Beth Finke Author

NPR commentator Beth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher, journalist and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She also happens to be blind.

“To face extraordinary challenges with grace and courage is remarkable in itself. To write about it as eloquently as Beth Finke does is a gift.” — Jean Thompson, author of  She Poured Out Her Heart


Upcoming Events

September 6, Wednesday, 7:30 pm., Women & Children First, presentation with members of memoir-writing class: Regan Burke and John Craib-Cox, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640, 773.769.9299


July 29, Saturday 9 pm: WGN Radio
Nocturnal Journal
Live interview with host Dave Hoekstra.

July 28. Friday, 1 to 3 pm
Skyline Village, presentation and book signing, Ditka’s Restaurant, 100 East Chestnut, Chicago, IL, Fee: $5 per person, helps cover rental of room. Please RSVP:

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Come this Friday and get a history lesson from Audrey

July 26

Hey! I’m doing another Writing Out Loud event in Chicago this Friday, and Audrey Mitchell (a writer from the “Me, Myself and I” class I lead at the Chicago Cultural Center) is going to be with me at this one, too: Friday, July 28, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm Ditka’s Restaurant, 100 E. Chestnut I’ll be […]

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Mondays with Mike: It started as just another walk

July 24

Our friends Nancy and Steven (AKA Hanni’s people) were in town to see Hamilton this past weekend. If you haven’t noticed this yet, Beth kinda liked Hamilton. A close second to seeing Hamilton for Beth is seeing friends right after they’ve seen Hamilton, so she can get all giddy with them and talk about Hamilton. […]

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Book review: Richard Ford’s Between Them

July 22

Al Hippensteel is the editor of The Dearborn Express, our free neighborhood newspaper, and he’s in the memoir-writing class I lead in Printers Row, too. Before class one day Al asked if anyone might be interested in writing book reviews for the paper, and his fellow memoir-writer Lorraine Schmall jumped at the chance. Her latest […]

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