Join Elizabeth Berg on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Headquarters Branch where she will present her latest novel, Night of Miracles.
Before Berg became a writer, she was a registered nurse for ten years, and that was her school for writing- taking care of patients taught her about human nature, about hope, fear, love, loss, regret, triumph, and relationships- all things she focuses on in her writing. Women in transition are ofter the center of Berg's fiction, from a teenager grieving the loss of her mother to a woman nursing her best friend through cancer. Berg has written more than twenty novels, three short story collections, and two nonfiction books. Three of her novels were made into telelvision movies. Berg has also been honored with the NEBA for her body of work.
Berg's first novel, Durable Goods, won the ALA Best Book of the Year award. Set on a Texas army base in the 1960s, Durable Goods is the story of two teenage girls whose abusive father, an army officer, treats them as if they were boot-camp recruits. Another loved title is Talk Before Sleep, about the friendship between a nurse and a dying woman. Open House was a 2000 Oprah Book Club pick about a woman recreating her life after divorce. The Dream Lover is about 19th century novelist George Sand.
Her most recent book, The Story of Arthur Truluv was called "redemptive without being maudlin" by Booklist and it depicts an unlikely friendship between a teenage girl and an elderly widower. Berg's next novel, Night of Miracles, was released in November 2018, as a companion novel to The Story of Arthur Truluv, following the same characters.
Berg became her writing career as a columnist for both New Woman and Parents. Her article on a cooking school in Positano, Italy for National Geographic Traveler magazine won a NATJA travel writing award. In 2018, Berg received the State of Illinois Literary Heritage Award for her wonderful contributions to literary culture.
We will be in Meeting Room A.
The program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library.