David W. Berner is the author of two novels, and six works or memoir, including the award-winning A Well-Respected Man, Accidental Lessons and Any Road Will Take You There

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

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

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

 Adelaide Book, NY

Walks with Sam

A Man, a Dog, and a Season of Awakening

Roundfire Books, UK

"A timeless phenomenon splendidly explored and revealed in his wise and insightful Walks with Sam, a moving memoir about how a young dog can teach an old man new tricks about mindfulness and presence. Hard to remember when I've enjoyed a walk with two friends more." 

James Dodson, New York Times best-selling author of Faithful Travelers and Final Rounds.                                            

"Berner’s plainspoken manner reveals moments of true enlightenment. Dog lovers and spiritualists will adore this."
Publishers Weekly.
"A heartwarming read...immensely satisfying" 
International Review of Books


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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

There's a Hamster in the Dashboard




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.


David's MEDIUM publication, THE WRITER SHED includes regular posts on writing and the creative process.

David is the recipient of honors and awards from The Society of Midland Authors, The Chicago Writers Association, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. He has been the Writer-in-Residence for the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, where he was privileged to live and work at the Kerouac House for two-and-a-half months. He later was honored as the Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois.


Upcoming Events

  • TBD
    Memoir Workshop; Jack Kerouac House
    August, 2021. Date & time TBD
    Orlando, 1418 Clouser Ave, Orlando, FL 32804, USA
    A memoir writing workshop at with the Jack Kerouac Project, Orlando.
  • Harvey's Tales Books
    May 15, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Geneva, 216 James St, Geneva, IL 60134, USA
    Come and meet me and Sam, and get my book Walks with Sam.
  • CANCELLED. Brooklyn Book Festival
    Brooklyn Borough Hall
    Sep 28, 2020, 10:00 AM – Oct 05, 2020, 5:00 PM
    Brooklyn Borough Hall , New York, NY
    Readings and signings.
  • Virtual Book Launch. WALKS WITH SAM. Free. Zoom
    Sep 13, 2020, 6:30 PM
    This is a free event through Zoom. Giveaways. Reading, Interviews. And bring your pets!!
  • CANCELLED. Reading, Signing: Local Author Night, THE BOOK CELLAR, Chicago
    The Book Cellar
    Jun 17, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    The Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
    Join us for a number of local authors discussing, selling and signing their books.
  • Virtual Book Launch: THINGS BEHIND THE SUN
    Apr 26, 2020, 7:00 PM
    FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: The launch of the new novel from Adelaide Books. Reading, giveaways.
  • Let's Just Write Conference-POSTPONED
    Warwick Allerton - Chicago
    Mar 22, 2020, 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
    Warwick Allerton - Chicago, 701 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    The Chicago Writers Association's two-day writing conference March 21-22, 2020. **POSTPONED**
  • Galena, Il Literary Festival—Dinner with the Authors
    Jan 19, 2020, 6:00 PM
    Galena, Galena, IL 61036, USA
    Speaking along with author Lorna Landvik at The Desoto House. More
  • Memoir Panel-Society of Midland Authors
    Harold Washington Library Center, Chicag
    Jan 14, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
    Harold Washington Library Center, Chicag, 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
    Authors discussing the resurgence of memoir and personal writing.
  • Off Campus Writing Workshop -- Don't Think; Just Write
    Winnetka Community House
    Dec 12, 2019, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093, USA
    A three hour workshop to help writers navigate decisions about fiction and memoir. What should my writing be?
  • Hemingway Discussion Series: A Moveable Read
    Oak Park Public Library - Maze Branch
    Nov 14, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM
    Oak Park Public Library - Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304, USA
    "A MOVEABLE FEAST" and the ex-pat life in 1920's Paris.
  • Frugal Muse Books
    Frugal Muse Books, Music and Video
    Oct 29, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Frugal Muse Books, Music and Video, 7511 Lemont Rd, Darien, IL 60561, USA
    Writing Workshop
  • Denburn Woods Book Club
    Downers Grove
    Oct 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Downers Grove, Downers Grove, IL, USA
    Club is reading my memoir, OCTOBER SONG.
  • Oswego, IL. Literary Festival
    Oswego Village Hall
    Sep 29, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Oswego Village Hall , 3060 US-34, Oswego, IL 60543, USA
  • Denburn Woods Book Club
    Downers Grove
    Aug 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Downers Grove, Downers Grove, IL, USA
    Readers of THE CONSEQUENCE OF STARS have some questions for the author.
  • Conversation With Valerie Hemingway
    Oak Park Public Library - Main Library
    Jul 21, 2019, 4:00 PM
    Oak Park Public Library - Main Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301, USA
    Part of the Ernest Hemingway birthday celebration in Oak Park, IL

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