Eden Robinson is an award-winning Indigenous writer from Canada. She is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. Eden is the author of the short story collection Traplines (1995). Traplines won the Winifred Holtby Prize for best first work of fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book. Her second book Monkey Beach (2000), a novel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Monkey Beach was awarded with the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Eden’s third novel, Blood Sports, was published in 2006 and revisits characters from Traplines.
Eden recently finished writing the Trickster-trilogy: Son of a Trickster (2017), Trickster Drift (2018) and, Return of the Trickster (2021) all published by Knopf Canada. Son of a Trickster was shortlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Moreover, Son of a Trickster was a finalist of the 2020 edition of Canada Reads. Trickster Drift won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2019.
Monkey Bach is required reading in many Canadian schools and universities. It has been in print since its publication with over 100,000 copies in print. Monkey Beach is also a set text at the University of Glasgow for the Canadian Literature course offered by Prof Faye Hammill.
In addition, Eden’s work has been adapted to the screen. Son of a Trickster is adapted into a television series called Trickster and ran on CBC Television and the CW in 2020. Her novel, Monkey Beach has been turned into a film of the same name. The film Monkey Beach is directed by Loretta Todd and premiered at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival in September 2020.