PORT HARDY—North Island College’s Write Here Readers Series will present celebrated author Eden Robinson, who will read from a selection of her works at Café Guido Monday, Mar. 18th.
From the moment Eden Robinson burst onto the literary scene, she established a reputation as an unflinching writer. She is the author of Traplines, Monkey Beach, The Sasquatch at Home and the much-anticipated Blood Sports.
Traplines was Robinson’s first book, a collection of dark and brutal short stories that feature a deadpan, gritty humour. The book was published in 1996 and won the UK’s Winifred Holtby prize.
Her debut novel Monkey Beach was nominated for the Giller Prize and, like much of her work, it is a frank, engrossing portrayal of contemporary life in Haisla territory. Monkey Beach garnered unanimous appreciation from critics in the US, UK and Canada. The Washington Post called it “artfully constructed,” the National Post deemed it “intricately patterned.” Thomas King, author of Truth and Bright Water, comments “Monkey Beach creates a vivid contemporary landscape that draws her reader deep into a traditional world, hidden universe of premonition, pain and power.”
Robinson grew up with her older brother and younger sister in Haisla territory near Kitamaat Village, surrounded by the forests and mountains of the central coast of British Columbia. She currently resides in Kitamaat Village, BC. Kitamaat is a Tsimshian word meaning “people of the falling snow,” and (not to be confused with nearby Kitimat town), is home to seven hundred members of the Haisla Nation.
Monday’s event is free to attend and open to the community. North Island College is pleased to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts in hosting this special event.
For more information about Eden Robinson’s reading or the Write Here Readers Series, please contact Beth Turner at 250-334-5000 ext. 4267.