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David Bergen has 2 upcoming events.

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ROUND TABLE: Setting the Story
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, November 1 at 7:30pm
Three award-winning authors discuss their most recent novels, in which the setting factors as significantly as the characters. Lewis DeSoto will host and moderate.

David Bergen is the award-winning author of eight novels, including The Time in Between, winner of the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Matter with Morris, shortlisted for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the bestselling The Age of Hope, a finalist for CBC Canada Reads in 2013. Bergen presents Leaving Tomorrow, an emotionally powerful story about a hopeful young man who yearns for a larger life outside of his small town in Alberta.

Lewis DeSoto's latest novel is The Restoration Artist. An artist as well as a writer, he has exhibited his paintings across Canada. A former editor of the Literary Review of Canada, DeSoto has published essays and short stories in numerous journals, and he was awarded the Books in Canada/Writers’ Union Short Prose Award. His novel A Blade of Grass was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He is also the author of a biography of Emily Carr, part of the Extraordinary Canadians series.

Christos Tsiolkas is an author, playwright, essayist and screenwriter. His novel The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Tsiolkas presents his fifth novel, Barracuda, a moving story about a talented young swimmer’s struggle towards maturity.

Richard Wagamese is the author of 12 previous novels, including Keeper'n Me and Indian Horse, a recent Canada Reads finalist. He is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the bestselling One Native Life and One Story, One Song, which won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. He leads writing and storytelling workshops across the country, and makes frequent appearances as a speaker. Wagamese presents Medicine Walk. Set in the dramatic landscape of the BC Interior, it is a novel about love, friendship, courage and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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Nov
2
READING: David Bergen, Michael Crummey, Charlotte Gray and Claire Holden Rothman
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, November 2 at 12pm
Authors David Bergen, Michael Crummey, Charlotte Gray and Claire Holden Rothman read from their latest works.

David Bergen is the award-winning author of eight novels, including The Time in Between, winner of the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Matter with Morris, shortlisted for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the bestselling The Age of Hope, a finalist for CBC Canada Reads in 2013. Bergen presents Leaving Tomorrow, an emotionally powerful story about a hopeful young man who yearns for a larger life outside of his small town in Alberta.

Michael Crummey is the bestselling author of four books of poetry and a book of short stories, Flesh and Blood. His debut novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his second, The Wreckage, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His most recent novel, Galore, won the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2010 and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Crummey presents Sweetland, a deeply suspenseful story about one man's struggles against the forces of nature and the ruins of memory.

Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s preeminent biographers and historians. She is the recipient of many awards and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Gray presents her latest work of non-fiction, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, which was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize. The book tells the sensational true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families in 1915.

Poet Jacob McArthur Mooney's last collection, Folk, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Trillium Book Award in Poetry. He curates and hosts the bi-weekly Pivot Reading Series in Toronto.

Claire Holden Rothman is the author of two story collections and a bestselling novel, The Heart Specialist, longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize and published in six countries. Her translation of Canada’s first novel, L’influence d’un livre (The Influence of a Book) by Philippe-Ignace François Aubert de Gaspé, won the John Glassco Translation Prize. She lives in Montreal with playwright Arthur Holden. Rothman presents her 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted novel, My October, a masterful tale of a modern family torn apart by the power of language and the weight of history.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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David Bergen was born on January 14, 1957 in Port Edward, a small fishing village in British Columbia, and later grew up in the small town of Niverville, Manitoba.  He went to Bible college in British Columbia and Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he studied creative communication. He taught English and Creative Writing at Winnipeg's Kelvin High School until 2002.

Raised as a Mennonite, Bergen has noted that the tendency of the church to stifle questions and criticism affected his decision to write fiction. "Writing is a way of figuring things out," he says. "If you can't ask certain questions in church, maybe you can ask them in fiction."
His debut novel, A Year of Lesser in 1996, was a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. His 2002 novel The Case of Lena S. was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for English language fiction and won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. It was also a finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.

His 2005 novel The Time in Between won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, received a coveted starred review in the Kirkus Reviews trade magazine, and was recently longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Award. In 2008 he published his fifth novel, The Retreat, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. In 2010 he was shortlisted again for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his sixth novel, The Matter with Morris.

He is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Sitting Opposite My Brother (1993), which was a finalist for the Manitoba Book of the Year.

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