Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is a journalist and the author of two nonfiction books, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, which was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and was named one of the paper’s best books of the year, and Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, which was both a New York Times bestseller and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Frances is the co-founder and executive editor of Berkeleyside, an award-winning news site. A former staff writer for the Syracuse Newspapers and the Mercury News, her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, People magazine and The Daily Beast. Frances and her work have been featured in American Greed, Who Do You Think You Are?, with the actress Helen Hunt, and American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco. Frances lives in Berkeley. www.francesdinkelspiel.com

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