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Eden Robinson will read for Winter’s Tales


CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Acclaimed novelist, Eden Robinson, is the next featured author in the Winter’s Tales readings on March 13.

Acclaimed novelist, Eden Robinson, is the next featured author in the Winter’s Tales readings on March 13.

Robinson is a fiction writer of Haisla heritage and was born on the northern coast of British Columbia.

She brings her sense of humour and her new novel, “Son of a Trickster,” to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown at 7:30 p.m.

“I was born on the same day as Edgar Allan Poe and Dolly Parton,” said Robinson. “I am absolutely certain that this affects my writing in some way.”

A book signing will follow Robinson’s Winter’s Tales reading. The public is invited and there is no admission.

For more information, phone 902-566-0389.

Robinson’s first book — a collection of stories, “Traplines” (1998) — won the Winifred Holtby Prize for the best work of fiction in the Commonwealth. The book grew out of her Indigenous heritage and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

Her second book was the popular novel “Monkey Beach” (2000), which was nominated for the 2000 Governor General’s Award for fiction and the 2000 Giller Prize.

“Son of a Trickster” is a coming-of-age novel featuring Jared, a burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who's often wasted. Jared smokes and drinks too much, but also has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age.

He puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him and says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human. But ravens do speak to him — even when he's not stoned.

 

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