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Tales from Two Cities—Regional Voices


Frances Dinkelspiel, Ellen Ullman, Karen Tei Yamashita, Faith Adiele, Moderator: Anthea Hartig

Moderated by Anthea Hartig, the Executive Director of the California Historical Society, this panel is a wide-ranging discussion about regional literary production beyond the limits of San Francisco but still Northern Californian. How are the life stories of our distinguished panelists (their own and those they unspool in their fiction and non-fiction) inflected or influenced by Northern California? Can we speak of general Bay Area literary production or does the work of these writers insist that we think in different terms about region? What's local, what's regional, what's Californian, and how do we know?

Frances's Latest Blogs

Nov.29.2008 - 8:15 am
Well, I have been out on the road for about two weeks now, talking and talking and talking about Towers of Gold, the story of my great great grandfather, Isaias Hellman, and the...
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Nov.11.2008 - 12:43 pm
Today is the day I have been waiting for the last eight years. Today is the day that Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California is officially...
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Nov.09.2008 - 11:06 am
My book, Towers of Gold, officially goes on sale November 11, and amid all the worry about reviews, publicity, and speaking engagements, I have been obsessed by an equally...
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Nov.06.2008 - 4:25 pm
When you write a book, it’s like you enter a vast, dark universe. There are no markers to guide you. You just fumble along, stringing sentences and paragraphs together, hoping...
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Comments from Frances

Jun.03.2010 - 9:37 am
In response to: Two Resurrections in One
Liz, What an amazing story. I was so moved by your thoughts and can't wait to celebrate the publication of Blue Nude in...
Jan.02.2010 - 3:30 pm
In response to: Getting to Happy
What a moving essay. Your challenges are many, but so are your talents and resilience. Now I am intrigued by 5 rhythms...
Nov.10.2008 - 12:40 pm
In response to: The Big Night
Sound absolutely yummy and fabulous!
Sep.09.2008 - 8:02 pm
In response to: First Novel in Hand
That must be a faqntastic feeling, to hold your book in your hand after years of work. Congratulations,    

Published Reviews

Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California
Published by San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"carefully researched and superbly written."