David Bergen was born in Port Edward, British Columbia in 1957. His novels include A Year of Lesser, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award; See the Child; The Case of Lena S., winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction; and The Time in Between, which won the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize, The McNally Robinson Book of the Year and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. The Time in Between (M&S 2005) is about a man who leaves his home in British Columbia for a return visit to Vietnam, where he fought 29 years earlier, only to disappear there. Bergen also published a collection of short fiction, Sitting Opposite My Brother. His novel, The Retreat, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2008. In Out of Mind (Goose Lane, 2021) , David Bergen delves into the psyche of Lucille Black, mother, grandmother, lover, psychiatrist, and analyst of self, who first appeared in Bergen's bestselling novel The Matter with Morris. Although adept at probing the lives of others, Lucille has become untethered, caught between duty and desire, between the demands of family and her own longing. He lives with his family in Winnipeg.

[BCBW 2021] "Fiction"