CBC Books. CBC. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Eden Robinson will read for Winter’s Tales". The Guardian. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Chau, David (15 February 2017). "Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster tells story of teen angst and magic". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Why it took Eden Robinson eight years to write her new novel". CBC Books. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Eden Robinson, Gregory Scofield, Yasuko Thanh among 2016 Writers' Trust Prize winners". CBC Books, November 2. 2016.
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