David Bergen fonds
Call Number: Mss 257, Pc 235 (A.00-41, A.08-79)

Title: David Bergen fonds.

Dates: 1984-2008.

Extent: 1.5 m of textual records. -- 20 photographs. -- 3 videocassettes.

Biographical sketch: David Bergen was born on January 14, 1957 in Port Edward, British Columbia. He graduated from Red River Community College with a journalism degree in 1980 and a B.Ed. from the University of Winnipeg in 1985. He currently resides in Winnipeg with his wife Mary and their four children. Bergen has gained a notable reputation in his writing career. His first book, Sitting Opposite My Brother, is a collection of short stories and was published in 1993 by Turnstone Press. This book was short-listed for the Manitoba Book of the Year Award. That year he also was named Manitoba’s most promising writer. Five stories in Sitting With My Brother were broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program, Between the Covers. In 1995, the Bravo Television Network produced his short story, Bottom of the Glass. His second book, A Year of Lesser, was published by Harper Collins and was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1997 and winner of the McNally Robinson book of the Year Award. In 1999, Harper Collins published his third title, See the Child. His fourth book, The Case of Lena S., was published in 2002 by McClelland & Stewart. His fifth book, The Time In Between, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2005 and earned Bergen the Scotia Bank Giller Prize. His sixth and latest book, The Retreat, published by McClelland & Stewart in 2008, was also nomiated for the Giller Prize. Throughout the 1990s, a number of Bergen’s stories have been published in a variety of magazines. In 2000, Bergen won the Canadian Literary Award for Short Story.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by David Bergen in 2000 and 2008.

Scope and content: The first accession (A.00-41) has been arranged into 4 series. They include biographical materials, manuscripts, reviews, and correspondence. The 2008 accession (A.08-79) has also been arranged into four series: prewriting and notes, drafts and manuscripts, newspaper clippings and reviews, as well as photographs and videocassettes. Included are notes, pre-writing, and drafts of Bergen's most recent works including The Retreat, The Time In Between, and The Case of Lena S. The fonds also contains correspondence, newspaper reviews of Bergen's novels, as well as photographs from the Giller Prize ceremony, among other records.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 257, PC 235 (A.00-41, A.08-79).

We greatly acknowledge the financial support of the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport and the Heritage Grants Advisory Council in the creation of this finding aid.