Carolyn Niethammer's Books


Complete guide for the southwestern desert forager
Recipes from Outstanding Restaurants and Resorts
Delicious recipes for prickly pear pads and fruits.
Women's Studies
Engaging story for middle readers on the life of Navajo activist Annie Dodge Wauneka
The life of Annie Dodge Wauneka, feisty Navajo leader and activist
A look at the lives of North American Indian women in traditional societies.
Old West meets New West in this guide to a legendary land
Learn how Indians used 50 edible wild plants
Marilyn Noble, Linda McKittrick and me at a discussion on eating locally.

Always fun to taste after a demo. This is at the Tucson Book Fair in March 2009.

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Prickly pear fruit are delicious and easy to gather.

Ajo Arizona Library
Ajo, Arizona
December 11, 2015
1 p.m.

The western frontier was a difficult place for single women to make a life for themselves. The novel The Piano Player explores the lives of two courageous women who lived and worked in riotous Tombstone in the 1880s. Though vastly different, the both must thrive in a world outside of society's norms. Includes slides of the real histocial Nellie Cashman on whom one of the characters is built.

National Writers' Union, Tucson
December 21, 2015, 6 p.m.
Bookman's on Grant

Several decades ago I began research to write a biography of frontier Western businesswoman Nellie Cashman. Last year my first novel The Piano Player appeared with Nellie as a major character. I'll tell the story of how and why a nonfiction writer (me) decided to weave Nellie into a novel and why she needed a somewhat naughtier friend.

Saddlebrook Author Expo
SaddleBrook Friends of Libraries
SaddleBrooke Mountail View Clubhouse
February 20, 2016, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

If you are a fan of Western fiction or want to learn about Native American women or are ready to gather some edible plants this spring, I'll have the perfect book for you.

Tucson Festival of Books
Panel on Local Food Writing
University of Arizona campus
March 12, 2016, 4 p.m.

I will join authors Gary Paul Nabhan and Megan Kimble for a discussion of the many ways Tucsonans can incorporate local food into their diets -- and why they should.

A Talk for Your Group

If your group would like me to provide a program featuring any of the material from my books, please call me at 520-622-0252.