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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota


Illinois Connection

Berg lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. She studied English at the University of Minnesota, and later ended up as a nurse. Her debut novel was published in 1993, and today she is a bestselling author. Her three novels ''Durable Goods'', ''Joy School'', and ''True to Form'' are a trilogy about the 12-year-old Katie Nash and are, in part, based on Berg's own experience as a daughter born into a military family.Berg has received several literary awards and nominations. Her writing has been translated into 27 languages and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of ''Writing Matters'', a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Durable Goods"""

-- *Best Book of the Year, American Library Association


-- """Joy School"""

-- *Best Book of the Year, American Library Association


-- """Talk Before Sleep"""

-- *Illumminator Award, AMC Cancer Research Center

-- *Shortlisted, ABBY Award, 1996


-- """Open House"""

-- *Oprah's Book Club Selection, 2000


-- """The Art of Mending"""

-- *One Book, South Dakota


-- """National Geographic Traveler article on a cooking school in Positano, Italy"""

-- *North American Travel Journalists Association Award


-- """The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted and Other Small Acts of Liberation"""

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015


-- """Body of Work"""

-- *Illinois Literary Heritage Award, Illinois Center for the Book, 2018

-- *New England Booksellers Award for fiction, 1997

-- *Literary Light, Boston Public Library

-- *Honored by the Chicago Public Library

-- *Honored at the 2004 Illinois Author Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.