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Author event and giveaway: Elizabeth Berg

August 5, 2010

When I saw that Elizabeth Berg would be appearing at the library in the county next to ours, I knew I had to go, and Carl was kind enough to go with me.  Elizabeth’s appearance was the culmination of the library’s adult summer reading program – “Peace, love, and libraries,” and everyone in attendance was given a cool totebag to celebrate.

To say that the library and the crowd was excited to see Elizabeth Berg would be an understatement.  Elizabeth was charming and funny and came across as someone you could easily be friends with.  Elizabeth spoke for a little while and then read from her latest book, The Last Time I Saw You, before answering questions and signing books.

The Last Time I Saw You is about a 40th high school reunion and what it means to those in attendance.  Since Elizabeth spent 2 years of high school in Germany and the other 2 years in St. Louis, she has never attended a reunion of her high school class.  The book is about relationships rather than any of Elizabeth’s personal experiences.

Everyone was excited to hear that Elizabeth is almost finished with her next novel, Once Upon a Time There Was You, which is about a long time divorced couple who end up living together because of something that happened to their daughter.

Having always been a writer, Elizabeth first submitted a poem when she was 9 years old.  It was rejected and she didn’t submit any more work until 25 years later, in spite of encouragement from others.  Elizabeth was working as an RN and decided that she didn’t want to leave her daughters, who were 4 and 9 at the time, with a sitter any longer, so, luckily for us, she decided to return to her love of writing to see what she could do.

When asked about her writing routine, Elizabeth said she generally writes first thing in the morning and prefers the quiet when she’s writing.  She doesn’t have the story planned out in advance and let’s it tell her instead of the other way around.

Some of Elizabeth’s other interests are cooking, eating, nature, taking long walks, reading, watching movies and plays and traveling.  When asked about her favorite authors, she mentioned E. B. White and Alice Munro and mentioned The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer as a book she recently read and loved.

I got Elizabeth to autograph a copy of The Last Time I Saw You for one lucky reader.  To enter to win an autographed copy of THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU  by Elizabeth Berg, simply fill out this entry form.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Thursday, August 19, 201o.   Winners will be announced on Friday, August 20, 2010.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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  1. August 5, 2010 5:47 am

    A high school reunion story sounds good. I’ve read Open House by her and really liked it.

    glad you had a great time.

  2. August 5, 2010 6:13 am

    Thank you so very much for making this international. Much appreciated. Please count me in!

  3. August 5, 2010 6:45 am

    I’ve been to several of EB’s readings and really enjoy them. She seems relaxed and like a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Sounds like you went to a wonderful event. Thanks for sharing!

  4. August 5, 2010 7:14 am

    Nice Kathy, I use to read everything Berg wrote, but then got disappointed by a few and gave up. This sounds good, as I feel like I might be able to relate to this story 🙂

  5. August 5, 2010 7:50 am

    I always enjoy reading about your author events. Thank you for including what Ms. Berg has recently read and including the link. I have now put “The Last Time I Saw You” and “The Invisible Bridge” on my TBR list.

  6. August 5, 2010 8:07 am

    I’m jealous of your author experiences, but this one is killing me! I would have loved to meet Ms. Berg! It sounds like she was really interesting. Plus, I have to agree with her on THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE!

  7. August 5, 2010 8:17 am

    What a great picture of the two of you! I, too, am envious of all the author events you have access to!

  8. August 5, 2010 8:21 am

    I love the plot for both books. They sounds great.

    Thoughts in Progress

  9. August 5, 2010 8:39 am

    The Last Time I Saw You by E. Berg really catches the flavor of that time. The sisters seem so “real.” Each personality so distinct. I listened to it on audio. Didn’t finish it. Had to return it to the library. I will definitely get The Last Time I Saw You again. I think it’s best if I continue on audio. This is why I won’t enter the contest.
    I love the photo of you and E. Berg in the photo. She is one of my favorite authors. I have enjoyed being so close to her in a photo with a blogger friend.

  10. Ruthie Bloszinsky permalink
    August 5, 2010 9:15 am

    Our book club is reading & discussing ‘Home Safe’ this month.

  11. August 5, 2010 9:27 am

    so cool that you got to meet her! She sounds like a really interesting person, and I do love her books! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  12. August 5, 2010 9:35 am

    I’ve only read a couple of Berg’s books but I really enjoy her writing style. This sounds like one I would like.

  13. August 5, 2010 9:38 am

    I’ve never heard of Elizabeth Berg, but she sounds great and clearly I’m in the minority here! I’m looking forward to seeing if my library has any of her books.

  14. August 5, 2010 9:40 am

    I love that picture of you, Kathy! Enjoyed reading your post — I’ve always enjoyed Elizabeth’s books.

  15. August 5, 2010 9:44 am

    Aww, you look so pretty! And what fun! Elizabeth Berg is such a great writer, how lucky you got to meet her!

  16. August 5, 2010 9:48 am

    I read a few of Elizabeth’s Berg’s books, such as Open House, before I started blogging about books, and would love to read the new one.
    Terrific post and photo, Kathy! 🙂


  17. August 5, 2010 10:24 am

    What a wonderful program at the library, I’m glad you were able to attend! (Thanks to Carl for going along with you!)
    Thank you for geting an autographed copy from Elizabeth Berg for a giveaway, it’s very thoughtful of you! Elizabeth sounds like a delightful woman with whom it would be great to be friends and share stories, books & authors and recipes! How very fortunate for us that she decided to give writing a try once again after waiting a long time after not getting her poem accepted. I am always interested to learn an authors writing habits. I certainly understand Elizabeth’s preference for quiet when she writes! This is a wonderful post, Kathy.

