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An Evening with David Bergen

Tuesday Sep 30 2014 8:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant
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Launch of Leaving Tomorrow: A Novel (HarperCollins Canada).

In the small Alberta town of Tomorrow, young Arthur yearns for a larger life. His father prefers the love of horses and good books, his mother is guided by practicality and her faith, while his rough-edged brother Bev chooses action over thinking. Solitary Arthur has one ally, his adopted cousin, Isobel. Their mutual admiration for the land, for literature, for all things French and for each other sustains Arthur.

When Bev goes to fight in Vietnam and returns emotionally broken, relationships within the family change and tensions between the two brothers rise. Arthur leaves for Paris, where he pursues his passions for writing and women and at last claims the life he has always wanted. But dreams and reality donít always match, and it takes going away for Arthur to appreciate the push and pull of both home and love.

David Bergen is an award-winning author of five previous novels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book and The Case of Lena S. was a finalist for the Governor Generalís Award for Fiction. In 2005, Bergen won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between. His sixth novel, The Matter with Morris, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2010 and his most recent novel, The Age of Hope, was a #1 bestseller. A recent winner of the Writersí Trust Award for a writer in mid-career, Bergen lives with his family in Winnipeg.