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 PEN, Authors Guild, National Writers Union. Society of Midland Authors, and Chicago Writers Association.
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.
Winner of the 2010 Notable Book Award from the State Library of Michigan
Honored by the Illinois State Library
Participant in the Warner Brothers Comedy Writing Workshop
Puffin Grant Winner
Awards and Recognition
- 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
Press and Media Mentions
- MSNBC Morning Joy: discussion my book Swastika Nation in wake of Charlottesville white supremacist rally
- BBC Radio: Witness. Discussion of my book Swastika Nation
- C-SPAN Book TV: discussion of my book Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing
- New York Times review of Swastika Nation
- Chicago Tribune review of Swastika Nation
- Most Notorious Podcast discussion of Swastika Nation
- Most Notorious Podcast discussion of Bath Massacre
- A discussion of Bath Massacre on the True Murder podcast
- New Books in History podcast interview on Swastika Nation
- Australian radio interview on Bath Massacre
- After Hours with Rick Kogan WGN Chicago radio interview on Swastika Nation