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Call Number: Mss 257 (A.00-41)

Title: David Bergen fonds.

Dates: 1984-2000.

Extent: 0.4 m of textual records.

Biographical sketch: David Bergen was born on January 14, 1957 in Port Edward, BC. 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 teaches English at Kelvin High School. They have 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 CBC 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 and his fifth book, The Time in Between, published by McClelland & Stewart in 2005, won the Scotia Bank Giller Prize. Throughout the 1990’s 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.

Scope and content: The fonds has been arranged into 4 series. They include: biographical materials, manuscripts, reviews, and correspondence.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to this fonds.

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

MSS 257 (A.00-41).

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.