Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is an author, journalist, and the co-founder and executive editor of Cityside, a nonprofit civic news organization that oversees Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Her most recent book is Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, which was a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards and a finalist for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association award in nonfiction. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, a Chronicle Best Book of 2008, and a Northern California Independent Booksellers Association best book of the year. Frances’ articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Beast, People magazine and AARP magazine. www.francesdinkelspiel.com

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