David Bergen

David Bergen is a Canadian novelist.
David Bergen is the author of the novel Stranger. (David Bergen)

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."

Books by David Bergen


Author David Bergen speaks with CBC Manitoba's Marcy Markusa about his Writers' Trust Matt Cohen Award win. 5:43
David Bergen on his new novel about a young Guatemalan woman who travels to a dystopian future America to reclaim her stolen daughter. 13:18


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