Hi, I'm Nina Simon.

I write crime stories about strong women. My first novel, MOTHER-DAUGHTER MURDER NIGHT, about an estranged family who come together to solve a murder mystery, is coming soon from William Morrow.

Before turning to fiction, I was a museum director and advocate for joyful, inclusive public institutions. I wrote two best-selling nonfiction books: The Participatory Museum and The Art of Relevance.Here are two TEDx talks I gave on opening up museums and deepening relevance, and a short video from when I was named Santa Cruz County Woman of the Year in 2017.You'll find some of my essays on Medium, and hundreds of posts on the Museum 2.0 blog, which I authored from 2006-2019.

If you want to chat, or if you’re curious what I’m writing and playing at now, connect with me via one of the links below.