In Conversation with Eden Robinson

In Conversation with Eden Robinson

Trickster Drift

Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Oakville Centre, AEG Liebherr Auditorium

$25 Regular Seating

Presented by Toronto International Festival of Authors – Lit on Tour in partnership with the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books.

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Join Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted Eden Robinson as she talks about her career and the second book in her captivating Trickster triology, Trickster Drift. Presented by Toronto International Festival of Authors – Lit On Tour programme in partnership with the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and Different Drummer Books.

In an effort to keep all forms of magic at bay, Jared, 17, has quit drugs and drinking. But his troubles are not over: now he's being stalked by David, his mom's ex--a preppy, khaki-wearing psycho with a proclivity for rib-breaking. And his mother, Maggie, a living, breathing badass as well as a witch, can't protect him like she used to because he's moved away from Kitimat to Vancouver for school.

As the son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic, whether he hates it or not--he sees ghosts, he sees the monster moving underneath his Aunt Georgina's skin, he sees the creature that comes out of his bedroom wall and creepily wants to suck his toes. He also still hears the Trickster in his head, and other voices too. When the David situation becomes a crisis, Jared can't ignore his true nature any longer.

About Eden Robinson

“I was born on the same day as Edgar Allan Poe and Dolly Parton: January 19. I am absolutely certain that this affects my writing in some way.” 

Eden Robinson has become one of Canada’s first female Native writers to gain international attention, making her an important role model. Monkey Beach evinces a love of her culture – Robinson maintains that if you don’t grow up on Oolichan grease, you’re not going to learn to love it, never mind make it; and if you grow up on supermarket vegetables, you’ re not going to learn when and where to find salmonberry shoots. She has used her celebrity to draw attention in Time magazine to the Canadian government’s chipping away at Native health care, and to the lack of subsidized housing for urban Natives. This limited housing leads to overcrowding on reserves, where there is little access to jobs. Robinson argues that Natives forfeited rights and land for just these types of government services. Eden Robinson has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Whitehorse Public Library, and will be working with the Writers in Electronic Residence program, which links schools across the country with professional writers. She enjoys travelling, and supported herself with travel writing in Europe before the publication of Monkey Beach.

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books are pleased to present this series that feeds the inquisitive mind.

In Conversation With... is a speaker series providing you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canadaís top influencers and authors.