Eden Robinson

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Eden Robinson
Born Eden Robinson
(1968-01-19) January 19, 1968 (age 49)
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.[1]



Born in Kitamaat, British Columbia, she is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations.[1] Her sister, Carla Robinson, is a television journalist for CBC Newsworld.


She received a BA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from the University of British Columbia.[2]

Literary works[edit]

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.[2] 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[3] and the Governor General's Literary Award,[4] and received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.[5]

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.

Her most recent book, Son of a Trickster (2017) is a humorous coming of age novel.[4] It took Robinson eight years to write, and was originally conceived as a short story.[6]

Awards and honours[edit]

She won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2001 for Monkey Beach, and the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award in 2016 for her body of work.[7]



  1. ^ a b Eden Robinson's entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b Robinson, Eden (September 2016). "On Writing and the Gothic". Room (Interview). Interview with Taryn Hubbard. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Monkey Beach". CBC Books. CBC. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Eden Robinson will read for Winter’s Tales". The Guardian. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Why it took Eden Robinson eight years to write her new novel". CBC Books. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Eden Robinson, Gregory Scofield, Yasuko Thanh among 2016 Writers' Trust Prize winners". CBC Books, November 2. 2016.

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