Nonfiction writer and poet Bruce Berger is best known for a series of books exploring the intersections of nature and culture, usually in desert settings. The first of these works, the essay collection The Telling Distance, won the 1990 Western States Book Award and the 1991 Colorado Book Award, and its contents have been widely anthologized. It was followed by There Was A River, whose title piece is a narrative of what may have been the last trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon before its inundation by Lake Powell, and by Almost an Island, which recounts three decades of exploration and friendship in Baja California.
Two more books
of prose are set in Berger's adoptive hometown of Aspen, Colorado: The Complete Half-Aspenite, an essay collection that
won the 2006 Colorado Authors´ League Award for Narrative
Nonfiction, and Music in the Mountains, a history of
the Aspen Music Festival. Texts integrated with photographs
include Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California Sur, winner of the 2006 ForeWord Silver Award in the Nature category, and its text won the 2006 Colorado Authors' League Award for Specialty Writing, and Sierra, Sea and Desert: El Vizcaíno.
His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times,
Sierra, Orion, Gramophone and numerous literary quarterlies, and for
three years he was a contributing editor at American Way,
the magazine of American Airlines. He often collaborates on visual projects with the photographer Miguel Angel de la Cueva, both in print and online.
poems have appeared in Poetry, Barron's, Orion and
various literary reviews in the United States and Scotland, and have been collected in Facing
the Music. A subsequent manuscript has twice been a finalist for the Anthony Hecht Prize. He is a 3 times winner of the Colorado Authors' League
Award for Poetry and has been a featured poet in Light.
Bruce Berger grew up in suburban Chicago and graduated from
Yale University with a B.A. in English. During graduate work
at the University of California, Berkeley, wondering what
Crater Lake looked like in the snow, he chucked his books
down the library chute and left academia. He subsequently
played piano professionally for three years in Spain, and
more recently has played benefit classical recitals in Mexico.
In October, 2008, Bruce Berger was sent by the Department of State to represent the United States at the Mussoorie International Wrtiter's Festival in northern India, followed by a week of readings in New Delhi and Mumbai.
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THE END OF THE SHERRY recounts what happens to a young American who finds himself abandoned in southern Spain in 1965 with a dog and a dubious car, stumbles into work as a nightclub pianist, and stays for three improbable years. Berger's adventures blossom into a portrait of provincial Spain toward the end of the Franco dictatorship —
bleakness that breaks into unexpected hilarity even as the author discovers his calling as a person and a writer. His return to Spain after the death of Franco puts it all into perspective.
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A kinetic memoir... an engrossing adventure
Lovely anecdotes follow one after another, a connoisseur's selection painted with specificity and a bright palette. When Berger wrestles with the meaning of cachondeo, he defines the picaresque nature of his own existence.
— New York Journal of Books
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