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.