Selected Books By Judith Nies

Explores how and why resources have been taken from America’s native peoples, what it means in an era of climate change, and why, in this city divorced from nature, the only thing more powerful than money is water.
A New Perspective on Native American History: A Chronological Account of its Place on the World Stage.
Chronicles Nies' struggle to cope with and finally overcome the limited opportunities for women in society and politics during the 1960s.
An expanded edition of the history of American women radicals.
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Researching "Unreal City"

Previous Book and Author Events

June 19, 2008
7:00 pm
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA
Reading and Reception

May 19, 2007
Super Seminar
Tufts University
Women and the 1960s
A conversation with Prof. Linda Bamber

Macrh 13, 2007
"Author, Author"
Boston Women Communicators
Lenox Hotel, 6-9pm

January 25,2007
Cambridge Center for
Adult Education
A conversation about
"A Girl I Left Behind" and women's lives in the 1960s

April 2, 2005
Teaching American History
The Women's Rights Movement
Bridgewater State College
Bridgewater, MA

PEN Author Readings from New Work
Hotel Marlowe
Cambridge, MA
March 3, 2005 5:30 - 7:30
Reading, The Girl I Left Behind

June 22, 2004
Emerson College Publishing Course
Graduation Speaker

April 27, 2004
Women's National Book Association
Boston Public Library, 7:00 PM
"Writing Women's Lives"
The art and craft of biography

November 5, 2003 7:30 pm
The First and Second Church, Boston
66 Marlborough Street
"Dorothy Day and Mother Jones:
Radical Women and Religion"

June 2, 2003 7pm
Los Angeles Public Library Author Series
A conversation on the tradition of social activism in the U.S.


Los Angeles Public Library
Author Series 7PM
A conversation about the tradition of social activism in the U.S.
June 2nd, 2003

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
March 29, Book Store signing
March 30 –Talk, Dartmouth
Women’s and Gender Studies Center

Woodstock Library
Woodstock, Vermont
January 11,2003
Sunday Authors Talk


Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies
Harvard University
November 17, 2002
Cambridge, MA

Wellesley College
Zeta Alpha House
Meet the Author
November 2, 2002
Wellesley, MA

Wellfleet Library
Wellfleet, MA
August 19, 21, 2002
Writers workshop and reading

Author Bio

Judith Nies
JUDITH NIES is the author of four nonfiction books. She has worked as a journalist, teacher, historian, researcher, and speechwriter. UNREAL CITY was selected by Amazon as one of the Best 100 Books of 2014. Her widely reviewed memoir THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND: A Personal History of the 1960s was published in June 2008 by Harper Collins and as a paperback in 2009.

Her books include: Nine Women: Portraits from the American Radical Tradition, which has been in print for over thirty years (UCal Press, 2002, first published as Seven Women, Viking Penguin, 1977), and Native American History (Ballantine, 1996) winner of the Phi Alpha Theta award in international history. Her essays and reviews have been published in The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Progressive, American Voice, Orion. Her essay "The Black Mesa Syndrome: Indian Lands, Black Gold" was a finalist for the John Oaks Award in Distinguished Environmental Journalism and is included in the anthology The Future of Nature (Milkweed Press 2008)edited by Barry Lopez.

Awards include a Black Mountain Institute/Kluge Scholars award, fellowship at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio grant, Ludvig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and residences at MacDowell, Mesa Refuge, and Yaddo artists colonies. She teaches nonfiction writing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; she is a member of PEN America. She grew up in Swampscott, Massachusetts and her permanent residence is in Cambridge.

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