David Bergen


David Bergen's The Age of Hope is being defended by Ron MacLean for Canada Reads 2013.

Winnipeg author David Bergen has written seven novels, including The Time in Between, which won the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and a collection of short stories. David was born in a small fishing village in British Columbia, but moved to small-town Manitoba with his family when he was 12. He's the son of a Mennonite pastor, and his Mennonite heritage often figures in his novels, many of which are set in the province.

David began writing fiction in his spare time, while teaching high school, and drew accolades from early on. His first novel, A Year of Lesser, won Manitoba's McNally Robinson Book of the Year prize and was named one of the notable books of 1997 by the New York Times. His third novel, The Case of Lena S., was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award in 2002. After winning the Giller Prize, David left teaching and devoted himself to writing full time.