September 16th, 2019 7 pm - 8:30 pm
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Max and Benny's Restaurant, Deli and Bakery 
461 Waukegan Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

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Max and Benny's 


Author Beth Finke will be featured

at Max and Benny's!


Critically acclaimed Chicago-based writer Fern Schumer Chapman has written several award-winning books. Her memoir, MOTHERLAND -- a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and a BookSense76 pick -- is a popular choice for book clubs. Her other books, IS IT NIGHT OR DAY?, LIKE FINDING MY TWIN, and STUMBLING ON HISTORY are used in middle school classrooms. In 2004, the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) named Chapman the "Illinois Author of the Year." Twice, Oprah Winfrey shows have featured her books.

Beth Finke met her husband in journalism school, and both planned on long careers as newspaper reporters.

 But then the spots showed up.  A year later, at age 26, Beth was blind.
The Americans with Disabilities Act had not been passed yet, and Beth's career path took some major detours --including a long stint working as a nude model for university art students.

Her persistence paid off, though.

the recipient of a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Beth is the author of three published books. Her radio essays air on NPR, and her writing appears everywhere from Cheryl Sandberg's  OptionB to Hollywood's Variety Magazine. The Lisagor Award she won for a 2005 essay she recorded about the World Champion White Sox put her in a class of her own: she is  the only blind woman in America to win an award for sports Broadcasting.

Beth's latest book, Writing Out Loud, is a whimsical look at how leading memoir-writing classes for Chicagoans 65 and better help her continue living the fun, creative  and pleasurable life she always has. 

Beth lives in the Printers Row neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Mike Knezovich, and her Seeing Eye dog, Whitney. 

And she no longer models nude for art students.






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