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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C’mon, can a person who can’t see really appreciate tomorrow’s eclipse?

August 20

A show called The World aired a story on Public Radio International (PRI) last week about an app called eclipse soundscapes made especially for people who are blind or have visual impairments. I could see fine when I was a kid, and I watched the total eclipse of the sun on March 7, 1970 using […]

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What rules were you supposed to obey as a kid?

August 18

During the presentations I’ve been doing about Writing Out Loud I am often asked where I come up with the prompts I use in our memoir-writing classes. My answer? “All over the place!” Here’s an example. After Sam Shepherd died a few weeks ago I listened to a 1998 interview Terry Gross did with him […]

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Mondays with Mike: Here’s to Bobbie

August 14

Last week Beth and Whitney and I traveled to South Carolina to attend the church service for Beth’s sister Barbara (we call her Bobbie), who died the week prior at the age of 78. Bobbie was a lovely woman. She did not want for material things, but she never lost touch with what mattered even […]

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