A conversation will take place at the Museum Sunday March 29, 2020, from 1 to 3pm between current writer in residence and award-winning author, Eden Robinson, and Haig-Brown family member and scholar of gender, sexuality and literature, Ann Cvetkovich.
During the winter months, the Haig-Brown House plays host to a resident writer, who is given time to work on their writing projects and to connect with the community. It’s a perfect fit for this historic site that was home to internationally known author, Roderick Haig-Brown, and his wife Ann, a local school librarian who was actively involved in the community. Both Roderick and Ann left lasting legacies that have rippled far beyond Campbell River, and the writing residency is one way that their legacy is honoured. Previous writers in residence have described the house as a sanctuary that welcomes writers and serves as a source of inspiration to them.
The current writer in residence is Eden Robinson. Robinson has been selected as a finalist for this year’s Canada Reads competition for her novel Son of a Trickster. She is from Kitimaat, BC and has won multiple awards for her writing, including the Writer’s Trust Fellowship and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her first novel, Monkey Beach, is currently been adapted into a feature-length film. During the residency she has been working on the third book of her Trickster Trilogy. This series is being adapted into a CBC television mini-series and is currently on the National Bestseller List.
Ann Cvetkovich is the oldest grandchild of Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown and has been shaped by the experience of visiting their house on the Campbell River. In her adult life she has become a scholar of gender, sexuality, and literature, who has been teaching and writing about Eden Robinson. She is currently Director of the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University and the author of several books, including An Archive of Feelings and Depression: A Public Feeling.
In a public conversation, Ann Cvetkovich and Eden Robinson will discuss what Robinson, who lives in and writes about Haisla territory, is learning from her experience at Haig-Brown House and its location “above tide” on the Campbell River in Laich-kwil-tach territory. They will explore the relationships between the Haig-Brown legacy and Robinson’s projects as an Indigenous writer. Other members of the Haig-Brown family, including Roderick and Ann’s daughters, Valerie and Mary, will also be present.
The cost to attend is $7. For more information go to www.crmuseum.ca