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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Beth Finke  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: in Elmhurst, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Finke was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and now lives in the Printers Row neighborhood of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Beth Finke is a NPR Commentator, an award-winning author, teacher and journalist who also happens to be blind.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Long Time, No See
ISBN: 0252072197

University of Illinois Press. 2004

Beth Finke was a 26-year-old newlywed with a promising career when juvenile diabetes caused her to lose her sight. Journals kept during eye surgeries and transcribed onto Finke's talking computer became the foundation for Long Time, No See, a book celebrating how ordinary people can work through extraordinary difficulties.
With unflinching candor and acerbic wit, Finke chronicles the ups and downs of her marriage, her rocky training period with a seeing-eye dog, her struggles to find employment, and her life with her son Gus, born with special needs of his own.
Finke's life story and her commanding knowledge of her situation give readers a clear understanding of diabetes, blindness, and the issues faced by parents of children with significant disabilities. Because she has taken care to include accurate medical information as well as personal memoir, Long Time, No See serves as a resource for others in similar situations and for professionals who deal with adults or children who have disabilities.

Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound
ISBN: 0979291801

Blue Marlin Publications. 2007

Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound, is the story of how Beth, who is blind, travels safely around the city--to work, shopping, even to baseball games--with the help of Hanni, a specially-trained Golden/Labrador Retriever. It's a touching tale of mutual devotion and teamwork. Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound includes factual information about how Hanni was raised and trained, how Beth and Hanni learned to work together as a team, and what it's like to be blind.


  • ''Long Time No See'' was a Book Sense University Press Top Ten List and named one of Chicago Tribune's favorite non-fiction books for 2003
  • ''Hanni and Beth

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    To see a complete listing of Beth's speaking engagements and upcoming appearances, go to http August 11 (Thursday)

    2 p.m. Lincoln Park Village Presentation on Memoir Writing 773.248.8700