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

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February 13, Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Kindi Academy, presentation to children about blindness and Seeing Eye dogs, 5801 Westview Lane, Lisle, Illinois 60532

February 7, Wednesday, noon to 3 pm, Glen Grove School Nora Project presentation, 3900 Glenview Rd., Glenview, Illinois

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January 31, Wednesday 9 pm, WGN Radio 720, The Download, Radio interview with host Justin Kaufmann, Chicago, Illinois

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It’s here! Free audio version of Writing Out Loud now available to people who are blind or visually impaired

February 23

February is Love Your Library month, and I’m celebrating in style: The Library of Congress Talking Book Service just released an audio version of my new book Writing Out Loud free of charge to Americans who are blind or visually impaired. The Library of Congress administers the National Library Service (NLS) a talking-book and Braille […]

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Mondays with Mike: Who ya gonna call? Checkbook!

February 19

In the wake of everything that happened last week, I have nothing to say that isn’t being said. And I’m kind of exhausted thinking about it, so I’m going to stick to some banal subjects instead. Like plumbers. Roofers. Car repair shops. Dry cleaners. Kennels. Veterinarians. Appliance repair shops and virtually any other service firms […]

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Is that a rude question, or a curious question?

February 17

It never fails. Every time my Seeing Eye dog Whitney and I visit a school, one of the kids comes up with a question I’ve never been asked before. Here’s my favorite from a trip we took to suburban Glenview earlier this month. “If you were never blinded, which would you rather be: a cat […]

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