EMWF Book Club: Return of the Trickster

Thursday April 15, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)
Book Club: Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson

Presented in partnership with Idea Exchange

Author: Eden Robinson
Rosanna Deerchild, host of CBC’s Unreserved

Sign up for the EMWF Book Club and enjoy conversation with fellow readers in the lead up to our main event: a live discussion between bestselling author Eden Robinson, and CBC’s Rosanna Deerchild. Registered book club members can submit their questions for Eden ahead of time for a chance to ask them during the event!

This event includes closed captioning.


Need the book?

The Bookshelf is our bookselling partner for this event. Limited signed copies of Return of the Trickster are available for pre-order if you order by March 1, 2021. If you would like to pre-order a signed copy, purchase online at bookshelf.ca or call 519-821-3311 x1. Your order will be available for pick-up or delivery on March 2 (the book’s release date). 

Pre-Event Discussion with Idea Exchange
Date and time: Thursday April 8, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Register for the discussion here.

Let’s talk about Return of the Trickster! Join Idea Exchange staff for a fun book club discussion of Eden Robinson’s third book in the Trickster Trilogy, ahead of the author interview hosted by the Eden Mills Writers Festival on April 15, 2021.

Return of the Trickster
By Eden Robinson
Published by Penguin Random House

In the third book of her brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy, Eden Robinson delivers an explosive, surprising and satisfying resolution.

All Jared Martin had ever wanted was to be normal, which was already hard enough when he had to cope with Maggie, his hard-partying, gun-toting, literal witch of a mother, Indigenous teen life and his own addictions. When he wakes up naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat, some of the people he loves--the ones who don't see the magic he attracts--just think he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety. The truth for Jared is so much worse.

He finally knows for sure that he is the only one of his bio dad Wee'git's 535 children who is a Trickster too, a shapeshifter with a free pass to other dimensions. Sarah, his ex, is happy he's a magical being, but everyone else he loves is either pissed with him, or in mortal danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed, or both. The scariest of those dark forces is his Aunt Georgina, a maniacal ogress hungry for his power, who has sent her posse of flesh-eating coy-wolves to track him down.

Even though his mother resents like hell that Jared has taken after his dad, she is also determined that no one is going to hurt her son. For Maggie it's simple--Kill or be killed, bucko. Soon Jared is at the centre of an all-out war--a horrifying place to be for the universe's sweetest Trickster, whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world a kinder, safer, place.

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.

Rosanna Deerchild (She/Her) is Cree, from the community of O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation. She has been a storyteller for more than 20 years; as a journalist, broadcaster and a poet. Most recently, as the host of CBC Radio One's Unreserved. Currently, she is helping to create a podcast called This Place, which will focus on Indigenous history in Canada.

Her debut poetry collection 'this is a small northern town' shared her reflections of growing up in a racially divided place. It won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, 'calling down the sky,' is a collaborative work with her mother who was forced to attend Indian Residential School. She is currently at work on her first play and another collection of poetry.