Return of the Trickster Book Launch

Eden Robinson is the author of an award-winning novel adapted by CBC for the six-part TV series, Trickster. She was also a Giller Prize juror and a finalist for Canada Reads in 2020.

In the third book of her brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy, Eden delivers a surprising and satisfying resolution.

Join us on Monday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m., to celebrate the launch of Eden's new book, Return of the Trickster, moderated by Associate Professor and Department Chair of SFU's Indigenous Studies Chair, Deanna Reder.

When

Monday, March 22, 2021

6:00 PM

Where

Online event

A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.

About the author

Haisla/Heiltsuk novelist Eden Robinson is the author of a collection of novellas written when she was a Goth called Traplines, which won the Winifred Holtby Prize in the UK. Her next novels, Monkey Beach and Blood Sports, were written before she discovered she was gluten-intolerant and tend to be quite grim, the latter being especially gruesome because half-way through writing it, Robinson gave up a two-pack-a-day cigarette habit and the more she suffered, the more her characters suffered. Even so, Monkey Beach won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for Fiction. By the time Eden began her Trickster Trilogy, however, she had given full rein to her matriarchal tendencies. The first book, Son of a Trickster, became a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Canada Reads. Trickster Drift, the second book in the trilogy, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In 2017, Eden was awarded the Writers' Trust Fellowship. She lives in Kitamaat Village, BC.

About the book

Jared, teenaged trouble magnet, wakes up in a hospital bed feeling like hell. Not for the first time.

Some of the people he loves – the ones who are deaf to the magic that swirls around him– assume he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety. They think that's why movers found him naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat. The truth for Jared is so much worse. He finally knows for sure that he has no hope of ever being normal because he really is the son of Wee'git, a Trickster, and he's won the magic lottery – he is the only one of Wee'git's 535 children who is a Trickster too. He is actually in such bad shape because he was forced into mortal combat with his father's sister, Aunt Georgina, a maniacal ogress hungry for his power. In the struggle, he transported her and her posse of shape-shifting coy wolves to another dimension where the coy wolves all died. Now Georgina doesn't only want to turn him into her slave, she wants revenge on his whole family.

There's more bad news: the only person in his life who is happy that he's a Trickster is his ex, Sarah. Everyone else he loves is either pissed with him or in danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed in their world. His mother Maggie, a hard-partying, gun-toting, tough-as-nails witch, resents like hell that Jared has taken after his father, but she is also determined that no one is going to hurt her boy. For Maggie it's simple – Kill or be killed, bucko – and soon Jared is at the centre of an all-out war. A horrible place to be for the sweetest Trickster there's ever been, one whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world around him a kinder, safer, place.

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Accessibility, Technology & Privacy

Accessibility

Closed captioning will be available at this event.

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Registration and password

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Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

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