PRESS & EVENTS
Brunch and a Book with Susan Dworkin (in conversation with Yona Zeldis McDonough) at The Old Stone House, a history museum and garden in the heart of Park Slope.
Join Susan for a fun, chatty lox and bagels brunch with unlimited mimosas. Susan will read from The Garden Lady. Yona McDonough, fiction editor of Lilith, will interview her. Comedian Katie Halper will host.
Sunday, June 2nd at 11AM
The Old Stone House
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (in Park Slope)
F train to 4th Avenue, R train to Union Street.
Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City's Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie "cute and some what brainy."
Yona Zeldis McDonough grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she had early dreams of becoming a ballerina, but she changed from this when she went to college. She attended Vassar College and studied literature, language, and art history. After realizing that the graduate program at Columbia University was not making her happy, she finished the year out and began freelance writing in every possible place, newspapers, book reviews, brochures, until she gained some traction and notability when she could publish works that she had began in her time at Columbia. Her books include THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS and IN DAHLIA'S WAKE---and her third novel, BREAKING THE BANK. She presently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and her two children and two small, yappy dogs.
The Old Stone House is part of the historic House Trust of New York City, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Serving as the conservancy organization for the park, OSH&WP has overseen $9.5 million in park renovations, provides education programming for 7,000 students annually, and fosters a welcoming space for more than 200 individual artists, small and medium sized arts organizations and family events each year. It is the site of the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.
Book review: Becket author's latest is fast-paced eco-thriller
"The Commons, by New York Times best-selling author ("The Nazi Officer'sWife") Susan Dworkin of Becket, is a futuristic novel of the fast-paced eco-thriller genre, set in the year 2165… absorbing and very enjoyable reading for those who love espionage novels, thrillers, mysteries and science fiction. Well-defined science, and a strong story line deeply involve the reader in an epic revolution.”
“Following famine wars and devastating climate change where whole countries are submerged by the sea, North America has entered an Era of Restored Order. Government, ruled by what is simply called ‘The Corporation’ maintains vast fields of highly genetically modified…strains of wheat…When an ancient plague called EMMY appears to destroy the world's wheat crops…the race is on to develop…a wheat strain that can resist the disease.”
Wheat Genome Science Fiction by Dworkin: The Commons
"If you enjoy Sci-Fi and agriculture, too, and you think the current dominant system just might be sitting on the precipice of a dangerous fate, this book might be for you…
THE COMMONS is prolific author Susan Dworkin’s latest book, and its plot is built upon a series of things that went wrong in agriculture, science, and politics over a couple hundred years leading up to 2165…
A changing climate and seed monopoly powers converge to threaten the global wheat supply. Her writing is quick, playful, and vibrant. I might even call it “wild”. The book is chock-full of surprising descriptive embellishments that guarantee to keep the reader entertained…
Personally, I think this world could use a little more agricultural science fiction, to get people thinking, rather than the ongoing and repetitive punditry that we all grow weary of. Kudos to the author..."
Read the whole review.
Listen to an excerpt of Susan's interview with Jeremy Cherfas.
"Dworkin crafts an intelligent and deeply pertinent ecological thriller that reads as disturbingly possible. Damage to the environment and weather changes are a recognisable fact right now; horrific, grinding wars that spell an end of times feel very close to hand as Eastern Europe and the Middle East explode in bloody violence day after day in our news reports. Globally, the beginnings of her corporate-controlled gene giants are already in place, making headlines for commodifying seed supply. Frighteningly, apparently 82% of the commercial seed market is already controlled by these businesses (ETC Group, 2008). Like the predictions of Orwell’s 1984—state control of individual freedoms and information, close monitoring of public activity—Dworkin is writing a future that could very well be on the cards. The power of good speculative fiction is to bring uncomfortable truths to light. It can warn, examine, and to educate the reader. And in the tradition of such parables, we are offered a glimmer of hope—a different way of behaving..."
Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 7 pm
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238
The Lee Library is very pleased to welcome back local author Susan Dworkin who will read from her recently re-published novel STOLEN GOODS.
FREE to all. Q&A, book signing and of course cookies follow.
WOMEN'S STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER
7 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 13
9 am, Wednesday, Oct. 14
7 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 14
BALTIMORE HADASSAH BRANDEIS INSTITUTE
7:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 20
10 am, Wednesday, Oct. 21
JCC OF GREATER WASHINGTON
12 pm, Monday, Nov. 9
WASHINGTON HEBREW CONGREGATION
6 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 10
JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE BERKSHIRES
at Hevreh, Great Barrington
10:30 am, Friday, Nov. 20
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
April 16, 2015
Barnes & Noble
98 Middlesex Pkwy
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
Susan Dworkin will discuss and sign the book she wrote with Edith Hahn Beer The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust.
For more information, please visit the Barnes & Noble website.
Library of Congress
March 18, 2015
The Center for the Book
Montpelier Room, Madison Building
Books & Beyond program. Susan Dworkin will discuss and sign the book she wrote with Edith Hahn Beer The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust.
Co-sponsored with the Hebrew Language Table.
For more information, please visit the Library of Congress website.
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
March 29, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1 West Street
The Festival Book Expo offers a special opportunity to mingle and talk with outstanding authors publishing companies, writing programs, and booksellers in the Berkshire region, along with other related businesses and vendors.
For more information, please visit the Book Expo website.
April 12, 2015
1666 Windsor Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Susan will be reading from and discussing The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust.
For more information, please visit the Temple Emeth website.
Laguna Beach Books
January 25, 2015
The Old Pottery Place
1200 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA
Susan read from her in-progress novel Landfill, a work filled with "innuendo, intrigue and the fine points of salesmanship". (DANIELLA WALSH, Laguna Beach Indy.)
For more information, please visit: Laguna Beach Books.
December 9, 2014
University of California, Davis
As a guest lecturer for graduate students of agriculture, Susan will discuss ways to close the communication gap between scientists and the general public.
The United States Botanic Garden
October 24, 2014
The Weather in the Supermarket: Climate Change, Seed Banks and Tomorrow's Food
This lecture covered some of the important changes that will affect staple foods as a result of climate change, including the potential extinction of some varieties (e.g. bananas), the genetic modification of some foods to help them resist drought, salty water and fierce new storms (e.g. rice), as well as the role of seed banks in preserving "original" varieties in case climate emergencies make it necessary to restore a lost crop.
For more information, please visit: United States Botanic Garden.
July 29, 2014
11 Housatonic Street
Lenox, MA 01240
Susan read from, talked about and signed copies of her newest novel, The Commons.
For more information, please visit: The Bookstore.
The Lee Library
July 15, 2014
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238
Susan read from and talked about her newest novel, The Commons. Book signing followed.
This free event was part of the adult Summer Reading Program and was open to the general public.
For more information, please visit: The Lee Library.
The Present Day Club
June 4, 2014
The Present Day Club
For more information, please visit: The Present Day Club.
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Making Fiction Matter: Writing for Social and Environmental Justice
March 22, 2014
Whitney Center for The Arts
42 Wendell Ave | Pittsfield, MA
Reading and discussion with writers Susie Dworkin, Christine Hobbie, Ellen Meeropol, and Jan Krause Greene
Hosted by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez