"Emphatic exploration of fate, family, and finding one's way."
Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had
"I loved this story, and I loved the characters" — Amazon Review
"5 out of 5 stars. An author who knows how to explore the workings of the inner mind —Goodreads Review

 Adelaide Book, NY

"A captivating exploration of identity." —Windy City Reviews

"Powerful and emotionally charged...lyrical and moving." —Veryan Willaims-Wynn, The Spirit Trap

Walks with Sam

A Man, a Dog, and a Season of Awakening

"Berner’s plainspoken manner reveals moments of true enlightenment. Dog lovers and spiritualists will adore this." Publishers Weekly.
"I loved this book." — Goodreads/NetGalley Review
"The charm and the innate truthfulness that some find in a work of art."L.B.Johnson, author of The Book of Barkley

Roundfire Books, UK

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Things Behind the Sun

"That rare combination of involving story with philosophical questions of how we travel through life "


"This book shines as a stunning modern Kerouac. Written by a gifted author, this book simply flows like a river running its natural course."

Thomas E. Kennedy, author of The Copenhagen Quartet

"David W. Berner has given us a beautiful, elegantly written book in the tradition of To Sir With Love."

Lin Brehmer, WXRT

"Night Radio is as irresistible as those old records we played."


A Well-Respected Man

Honoree: Society of Midland Authors, 2019

"Absorbing. Love, loss, and transformation are common themes in novels but they assume more literary proportions under David W. Berner's approach, which winds messages about choice, consequences, and wider-ranging life changes into a saga of male and female interactions and perceptions."


The Consequence of Stars

"A vivid approach to the memoir form that almost defies the typical self-focused nature of the genre."


"Lyrically written with earthy language, Berner shares intimate details of a life seeking and understanding his place 'to be'"


October Song

Royal Dragonfly Award Winner


"October Song is a beautifully authentic memoir that reminds us that there are no time limits on dreams, creativity is boundless, and nothing in life is finite." 

Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

"Accidental Lessons is a terrific memoir."

Chicago Book Review

"Berner's Night Radio is lyrical, philosophical, poetic." 

Janna Marlies Maron, editor/publisher, Under the Gum Tree

"Any Road Will Take You There—a Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year—is honest, raw, shameless. If On the Road is for a generation lost, Berner's book is for a generation looking to be found."


Society of Midland Authors, 2019, Adult Fiction Honoree

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


A Well-Respected Man 

American Book Fest, Book of the Year Finalist, 2017

October Song 

Eric Hoffer Book Award, Grand Prize Finalist, 2019

Any Road Will Take You There

Chicago Writers Association, Book of the Year Award, 2013


Any Road Will Take You There.

Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature

October Song, 2015

Accidental Lessons, 2011

Chicago Book Review—Best Books of Year, 2015

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David W. Berner is a memoirist, essayist, fiction writer, and journalist. His memoirs reflect on our collective relationships and how those experiences link us to the world we share. David's stories are about fathers and sons, the redemptive power of road trips, travel, music, and the sage-like connections we share with pets. 


David was born in Pittsburgh, PA and now lives in the Chicago area. Along with his writing credentials, David has had a distinguished career as a broadcast journalist, reporting for the CBS Radio Network, WBBM Radio Chicago, and public radio outlets throughout America.


Upcoming Events
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall
CANCELLED. Reading, Signing: Local Author Night, THE BOOK CELLAR, Chicago
The Book Cellar
Virtual Book Launch: THINGS BEHIND THE SUN
Let's Just Write Conference-POSTPONED
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Galena, Il Literary Festival—Dinner with the Authors
Memoir Panel-Society of Midland Authors
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicag
Off Campus Writing Workshop -- Don't Think; Just Write
Winnetka Community House
Hemingway Discussion Series: A Moveable Read
Oak Park Public Library - Maze Branch
Frugal Muse Books
Frugal Muse Books, Music and Video
Denburn Woods Book Club
Downers Grove
Oswego, IL. Literary Festival
Oswego Village Hall
Denburn Woods Book Club
Downers Grove
Conversation With Valerie Hemingway
Oak Park Public Library - Main Library


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