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Award-Winning Haisla Novelist to Deliver Eighteenth Annual Margaret Laurence Lecture at Trent University


Eden Robinson to Address Issues of “Writing from Home” at November 14 Lecture

Thursday, November 8, 2007, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to announce that award-winning Canadian Indigenous author Eden Robinson will deliver the eighteenth annual Margaret Laurence Lecture at Trent University on Wednesday, November 14 at 8 p.m. in the First Peoples House of Learning, Peter Gzowski College Lecture Hall, room 117.

In her lecture, entitled “Fictionalizing Place: The Dangers of Writing from Home”, Ms. Robinson will be discussing the issues surrounding setting fictional stories in real locations and villages.

Dr. Marg Hobbs, chair of the Women’s Studies Department at Trent, praised Eden Robinson’s work and is delighted to be welcoming her to the University as the 2007 Margaret Laurence lecturer.

“Eden Robinson’s novels and short stories involve intimate explorations of place, identity, ecology, colonial and gender relations, and love – themes that were also at the heart of Margaret Laurence’s life work,” Prof. Hobbs said. “Her fiction, set in coastal villages and urban centres, is richly layered with social realism and spirituality, and her characters have a wonderful habit of staying about in one’s mind long after the book is back on its shelf.”

Ms. Robinson grew up in Kitamaat Village in British Columbia and is the first Haisla novelist. Her collection of short stories, Traplines, won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998. Her first novel, Monkey Beach, was short-listed for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction in 2000 and named a notable book by The Globe and Mail. Her most recent novel is Blood Sports.

The annual Margaret Laurence Lecture honours Trent University’s fourth chancellor, and acknowledges her contributions to literature, feminism, ecology, and the peace movement. The 2007 lecture is sponsored by the departments of Women's Studies, Canadian Studies, and Indigenous Studies, as well as the Margaret Laurence Lecture Fund and the Canadian Studies Directorate, Heritage Canada.

The lecture is free and all members of the community are invited to attend. A reception will follow in the First Peoples House of Learning Gathering Space, Gzowski College Room 102.

The Margaret Laurence Lecture is part of a week-long stay at Trent for Ms. Robinson, who will be at the University from November 12 to 16. Throughout the week, she will give a variety of talks to both graduate and undergraduate students in addition to attending several classes, including Introduction to Women’s Studies, Indigenous Contemporary Dance, and Introduction to Indigenous Theatre.


Eden Robinson will be available prior to the lecture on Wednesday, November 14 for media interviews.

To set up an interview, or for more information about the lecture, please contact:
Margaret Hobbs, Chair, Women’s Studies, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7085