Arnie Bernstein is a Chicago-based nonfiction writer, specializing stories that have fallen through the cracks of history. He holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College-Chicago, and a Bachelors degree in Film Studies from Southern Illinois University. A member of Authors Guild, PEN, and Society of Midland Authors. Along with Alta Price, co-ambassador of the Authors Guild in Chicago.

Delivered presentations about his work and the craft of nonfiction at colleges, universities, libraries, high schools, and other venues, including Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, DePaul University, Columbia College-Chicago, Gene Siskel Film Center of the Art Institute, many others.

Interviewed on newspapers, radio, podcasts, television, and new media forums including outlets in the United States, Ireland, England, and Australia.

Other Works

  • Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing

  • The Movies Are: Carl Sandburg's Film Reviews & Essays, 1920-1927

  • Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100+ Years of Chicago and the Movies

  • The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago's Civil War Connections


Awards and Recognition

  • Lit 50: Who Really Books Chicago 2019. Named as one of the top 50 people in the Chicago book world, along with Alta Price, for advocacy work in Chicago on behalf of the Authors Guild
  • State Library of Michigan Notable Book Award, 2010
  • Illinois State Library recognition for body of work
  • Warner Brothers Studios Comedy Writing Workshop scholarship
  • Puffin Foundation grant