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The Writer’s Almanac for December 2, 2016: Home Town

Dec. 2, 2016: birthday: Elizabeth Berg

It’s the birthday of novelist Elizabeth Berg (1948) born in St. Paul, Minnesota (books by this author). She submitted her first poem to a magazine when she was nine years old. The magazine was American Girl, and the poem was rejected. It took her 25 years to work up the courage to write again. She worked as a registered nurse for 10 years, and one day, she entered an essay contest for Parents magazine and won. She wrote pieces for magazines for the next 10 years, and moved on to novels. Her first, Durable Goods, was published in 1993 and she currently writes about one book a year. Her most recent novel is Tapestry of Fortunes (2013).