ScotiaBank Gillers
20 Years of the Scotiabank Giller Prize: A Digital Retrospective

Previous Winners - Previous Previous Winners - Next
David Bergen 2005
In 2005, the literary prize named in honour of Doris Giller reached a sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank. Now officially known as the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the prize money was increased from $25,000 to $40,000, and B.C.-born, Winnipeg-based novelist David Bergen was the writer to claim it that year with his book The Time in Between.

In the novel, a former Vietnam War soldier travels back to the country that he remembers as war-ravaged, and which left a deep, haunting impression on him. The story "explores our need to understand the relationship between love and duty," the jury declared, adding that "it was a subtle and elegantly written novel by an author in complete command of his talent."

Did You Know?

In 1996, Bergen and his family packed up and moved to Vietnam with two intentions: to volunteer to teach English, and to track down Vietnamese writer Bao Ninh, author of The Sorrow of War, as part of a non-fiction book Bergen wanted to write. He never found Bao Ninh, but the experiences he had in the country inspired The Time in Between.

2005 Shortlist:

David Bergen - The Time in Between
Joan Barfoot - Luck
Camilla Gibb - Sweetness in the Belly
Lisa Moore - Alligator
Edeet Ravel - A Wall of Light

Photo: CP