About the Author
FRANCES DINKELSPIEL is an award-winning journalist and the author of "Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California." "Towers of Gold" was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and named a Best Book of the Year by the Chronicle and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. She is the co-founder of the news site Berkeleyside and her articles have appeared in the" New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People, San Francisco Magazine, "and other venues. She lives in Berkeley, California.