Eden Robinson is the daughter of a Haisla father and a Heiltsuk mother. She grew up near Kitamaat, British Columbia. In 1997, Maclean's magazine named her one of the 100 Young Canadians to Watch. Her collection of stories, Traplines, was awarded the Winifred Holtby Prize for the best first work of fiction in the Commonwealth, beating out writers from 50 countries. Traplines was also a New York Times Editor's Choice and Notable Book of the year and won the Prism International Prize for short fiction. Monkey Beach, her acclaimed novel, is the first to be published by a Haisla writer. Eden was the Writer-in-Residence at the Whitehorse Public Library in the Yukon and now lives in Vancouver.