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Announcing One Book One SFU: Son of a Trickster

April 25, 2019 at 7 pm: Eden Robinson in conversation with Cherie Dimaline. Son of a Trickster.

Simon Fraser University Library is pleased to announce Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster as our next pick for One Book One SFU.

Join us for an evening of reading and conversation with Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline as they discuss Robinson's poignant and hilarious novel!

Son of a Trickster is a novel that shimmers with magic and vitality, featuring a compelling narrator, somewhere between Holden Caulfield and Harry Potter. Just when you think Jared’s teenage journey couldn’t be more grounded in gritty, grinding reality, his addled perceptions take us into a realm beyond his small town life, somewhere both seductive and dangerous. Energetic, often darkly funny, sometimes poignant, this is a book that will resonate long after the reader has devoured the final page.” —2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury

Borrow the book: Copies of Son of a Trickster are available to all members of the SFU community at SFU Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Vancouver's Belzberg Library, and SFU Surrey's Fraser Library.

About the speakers

Eden Robinson has matriarchal tendencies. Doesn’t have a pressure cooker, but knows how to jar salmon. Her smoked salmon will not likely kill you. Hobbies: Shopping for the Apocalypse, using vocabulary as a weapon, nominating cousins to council while they’re out of town, chair yoga, looking up possible diseases or syndromes on the interwebs, perfecting gluten-free bannock and playing Mah-jong. Be warned, she writes novels and tends to be cranky when interrupted. Robinson is a Haisla/Heiltsuk author. Monkey Beach, her first novel, was shortlisted for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction in 2000 and won the BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her novel Son of a Trickster was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her latest work is Trickster Drift.

Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor from the Georgian Bay community. Her award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. She has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH, Muskrat Magazine and FACE. Dimaline was named the first Writer in Residence in Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library. She also coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering in Toronto. The Marrow Thieves, which  won the Governor General's Award for English-language children's literature and the 2017 Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category, is Dimaline’s newest dystopic sci-fi novel aimed at young adults in which global warming has devastated the planet and the Indigenous people of North America are hunted for their bone marrow.

This event is part of SFU Vancouver’s 30th Anniversary.

Listen to the conversation

Watch the evening of reading and conversation with Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline.



Eden Robinson & Cherie Dimaline


April 25


7PM (All ticket holders to be seated by 6:45PM. Unclaimed seats will be released to waitlisted guests at 6:45PM)


SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Registration information

This event is sold out. Please add your name to the wait list and we will release tickets as they become available.

Ticket Holders: Doors open at 6:15PM. As this SFU Library event is free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your ticket reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend you arrive early. 


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Contact for further information

Please contact Baharak Yousefi by email: byousefi at

Accessibility information

  • SFU Segal is accessible by the Granville Street entrance at the ground level. Rooms 1200-1500, where this event is being held, are on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible.
  • In order to create a space where people with multiple chemical sensitivities can participate, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products.
  • There will be all-gender and accessible bathrooms available at this venue.
  • If you have any requests, concerns, or questions concerning accessibility at this event, please contact Baharak Yousefi by email: byousefi at