    Thank you, Kathy!
    ~ Amy

  18. August 5, 2010 11:21 am

    Good picture of you!!!

  19. August 5, 2010 1:00 pm

    You meet some wonderful authors Kathy! I really should pay more attention to which authors are coming into Minneapolis. There has got to be some great people I am missing out on! 😀

  20. August 5, 2010 2:31 pm

    This is a really nice picture of you and Elizabeth — you’re both even wearing black!

    Thanks for the info about her past and her new book. It sounds like it was a fun a event.

  21. August 5, 2010 2:43 pm

    Elizabeth is an author I’ve never heard of before, but after reading this post I looked her up on Amazon and so far have added two of her books to my WL. Her books look very interesting, thanks for making me aware of her!

  22. August 5, 2010 3:40 pm

    I have filled out the form for this giveaway. Truly enjoyed your post on Elizabeth Berg.

  23. Kathleen permalink
    August 5, 2010 3:51 pm

    Wow, how exciting to get to meet her. I would have loved to have had the opportunity.

  24. August 5, 2010 4:57 pm

    Hey, doll. I’m dropping in to let you know this has been posted at Win a Book. Thanks a ton for the e-mail!!

  25. August 5, 2010 5:23 pm

    I think I’ve read everything Berg has written! This wasn’t one of my favorites, but I loved Home Safe. And her blog is fantastic.

    Great photo!

  26. August 5, 2010 5:47 pm

    How fun to be able to meet her. Thanks so much for obtaining a copy for a giveaway and having it signed. That was so nice of you. Thanks!

  27. August 5, 2010 8:20 pm

    Is that a picture of your with the author? It’s a great pic! I love it. I also love reading Elizabeth Berg so I didn’t hesitate to join in the giveaway. I hope I win… Thanks for hosting this!

  28. August 5, 2010 8:24 pm

    Oh how neat. I’ve read quite a few of her books over the years and it was interesting to me that she lets the books tell her what to write.

  29. August 5, 2010 8:42 pm

    This sounds like a great event. I’ve always meant to read Berg and have quite a few of her books on my shelves.

  30. August 5, 2010 8:43 pm

    I have loved to read everything that Elizabeth Berg has written. Especially since she was a nurse. A woman after my own heart. There are not enough Florence Nightingales out there. I was always impressed that she was a nurse as well as a writer.
    I have been wanting to pick up the Invisible Bridge. I am glad to know someone recommends it.

  31. Melissa Stream permalink
    August 5, 2010 9:19 pm

    How awesome that you got to meet her! My fave book by her is “Talk Before Sleep.”

  32. August 5, 2010 10:18 pm

    Wow what a fabulous library event!

  33. August 6, 2010 1:22 am

    You are indeed lucky to meet Elizabeth Berg. I have been slowly listening to her read The Day I Ate Anything I Wanted. She is so funny. Of course I will read this book and anything else she writes.

    I like the picture. You both look like you’re having a good time.

  34. August 6, 2010 5:46 am

    Beautiful picture! So glad you had a great time 🙂

  35. stacybuckeye permalink
    August 6, 2010 11:11 am

    I’m so jealous, Kathy! She’s one of my faves 🙂

  36. August 6, 2010 6:56 pm

    What a fun adventure…she has always been one of my favorite authors…

  37. August 6, 2010 9:50 pm

    I love getting to see authors in real life! This sounds like a fun evening.

  38. August 7, 2010 7:14 am

    I love your matching outfits! Sounds like a great event. So funny how a little rejection at the right age can make an impression.

  39. August 7, 2010 12:23 pm

    I’ve never read any Elizabeth Berg, I may have to check her out.

  40. Angie D permalink
    August 7, 2010 2:02 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  41. drbethnolan permalink
    August 8, 2010 9:13 am

    I just love Berg’s books — and lucky you for meeting her in person!! -beth

  42. August 8, 2010 6:53 pm

    I’ve come across quite a few reviews of her book that I’m eager to read it now. Glad you got to meet her!

  43. Mariska permalink
    August 8, 2010 7:49 pm

    I haven’t heard about this author before, so i would really have the chance to win this book 🙂 ty !

  44. August 9, 2010 10:06 pm

    You get to see so many authors! I’m so jealous!

  45. August 10, 2010 8:26 am

    She is one author I would love to meet! I’m jealous.

  46. August 10, 2010 8:22 pm

    I swear you live in the “HOTSPOT” of authors!! I love Berg and to meet her would be a treat!

  47. August 11, 2010 3:08 am

    Ohhhh…..Ever since I first read The Pull of the Moon in about 1999, I’ve loved Elizabeth Berg. Such a great voice. Congrats on meeting her!


  48. August 13, 2010 11:42 am

    This sounds great – please enter me!

  49. August 14, 2010 10:19 am

    I really want to read this one. She is a new to me author.

    Thanks for hosting!

  50. August 15, 2010 3:38 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Berg’s books and haven’t read her newest one yet. You are so fortunate to have such wonderful author events in your area and to get to meet E. Berg!

  51. August 17, 2010 10:14 am

    I love Elizabeth Berg! Love her books and her writing advice is some of the best I’ve ever heard. Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. Vidisha Singh permalink
    August 17, 2010 9:41 pm

    Wow sounds like a great book
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  53. August 19, 2010 10:21 am

    Terrific post, Kathy! Thanks for summarizing her writing habits. I’ve heard her speak before and you picked up on some new info. I hadn’t hear. 🙂 (Don’t enter me because I already have this book.)

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