Photo of students in lecture hall.

April 19, Thursday, 11 am to 12:20 pm, Guest Lecture: Companion Animals in Society, University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, Foellinger auditorium, Urbana, Illinois 61801

March 22, Thursday, 11:30 a.m., Wm. Rall Elementary School, presentation to younger students, 761 Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, NY.

1 pm, Daniel Street School, presentation to first grade, 289 Daniel Street, Lindenhurst, NY.

March 23, Friday, Harding Avenue Elementary  School, daylong presentations, 2 Harding Ave., Lindenhurst, NY

Photo of Beth addressing elementary school class.

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

Photo of Justin Kaufmann

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

photo of Shedd Aquariam from outside.

January 16, Tuesday, 2018 1:15 pm,
Shedd Aquarium, Guest Experience Team
Accessibility Awareness Panel with Rachel Arfa, Brian Balcom, Laurie Viets.
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605

December 7, Thursday, noon, The Admiral at the Lake,
Memoir-writing workshop, 929 W Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

November 28, Tuesday, University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, Guest Lecture
Animal Science 250: Companion Animals in Society
Urbana, Illinois

November 17, Friday, all day, Clarendon Hills Middle School, memoir-writing workshop for 6th graders, 301 Chicago Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

October 27, Friday, 1:30 pm, Bethany Retirement Community, Writing Out Loud presentation, 4950 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

Photo of Harold Washington Library

October 17, Tuesday, 6:00 pm,
Chicago Author’s Room, Writing Out Loud Presentation, reading including Wanda Bridgeforth,  and book signing, Harold Washington Library Center,
400 S. State Street, 7th floor,
Chicago, IL 60605

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

July 29, Saturday 9 pm: WGN Radio
Nocturnal Journal
Live interview with host Dave Hoekstra.

July 28. Friday, 1 to 3 pm
Skyline Village, presentation and book signing, Ditka’s Restaurant, 100 East Chestnut, Chicago, IL, Fee: $5 per person, helps cover rental of room. Please RSVP:

July 19, 2017, The Book Cellar, Wednesday, 7 pm:
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

Students in a Hough Street Elementary School classroom.

May 4, 2017, Thursday, Hough Street Elementary School, 310 S Hough St., Barrington, IL 60010. Beth will speak to second-graders about how she travels with her Seeing Eye dog, and how she navigates life without being able to see. To be rescheduled in September.

Rosalyn students looking at iPads.

May 4, 2017, ThursdaySchool Presentation, Roslyn Road Elementary School, 224 Roslyn Road, Barrington, IL 60010. Beth will speak to second-graders about how she travels with her Seeing Eye dog, and how she navigates life without being able to see. To be rescheduled in September.

Gentleman walking dog

April 24, 2017, Monday, keynote speaker for Wisconsin AER / Vision & Orientation and Mobility Professionals Conference, Holiday Inn Hotel & convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point, WI.

Lecture hall

April 20, 2017, Thursday, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Guest Lecture: Companion Animals in Society, Foellinger auditorium
Urbana, IL 61801

Fish swimming

March 30, 2017, Thursday, 1 to 3 pm: Panelist, Accessibility and Inclusion, Shedd Aquarium Department on Planning and Design. Panel of 4 will share their experience with various disabilities. Chicago, IL 312.692.3315

February 24, 2017, Friday, 5:30 pm: Victory Gardens Theater Access project, Disability and the Arts Program. 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, ILL 60614. 773-328-2130

Group of Kids

February 6, 2017, Monday, 1:15 pm: Presentation to 2nd graders at Frances Xavier Warde School, Old St. Patrick’s Campus, 120 South DesPlaines Street, Chicago, IL  60661  312-466-0700.

Preschoolers drawing

January 10, 2017, Tuesday, 10am – 11am: Presentation for preschoolers at Kindi Academy, 5801 Westview Lane, Lisle, IL  60532, 630-560-4900.

Seeing eye dog

November 29, 2016, 12:30 to 1:50pm, Guest Lecture, Animal Science 250: Companion Animals in Society:  University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, Urbana, IL.

Kids in classroom

October 21, 2016, Friday, 1:30 pm: Wilmot Elementary School, Disability Awareness Week presentation. 795 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, IL.