Writing Out Loud: now the print version is here, too!

May 5, 2017 • Posted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Seeing Eye dogs by


Book cover: Writing Out Loud by Beth FinkeFor all you patient readers who prefer hard copy to e-books, your wait is over. The print version is here, available for order onΒ Amazon.com, and soon to be at Sandmeyer’s and other fine booksellers.

You Safe & Sound blog readers are going to recognize some of the characters in this new book of mine — many have written guest posts here. Chronicling my time with a remarkable bunch of senior citizens has been a labor of love, and I hope reading Writing Out Loud leaves you loving (and learning from) them as much as I do.

Here’s the link to check it out:Β http://amzn.to/2pGpQOa

One advantage of books in print? The author can sign them for you. And who knows, Whitney the Seeing Eye dog might give you her paw print signature as well.

It’s been an emotional week here — we got news yesterday that one of Whitney’s predecessors, my retired Seeing Eye dog Hanni, had to be put down this past Wednesday. That loveable ball of fur lived an amazing 17 years. Hanni had her own book, of course, and is a major player in Writing Out Loud as well. Mike and I are still processing all this, and I hope to write a more proper tribute to Hanni here — an excerpt about her from the new book, perhaps — once all of this sinks in.

Photo of Whitney and Hanni.

Photo from our visit with Hanni a few weeks ago. (Photo: Nancy Bolero.)

Pat Fraser On May 5, 2017 at 8:24 am

I hope I was the first!!!!

Beth On May 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

Me, too. Then I’ll be able to say you’re the first in my book.

Anny Rusk On May 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

Beth: Bittersweet week. Mazel on the book and condolences on Hanni.

But boy did Hanni have a long full life!

Hope to see you at a signing soon.

Take Care,

Beth On May 5, 2017 at 9:52 am

You are so right: she lived 17 amazing years. You are also right about the bittersweet part, thanks for your good wishes.

Andrea Kelton On May 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

Congratulations, Beth! I can’t wait to get my copy. And good-bye Hanni-we will always love you.

Beth On May 5, 2017 at 9:50 am

Thanks, Andrea. I am not psychic like you, or physic like Wanda, but there is something uncanny about Hanni passing away the same week I completed work on this writing project. As if she said, okay, check. Beth got that done. I can go now…

Diana Conley On May 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

So sorry ti hear about Hanni. My Harley is 16 and I cherish each day I have with him. Looking forward to getting copy of your book to read and have you and Whitney sign. Also looking forward to new class starting May 10th. It has been too long for me.

Beth On May 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Oh, please give Harley a hug for me. So glad you’re coming back to class, Diana.

Cam On May 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about Hanni.

Beth On May 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Thanks, Cam. I’m doing fine but have this verge-of-tears feeling that won’t go away…

Mel Theobald On May 5, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Beth, so sorry to hear about Hanni. Like so many of your readers, I’m looking forward to getting my copy of the new book. I don’t know if you remember Marguerite Henry and her husband illustrator Wesley Dennis, but I loved her books about her horse Misty. When I was a teenager she sent me a letter with Misty’s “hoofograph” enclosed. I’m really excited about adding Whitney’s “paw signature” to that collection.

Judy Roth On May 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm

condolences on beloved Hanni

Beth On May 6, 2017 at 12:24 am

Thank you, Judy. You have always been so generous with donations to the Seeing Eye, and I must admit here that I haven’t yet had the heart to pick up the phone and tell them about Hanni’s passing. Will get to that soon.

Jenny Fischer On May 6, 2017 at 10:46 am

Beth- can’t wait to read the book and so sad for the loss of Hanni. She lived an important life!!
Love, Jenny and Dennis

Beth On May 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

That’s a perfect way to say it. Hanni did live an important life. Once you read Writing Out Loud you’ll see that she plays an important part of that book, too! Thanks for the message, love to you both.

Sheila A. Donovan On May 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Beth, such topsy-turvy news. I’m sorry about Hanni’s passing. I knw how important she was to you. On a higher note, are you bringing copies of WRITING OUT LOUD to Wednesday’s memoir group session?

Sheila A. Donovan On May 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Oops! I just realized that you’ll probably bring your books to the publishing party at Darlene’s.

Beth On May 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Actually, I’m hoping Ellen Sandmeyer will be bringing copies to that party , but I’m sure she and Ulrich wouldn’t mind if you sauntered over to Sandmeyer’s Bookstore to buy one ahead of time –they should be getting theirs in later this week.

BlindBeader On May 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Hanni’s passing. Thank you for sharing her so openly with all of us.
And Congratulations on your book birthday! That’s great! I hope it will be available on commercial audio one day soon for those of us not in the USA πŸ™‚
I’m looking forward to reading your tribute to your wonderful Seeing Eye Dog Hanni πŸ™‚

Beth On May 8, 2017 at 12:56 am

Yes, working on all fronts to get this book on audio, and soon!

Jenny On May 18, 2017 at 7:02 am

I was so sorry to read about Hanni last week, and only getting a chance to write to you now. She was an amazing dog. Not many dogs can say they have a book dedicated to them! Thanks to her, while I was probably googling something about guide dogs when having OJ was all quite new to me, I came across her name, and as a result met you. So thanks Hanni for probably one of the longest online friendships I’ve ever had!

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