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 15, Friday, 1:00 pm,
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, Book Discussion and Signing, 5333 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60640

September 6, Wednesday, 7:30 pm, Women & Children First, presenting Writing Out Loud, joined by two of the members of her senior memoir-writing classes: Regan Burke and John Craib-Cox, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640, 773.769.9299


August 24, Thursday, 7:00 pm, Trails Book Club, Writing Out Loud, Discussion and Q&A
Urbana, IL

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Mondays with Mike: Meet Rishi Agrawal, who’s running for judge.

September 18

Earlier this year Beth gave her senior writers at the Chicago Cultural center this prompt: My Favorite Year. Anu Agrawal chose 1969, when she and her husband immigrated from India. Anu shared her reminiscences about seeing the lakefront for the first time, the museums, and Marshall Field’s here at the Safe & Sound blog back […]

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Guest post: They may just have to lie about their age

September 15

I like promoting my books as much as I like writing them – you meet so many cool new people, and in so many different settings. We had a great turn-out at Women & Children First bookstore last Wednesday (big thanks to all of you who came), and I’m speaking to a group this afternoon […]

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Mondays with Mike: It’s a cel-ablation!

September 11

First things first: Beth’s sister Marilee and her Florida family weathered Irma and everyone is safe. Though it sounds like some hard work is ahead. Phew. Now, in other news: For those of you who care to know but don’t yet, I had what’s called a catheter cryoballoon ablation last week. Rolls right off the […]

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