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

July 19, 2017, The Book Cellar,
discussion panel with authors Alex Higley (Cardinal and Other Stories) and Nicholas Aharon Boggioni (The Fundamentalist’s Daughter). 4736-38 N. Lincoln ave.
Chicago, IL 60625, 773.293.2665

Writers Group, papers, pencils, coffee cup

June 17, 2017, Saturday, 4 to 7 pm: Private celebration for Printers Row neighbors, The Grant, 1211 S. Prairie, Chicago, IL

People writing, notebooks, pens, coffee cups

June 16, 2017, Friday, 1 to 3 pm: Private celebration with writers from the Grace Place “Me, Myself, and I” memoir classes, One Museum Park, 1211 S. Prairie, Chicago, IL  60605

Printers Row Lit Fest logo on pass tag

June 11, 2017, Sunday, 10 am: Printers Row Lit Fest session: Getting Your Memoir off the Ground, with Anna Nessy Perlberg, Wanda Bridgeforth and  Nancy Sayre, Jones College Prep HS., 600 S. State 4th Floor, Rm 4008, Chicago, IL

June 10, 2017, Saturday, 11 am – noon: Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, book signing during Printers Row Litfest, sidewalk in front of store. 714 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60605, 312.922.2104

June 9, 2017, Friday, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, presentation and book signing. Woman’s Athletic Club, The Drawing Room, 626 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.

Photo of Beth signing books at an appearance.

June 3, 2017, Saturday, 1 pm – 3 pm: The Bookstore475 N. Main, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Beth will read from her new book Writing Out Loud, and sign copies of the book afterward.

Beth Finke visits Arlington Traditional Elementary School

May 18, 2017, Thursday, 12:30 pm. Arlington Traditional School, 855 N. Edison Street, Arlington, VA. Presentation for second graders.

Disabled worker viewing computer screen at work

May 16, 2017, Tuesday, 10 am: On the Table 2017 – Disability Inclusion at Work, 200 E. Randolph St. 3rd Floor, Chicago Room, Chicago, IL  60601

Sandmeyer's Bookstore Chicago

May 13, 2017, Saturday, 1 to 3pm: Mother’s Day book signing, Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, 714 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL  60605

May 11, 2017, Thursday, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., Center for Life and Learning, a learning community for adults 60 and more at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Book Presentation and signing. 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312.981.3387

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Quick! Name the only protected park in the world managed by two countries

June 23

Two weeks from now I’ll be flying to New England to write in the surroundings of a national park in Maine. Or should I say, in Canada? I am one of a handful of writers accepted to Iota: The Conference of Short Prose at Roosevelt Campobello International Park this year. The schedule they sent with […]

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Mondays with Mike: OMG, Ooooommmmmm

June 19

Some twenty years ago, when Beth and I lived for a couple years on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, one of our beach friends talked me into joining her at yoga class. I’d heard and read good things about yoga, but I confess that I had a crunchy granola prejudice against it that made […]

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It all came back to me then

June 18

One of the many many things I love about people of a certain age? They answer their phones when you call. After my new book Writing Out Loud came out last month, I dug up a computer file from a dozen years ago and started tracking down the seniors who’d been in the first memoir-writing […]

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