What do authors Craig Davidson, Eden Robinson, Cherie Dimaline and Waubgeshig Rice have in common? As returning Delegate Kevin Hardcastle sees it, not only were they participants at #FestofAuthors18—their approach to storytelling and the subsequent trajectory of their careers all demonstrate the shifting preferences and expectations of Canadian readers.
In 2018, we profiled some of the authors who participated in the 39th edition of the Festival. After this profile was published, Eden Robinson was longlisted for the 2019 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, shortlisted for the 2019 Sunburst Awards in Adult Fiction and won the 2019 BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Trickster Drift. She also curated a list of five emerging Indigenous writers to watch in June.
Eden Robinson burst onto the scene in major way with 1995’s Traplines, a relentlessly bleak collection of short stories focused on the violent and twisted relationships of their troubled narrators. The book would go on to win the the Winifred Holtby Prize for the best first work of fiction and in its darkness readers found a beating heart uniquely attuned to a set of experiences they couldn’t read about anywhere else. After all, Eden Robinson was one of the the first Haisla writers to have ever published a novel.