Best-selling author Elizabeth Berg at Skidompha Chats Aug. 9

Posted:  Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 8:30am

Elizabeth Berg, the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including novels and short story collections will visit Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions program on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. in the library’s Porter Meeting Hall. Please allow time for parking.

Berg has also written a manual on writing entitled, “Escaping into the Open,” and a stage adaptation of her book, “The Pull ofthe Moon.” Her books have been translated into 37 languages and three were turned into television movies. “Open House” was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection and she also appeared on the show to talk about her books, “Talk Before Sleep” and “Family Traditions.” She has received the New England Booksellers Association award for her body of work, been awarded The American Library Association’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for an ABBY, an award for booksellers’ favorite books. Elizabeth has been honored by both the Boston and Chicago public libraries and is popular and entertaining public speaker.

Berg was born on Dec. 2, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota. When she was three, her father re-enlisted in the Army and she grew up on bases from Texas to Germany, sometimes attending as many as three schools in a year. Returning to this country she worked as a receptionist in a law firm, a waitress, an actress in an improvisational theater group and the lead singer in a rock band. She later attended the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University, where she earned a nursing degree. She says that her 10 years as a registered nurse was her “school” for writing — taking care of patients taught her a lot about human nature, about hope and fear, love and loss, regret and triumph, and especially about relationships, often the focus of her work.

Elizabeth lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her partner Bill, dog Gabby, and cat Gracie.

Chats with Champions is a free community offering from your national award-winning Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, and is sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop.

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