Left in the Dust:
How Race and Politics Created a Human and Environmental Tragedy in L.A. Palgrave-St. Martin’s, 2006.
To water the lawns of suburbia, the L.A. Dept. of Water and Power turned Owens Lake into a toxic dustbowl and poisoned the childhood of Karen Piper and thousands of others. In this extraordinary book, Piper uncovers the full story of California's environmental crime of the century. (Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Planet of Slums)
Another compelling reason not to breathe in L.A...Throughout, Piper writes with prickly, if controlled, anger, much in the kindred spirit of Mark Davis's City of Quartz, which bookends this neatly. The tone is fitting....Readers who admire Davis's work and that of the late Marc Reisner will find this fine entry in the library of apocalyptic Californiana of urgent interest. (Kirkus)
[A] systematic approach to the same story outlined in the movie Chinatown, in which powerful forces stole water from rural areas of California to foster development in Los Angeles. (Columbia Daily Tribune)
ESSAYS AND POEMS:
“Remembering Water,” Sierra, July/Aug (1996): 46-8.
“William Mulholland: An Apology,” Sonnet Project, Los Angeles
Aqueduct Digital Platform, University of California, Los Angeles,
March 17, 2014.
“Turning on the Fantasy Fountain,” Places, Forthcoming in October,
“A Revolution of the Thirsty: Water and the Arab Spring,” Places, July
“’We Just Want to Be Tourists’,” Places, June 6, 2011.
“Dreams, Dust, and Birds: The Trashing of Owens Lake,” Places,
January 24, 2011.
“Inuit Diasporas: Frankenstein and the Inuit in England.”
Romanticism, Spring 13.1 (2007). 62-76.
RADIO AND FILM APPEARANCES:
Interview with Craig Barfoot of the London-based PodAcademy.org, October 1, 2014.
Interview with Jim Cuddy for “The Bill Press Show” at Americandemocrats.org, aired October 5, 2014.
Interview with Molly Zapp on “Women’s Issues, Women’s Voices,” KOPN 89.5, April 24, 2014.
Interview in feature-length documentary, “Las Vegas Meditation,” by
Florent Tillon, 2012.
Invited guest on the Patt Morrison Show, Southern California Public
Radio. September 12, 2006.
Invited guest on L.A. News Radio with Michael Linder. September 7,
Invited guest on Fresno Public Radio with Lloyd Carter.
“Water is the New Oil: How Corporations Took over a Basic Human Right” by Lindsey Abrams. (Q&A with the author.) Salon. October 5, 2014.
“Karen Piper on Owens Lake,” Infrascape Design: Emerging Practices
in Infrastructure, Urbanism, and Sustainability by Barry Lehrman,
January 25, 2011.
“Intruder in the Dust” by Charles Reineke, Illumination Fall 2006.
“Writer Tells of Effects of Water Grab” by Terry Ganey, Columbia
Tribune, August 6, 2006.
“California’s Dust Bowl” by Marjorie Gellhorn Sa’adah, Los Angeles
Times, July 23, 2006.
“A Thirst We Can’t Quench” by Fred Pearce, OnEarth Magazine, Fall
“Water to Flow Again in California River” by Naoki Schwartz,
Associated Press Release, December 5, 2006.
Kirkus Review of The Price of Thirst. September 14, 2014.
“Places@Design Observer: Revolution of the Thirsty,” Cairo Observer, November 2012. “Water Privatization Overlooked as Factor in Egypt's Revolt: Mubarak's Water Policies Contributed to the Arab Spring Revolution Last Year,” Common Magazine, November 2012.