Ēriks Hānbergs, born in 1933, is a Latvian prose writer and columnist. Since 1957, he has been writing for the regional and national press. Hānbergs studied, and later worked, at the Liepaja Pedagogical Institute. He has also worked for many newspapers as editor, director, and journalist. Hānbergs' first literary publication was the long story Pirmā grēka līcis/The Creek of the First Sin in the Karogs literary magazine, 1976 No. 11.-12., published in a book in 1977. His first collection of stories Taka rudzu laukā/A Footpath in Rye was published in 1981. The main subject in Hānberg's prose is the depiction of country life as a source of a balanced value system. His fiction often has documentary elements with emphasis on life-like dialogue, humour, and vigorous conflict. Director Kārlis Auškāps has adapted Hānbergs stories in two plays – The Creek of the First Sin (2012) and Plikie un pusplikie/The Bare- and the Barely- naked (2014). Hānbergs is a member of the Latvian Writers' Union since 1978. In 2004, together with his friend Jānis Ķuzulis, he founded the Cheerful Club (Omulības klubiņš), intended to inspire and cultivate optimistic attitudes in society through storytelling and humorous writing.
Sākās ar govs ragu [It all started with a bull-horn]. Riga: Jumava, 2008.
Leģendārais RĪGAS Centrāltirgus [The Legendary RIGA Central Market]. Riga: Jumava, 2005.
Vagūzis [The Cart-house]. Riga: Jumava, 2004.
Dziedošie bruņurupuči [Tortoises that Sing]. Riga: Likteņstāsti, 2002.
Mirklīši [Little Crumbs of Moments]. Autobiographical, 2000.
Jaunsaimnieka izpalīdze [The Young Master's Helper]. Riga: Preses nams, 1997.
Un atskrēja melns teļš [And a Black Calf Came]. Riga: Avots, 1986.
Pirmā grēka līcis [The Creek of the First Sin]. Riga: Liesma, 1986.
Biķu alus [Biķi Beer]. Riga: Liesma, 1985.
Uzrakstīto pārlasot [Re-reading the Written]. Riga: Avots, 1985.
Plikie un pusplikie [The Bare- and the Barely- naked]. Riga: Liesma, 1983.
Taka rudzu laukā [A Footpath in Rye]. Riga: Liesma, 1981.
Nekušinot... [No shushing...]. Riga: Avots, 1982.
Kartupeļu stāsti [The Potato Stories]. Riga: Liesma, 1989
Kukuržņi. Aizmetņi [Clods. Sprouts]. Riga: Avots, 1988.
Klētiņa [Little Barn]. Riga: Avots, 1991.
Vīru vakara valodas [Man's Evening Talks].1972.
Ērtas dzīvošanas formula [The Secret to Easy Living] 1973.
Smaile [The Peak]. Riga: Liesma, 1977.
Ēriks Hānbergs// The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia [EN; LV]
Inese Lūsiņa, Ēriks Hānbergs // Diena News [LV]
Little Moments of Easy Living, about the play // Daile Theatre [LV]
Ēriks Hānbergs, about the author // Ogre Library [LV]
About The Bay of the First Sin, play by Kārlis Auškāps // Dailes Theatre [LV]
Guntis Berelis, review of The Young Master's Helper// Guntis Berelis literary blog [LV]
2003, the Order of the Three Stars
1987, LSSR State Prize
1981, P. Stučka Prize
1978, Eduards Veidenbaums Prize