Julia Flynn Siler
|Julia Flynn Siler|
|Born||Palo Alto, California|
|Residence||San Francisco Bay Area|
|Spouse||Charles (Charlie) Siler|
Julia Flynn Siler is an American journalist and nonfiction author.
Early life and career
Born in Palo Alto, California, Siler received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Brown University in 1983, a master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1985, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1991. She did additional postgraduate work at the London School of Economics.
The House of Mondavi
In 2007, Siler published The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, a nonfiction account of four generations of California's Mondavi family. The House of Mondavi concerns a repeating pattern of sibling conflict in a family wine business. The book details the 2004 board coup that led to the breakup and the forced sale of the publicly-traded Robert Mondavi company. The House of Mondavi revealed that patriarch Robert Mondavi's philanthropic gifts to the University of California at Davis and elsewhere had led to a personal financial crisis for the company, which was one of the factors leading to its $1 billion takeover.
The book was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism in the category of business books in 2008. It was also a James Beard Foundation finalist that year in the category of books on wine and spirits. BusinessWeek picked it as one of the top ten business books of the year for 2007. It also received criticism for focusing on the salacious.
In 2011, Siler published Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure, a narrative history of the overthrow of Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani. Lost Kingdom was a 2011 Northern California bestseller. It was also a New York Times bestseller.
- "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- "How the Mondavis Lost an Empire". The Wall Street Journal. June 15, 2007. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "2008 Finalists". Gerald Loeb Awards. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
- "Awards". James Beard Foundation. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
- "Best Business Books of 2007". James J. Hill Center. December 7, 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- Carson, L. Pierce (June 19, 2007). "New Mondavi book focuses on the salacious". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- Jeanne Cooper (September 7, 2012). "Queen Lili'uokalani's legacy continues to inspire". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Travel Books: Best Sellers". The New York Times. July 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.