Happy Birthday, David Bergen, born 14 January 1957
- When I get moved to write a story, I don’t question the story. I dive right in, and I try to ignore the voices that are chattering away at me: ‘You can’t do that’, ‘You shouldn’t do that’. I just sort of leap and take a chance and go for it.
- That’s the novelist’s job: to peel back the layers and look underneath.
- For me, when I ‘discover’ a story, there is a feeling of buoyancy and clarity, perhaps similar to early morning out on a prairie highway, when darkness lifts and reveals the outline of farmhouses and copses of trees in the distance.
- You are only as good as your last book, and so there has to be a book.
- As a writer, you write the book, you give it to your editor, it’s copy edited, it’s published, it’s thrown out there, and then there’s a response.
- Invite characters of surprising and moral character, or at least those who grapple with what is right or those who make decisions that shock.
- An editor is an accomplice, looking in from the outside. That objective view is essential. We don’t write in a vacuum, and we don’t publish in a vacuum.
David Bergen is a Canadian novelist. He has published nine novels and one collection of short stories. Among his acclaimed works are The Time in Between, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Matter with Morris, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, the winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Stranger, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize.
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