David Bergen is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. In 2005, his novel The Time in Between won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He was subsequently shortlisted for the Giller for The Matter with Morris in 2010 and longlisted for The Retreat in 2008 and Stranger in 2016. Bergen was also a finalist in 2002 for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction for the book The Case of Lena S. His book The Age of Hope was defended by Ron MacLean on Canada Reads in 2013. He lives in Winnipeg, Man.
Bergen was the 2018 recipient of the Matt Cohen Award, which is given to a writer who has dedicated their professional career to writing, in celebration of their entire body of work.
From the Matt Cohen Award jury: "In novel after novel, David Bergen has explored some of the most important issues of his time, from such internal questions as what duties children owe their parents – to the eternal ones, such as what does a society owe its citizens."
Bergen's latest book, the short story collection Here the Dark, is on the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist. Here the Dark includes the story that won the 1999 CBC Short Story Prize, How Can n Men Share a Bottle of Vodka?
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