Elizabeth Berg

29th annual Key West Literary Seminar

—The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature—

January 6 - 16, 2011

Elizabeth Berg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in various parts of the country as the child of an Army father. Before becoming a writer she worked as a registered nurse for 10 years.

She is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, andTalk Before Sleep was short-listed for an American Bookseller’s Book of the Year Award. Her bestsellers also include The Year of PleasuresThe Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue. Berg was made a “literary light” by the Boston Public Library, has been honored by the Chicago Public Library, and was given the AMC Cancer Research Center’s Illuminator Award for shedding light on breast cancer resulting in increased public awareness and concern. She lives lives near Chicago with her dog, Homer.

“Before I became a writer, I was a registered nurse for ten years, and that was my ‘school’ for writing– taking care of patients taught me a lot about human nature, about hope and fear and love and loss and regret and triumph and especially about relationships– all things that I tend to focus on in my work.”

Online Resources:

Elizabeth Berg’s website

Selected Bibliography:

The Last Time I Saw You (Random House 2010)

Home Safe (Random House 2009)

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted (Random House 2008)

Dream When You’re Feeling Blue (Random House 2007)

We Are All Welcome Here (Random House 2006)

The Handmaid and the Carpenter (Random House 2006)

The Year of Pleasures (Random House 2005)

Say When (Atria 2003)

Never Change (Atria 2001)

Open House (Random House 2000)

What We Keep (Random House 1998)

The Pull of the Moon (Random House 1996)

Durable Goods (Random House 1993)

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