Book details

Publication date: May 2011
Features: Foreword/liminaire, introduction
Series: CLC Kreisel Lecture Series
Keywords: Canadian; literature; essay; Traditional Protocols; Indigenous; storytelling; family; culture; place; Graceland; Potlatch; Bella Bella; Waglisla; writing
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Literary Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Essays, Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Studies / Indigenous Author(s), Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Studies / Indigenous Literature, Canadian Literature / Essay, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays, Literary essays, Canadian; literature; essay; Traditional Protocols; Indigenous; storytelling; family; culture; place; Graceland; Potlatch; Bella Bella; Waglisla; writing, Literature, Essays, Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Authors, Bestseller
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press, Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne

Eden Robinson. Eden Robinson is the internationally acclaimed author of Traplines, Monkey Beach, and Blood Sports. Traplines was the winner of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Britain's Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Monkey Beach was nominated for the Giller Prize, the 2000 Governor General's Award for Fiction, and was selected as the Globe and Mail's Editor's Choice. Robinson is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations.

Paula Simons.

"[Robinson] strikes sweetly at the commonality of people rather than narrowing in on cultural differences. The entire book is fast, colloquial, and engaging; concise enough to be read in one sitting, yet retaining the weightiness of a larger work. Its brevity makes it an ideal re-read and the second reading proves just as entertaining. The funny parts remain funny, the rendering of landscapes evocative and intimate, and the general themes stay relevant. Through rich and often comic dialogue and her painterly descriptions of the northwest landscape, Eden Robinson presents a glimpse into her community with the delicious, whispered quality of a well-told, yet well-protected, family story. Cara-Lyn Morgan, The Malahat Review, Winter 2011 [Full review at]

"[Eden Robinson's] lecture reprises the Sasquatch theme from her novel, Monkey Beach. It is less a lecture than an extended poem - a love song to a place and people, a celebration of survival of places, names, and humans.... The work is filled with alternate narratives. Just when we are eagerly following a line of story or thought, out come Trickster-ish turns and teases.... Robinson seductively draws outsiders in, then sharply clarifies the limits of the welcome.... Eden Robinson brings her own literary ethics to the discussion [of the limits of cross-cultural sharing]. Her consciousness and conscientiousness permeate her fiction as well as the Sasquatch lecture. It is fitting that Paula Simons calls her 'one of Canada's most provocative and talented writers' and also 'a moral and cultural force'." Valerie Alia, Cantext, February 2012

"Robinson sees and shows how culture is not something frozen in the past, that it embraces shopping and mail order and outboard motors and McDonald's as much as it does medicinal plants, poles, and potlatches. That the processing is the same, whether the stories involve Elvis, his mother, and Graceland, or Sasquatch and oolichan. If I were minister of culture or of education, I would recommend this book as compulsory reading for every Canadian; it's about who we are and how we know." J.M. Bridgeman, Prairie Fire Review of Books, March 23, 2012 (Vol. 12, No. 1)

"Since publishing Monkey Beach, Eden Robinson has been one of Canada's most engaging writers.... Her latest work is flat out delicious reading, entertaining and informative at same time.... That's Robinson's method-righteous storytelling, straight from the heart. With this new one, Robinson further cements her place as a national treasure." Trevor Carolan, Pacific Rim Review of Books, April 2011 (full review at

"Eden Robinson's The Sasquatch at Home offers the reader a taste of her skill as a storyteller. The book is a tiny gem.... This brilliant little jewel, under 50 pages, offers readers a quick, but intense opportunity to experience the work of a rising Canadian writer. Like her novel, Monkey Beach, the accessibility of The Sasquatch at Home suggests its appropriateness for use in undergraduate courses. Above all, it is an essential acquisition for anyone with an interest in Pacific Northwest or Native Canadian studies, but it is also a find for those who just like a good story." Amy J. Ransom, American Review of Canadian Studies

"The genius of Robinson's lecture is that it makes the reader/listener 'do the work' of making meaning: as in oral traditions, we are called to draw the connections and come to our own conclusions."

Canadian Literature

"The Sasquatch at Home is Eden Robinson’s Kreisel Lecture, presented in Edmonton in 2010. [The book] is an excellent companion to Robinson’s widely popular novel Monkey Beach, explaining more about—and especially how Robinson herself learned about—the traditional teachings embodied in the novel, especially those of the small fish, oolichan, and the powerful herb, oxuli.... Each of the three sections combines the contemporary with the traditional, something that has been going on for a long time..." Frances W. Kaye, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Volume 46, Number 3

AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show - Book Design/Poetry and Literature

The Alcuin Society Citations for Excellence in Book Design in Canada - Non-Fiction Not Illustrated, 3rd

Publishers Association of the West, Western Regional Book Design and Production Awards - Silver, Short Stories / Poetry / Anthologies

ISBNs: 9780888645593 978-0-88864-559-3 Title: the sasquatch at home