Good Reading for Bad Times
Elizabeth Berg will talk about how her so-called “Mason” books came into being. She writes them to remind herself that most people are mostly good; and she hopes for the books to illustrate and inspire kindness. She’ll also talk about the salvation of books and reading in general, by sharing a personal essay on the subject. And will offer a sneak-peek of her next book, a memoir called I’ll Be Seeing You. Finally, she’ll tell her parrot joke and her lawyer joke, and, if asked, share her recipe for the best roasted chicken ever.
About Elizabeth Berg
Elizabeth Berg, now living near Chicago, grew up in a military family feeling like she was from nowhere except an imaginary world in her head. Fittingly, her most recent novel series is set in the fictional town of Mason, Missouri. There the irascible Lucille teaches baking classes and decodes the chemistry and paradoxes of relationships. Elizabeth’s latest non-fiction, due out in October from Random House, is “I’ll be Seeing You,” a memoir of her parent’s coming to graceful acceptance of living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Besides writing over 30 books, Elizabeth has been a rock band singer and nurse, a mother and grandmother, and her fondest wish is to live on a hobby farm with lots of animals, including a chicken. She really wants a chicken. Said chicken would join her current two dogs, Gabigail Starletta Buttons and Austin Ima Riot, and the cat, Gracie Louise Pawplay.