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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: David W. Berner

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1956 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



Illinois Connection

Berner has lived in Rogers Park, Chicago; Glen Ellyn, and Naperville. He attended graduate school at Aurora University, in Aurora, Illinois and has worked at CBS radio in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

David W. Berner is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist, whose career honors include the position of Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, Florida and the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois. He has been honored and won awards from the prestigious Society of Midland Authors and the Chicago Writers Association.

David moved from Pittsburgh to Chicago to work as a radio reporter and news anchor for CBS Radio and later pursued a career as a writer and educator. His first book ACCIDENTAL LESSONS is about his year teaching in one of the Chicago area's most troubled school districts. The book won the Golden Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature and has been called a "beautiful, elegantly written book" by award-winning author Thomas E. Kennedy, and "a terrific memoir" by Rick Kogan (Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio). ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE--a 2013 Book of the Year from the Chicago Writers Association--is the author's story of a cross-country road trip with his sons and the revelations of fatherhood. The memoir has been called "heartwarming and heartbreaking" and "a five-star wonderful read." His novel, A WELL-RESPECTED MAN was a 2019 honoree in the fiction category of The Society of Midland Authors Awards.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- "A Well-Respected Man"

-- *HONOREE - Adult Fiction, Society of Midland Authors, 2019

-- *Finalist, Literary/General Fiction, Independent Author Network, 2019


-- "Any Road Will Take You There"

-- *Book of the Year Award, Chicago Writers Association, 2013

-- *Grand Prize Finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Award, 2019


-- "October Song"

-- *WINNER, Grand Prize for Literature, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, 2017

-- *Book of the Year Finalist, American Book Fest, 2017


-- "Accidental Lessons"

-- *Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature, 2011


-- "There's a Hamster in the Dashboard"

-- *Best Books of Year, Chicago Book Review, 2015