Susan Dworkin

Author, Playwright, Lecturer, Social Historian


Come hear Susan read from The Garden Lady!
Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 at the Lee Library
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238


The Berkshire Eagle
Colin Harrington

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.”

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Big Picture Agriculture
Kay McDonald

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..."

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The Future Fire Reviews: Dworkin, The Commons
Kate Onyett

"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..."

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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.


7 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 13
9 am, Wednesday, Oct. 14
7 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 14

7:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 20
10 am, Wednesday, Oct. 21

12 pm, Monday, Nov. 9

6 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 10

at Hevreh, Great Barrington
10:30 am, Friday, Nov. 20

Friday, May 29, 2015 | 10 am
Javits Center, NYC
Harper Collins | Booth #2038

Susan Dworkin will available to discuss and sign the New York Times Best Seller she wrote with Edith Hahn Beer The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust.

April 16, 2015

Barnes & Noble
98 Middlesex Pkwy
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803

ph: 781-273-3871

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
1-5 pm

Book Expo
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1 West Street
Pittsfield, MA

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.

Temple Emeth
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
5:00 pm

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.

Graduate Seminar

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
Washington, DC

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.

The Bookstore

July 29, 2014
7:00 pm

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
6:30 pm

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
Princeton, NJ

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


Media and Appearance Inquiries:
Jenny Stodolsky

"Susan made a subject I thought I would never understand -- agricultural politics -- clear, fascinating, even funny!"

BARBARA L., Garden City, NY

"She left us with two big questions that we must collectively answer. Who will guard us against hunger and preserve nature's diversity? Who owns and controls plant genetic resources?"


"Susan Dworkin's description of Edith Hahn Beer, a Jewish woman hiding in plain sight on the German home front, was absolutely riveting."

BRUCE K., Chevy Chase, MD