Hi, I'm Nina Simon.

I write 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 in 2023 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. You'll find my most recent essays on Substack, and hundreds of posts on the Museum 2.0 blog, which I authored from 2006-2019.Prefer to watch? 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 after leading the work to create a downtown public plaza in Abbott Square.

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.