American History Tellers: Julia was featured on the final episode of this season’s American History Teller’s podcast devoted to Hawaiian history. She spoke about her book, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure with host Lindsay Graham. Listen here.
Crime Writing Prize: Julia’s article in Alta Journal, “A Horrible Death to Die” about the unsolved murder of Stanford University co-founder Jane Stanford, won top honors in crime writing from the Los Angeles Press Club. Read Alta’s story on the prizes here.
Investigative Reporting Prize: Julia’s article in Alta Journal, “The Safe Place That Became Unsafe” won the category of Best Investigative Journalism in Folio’s 2021 Eddie and Ozzie Awards. The article was a follow-up to her most recent book The White Devil’s Daughters. Read Alta’s story on the prizes here.
In Conversation with Susan Orlean: Julia interviewed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean about her new book, On Animals, for the Commonwealth Club of California. You can watch the conversation here.
Alta Live: Julia was interviewed about her article in The Journal of Alta California on the century-old, unsolved murder of Jane Lathrop Stanford, the university’s co-founder. Video will be posted soon.
Alta Asks Live: Julia was interviewed about her article in The Journal of Alta California on Cameron House, the safe house in San Francisco’s Chinatown that became unsafe for generations of boys and young men. Click here to view.
California Book Award: Julia’s third book, The White Devil’s Daughters, is a finalist in nonfiction for a California Book Award, given by the Commonwealth Club. To read about the awards, click here.
PBS American Masters: Julia was interviewed for a short documentary film on Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani, who she profiled in Lost Kingdom: The Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure. Watch the film here.
NYT Editors’ Choice: The New York Times picks The White Devil’s Daughters as an “Editors’ Choice” of recommended new books. To read the article, click here.
Wall Street Journal: The WSJ reviewed The White Devil’s Daughters in its weekend book review section, calling it “compelling” and “vivid.” To read, click here.
Q&A with Smithsonian: The Smithsonian Magazine published a Q&A with Julia on her book The White Devil’s Daughters. To read the online article, click here.
National Park Service: The NPS features Julia on a podcast about human trafficking at the turn of the 20th Century. To listen, click here.
CapRadio Reads: Julia was the guest on the inaugural virtual event for Sacramento Public Radio’s CapRadio Reads program. You can listen to it here.
Golden Poppy Book Awards: The White Devil’s Daughters wins the nonfiction and regional interest categories for best book of 2019 awarded by the NCIBA.
PBS American Masters: Julia is interviewed as a historian for a short documentary film on Tye Leung Schulze, who she profiled in The White Devil’s Daughters. Watch the film here.
Northern California Bestseller: The White Devil’s Daughters hits the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association bestseller list in hardcover nonfiction. To see the list, click here.
KQED’s Forum: Julia was a guest on KQED’s Forum show with host Michael Krasny. To listen to their conversation about her new book, The White Devil’s Daughters, click here.
Sacramento Public Radio‘s Insight: Julia was a guest on Cap Radio’s Insight show with host Beth Ruyak. To listen to their conversation about her new book, The White Devil’s Daughters, click here.
KERA’s Think: Julia was a guest on North Texas Public Radio KERA’s Think show with host John McCaa. To listen to their conversation about her new book, The White Devil’s Daughters, click here.
Letters and Politics: Julia was the guest of public radio station KPFA’s hour-long Letters and Politics Show with host Mitch Jeserich on June 27th. To listen, click here.
NPR’s Word by Word: Julia was interviewed by Word by Word host Gil Mansergh for his hour-long show on KRCB and various NPR and PRX stations nationwide. To listen, click here.
Inflection Point: Julia was interviewed by Inflection Point host Lauren Schiller for her weekly, hour-long show on KALW and various NPR and PRX stations nationwide. To listen, click here.
Elaine’s Picks: Book Passage Founder and President Elaine Petrocelli picked The White Devil’s Daughters as one of her favorite new books for May/June. To read her comments, click here.
Starred review: The White Devil’s Daughters, Julia’s third book, is awarded a star by Kirkus Reviews, which calls it a “well-written, riveting tale of a dismal, little-known corner of American history.” To read the review, click here.
Napa Register: The paper ran a feature on the 2020 Napa Authors Forum and called Julia’s presentation “inspiring and a perfect finale to the evening.” To read the story, click here.
New Mexico: Julia was a guest on Santa Fe Talk Radio’s Brave Space show along with Lynn Sanchez, the co-chair of New Mexico’s Human Trafficking Taskforce, and Dr. Dora Wang. To hear their conversation, click
Wine Reads, A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing edited by Jay McInerney, includes an excerpt from Julia’s The House of Mondavi. For more information, click here.
Hawai’i Magazine named Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure as one of six essential summer books about Hawaii. click here.
Mayborn Fellowship. Julia was awarded the 2017 Mayborn Fellowship in Biography and will be honored on July 22 at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. For more information, click here.
Library Laureate. Julia was named a 2017 Library Laureate by the Friends of the San Francisco Library. She was honored at a gala event at the main branch of the library on April 7, 2017. For more information, click here.
Public Scholar Award. Julia was granted a 2016-2017 “Public Scholar” award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support her forthcoming book, “The White Devil’s Daughters.” For more information, click here.
NYT Bestseller! Lost Kingdom hits the New York Times bestseller list for e-book non-fiction for the week of June 19, 2016. To see the list, click here.
In Depth. Julia was interviewed by KCBS radio host Jane McMillan about Napa Valley, the California wine industry, and the legacy of Peter Mondavi, Sr. for her weekly half-hour radio program on the weekends, In Depth. For more information, please click here.
A Napa Valley Legend passes away. Peter Mondavi, Sr.’s death at age 101 received widespread coverage, and The House of Mondavi, was cited in stories by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as remembrances aired by KCBS. To read the New York Times‘ story, please click here.
U.C. Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. Julia was elected to the Council of Friends of the Bancroft Library for a second three-year term. The Bancroft is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States. For more information, please click here.
C-Span Book TV. Julia’s panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was televised live on C-Span’s Book TV. The name of the panel was Nonfiction: Landscapes Real and Imagined. The broadcast was on Sunday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. EST. To watch, please click here.
Ella Dickey Literacy Prize. Julia has been named a 2013 Ella Dickey Literacy Award winner, named in honor of a beloved librarian. The award ceremony took place on April 24, 2013 at the start of the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Missouri. For more information, click here.
L.A. Times Festival of Books. Julia appeared at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to discuss her latest work, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure. The Festival took place on the USC campus April 20-21. For more information, click here.
U.C. Berkeley. Julia was the moderator of a conversation between two celebrated historians, Adam Hochschild and T.J. Stiles. This was the keynote event of the East Meets West Conference at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism on November 10, 2012. For more information, click here.
Hawai’i Public Radio. Julia was interviewed by Lynne Waters, guest host of “The Conversation” about Lost Kingdom and her appearance at the Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History conference. To listen to the show, click here. To find out more about the Distinctive Women event, click here.
CBS/KPIX’s Eyewitness News. Julia was interviewed by news anchor/reporter Grace Lee for a television news story on Larry Ellison’s purchase of the Hawaiian island of Lanai from billionaire David Murdock. To watch the video or listen to the related radio story, click here.
Hawai’i Book and Music Festival. Julia was one of the headliners for the 2012 Hawai’i Book and Music Festival, along with novelist and poet Maxine Hong Kingston, Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of “The Descendants,” and Janny Scott, author of “A Singular Woman.” Click here for the festival’s full line-up.
Lost Kingdom reviewed in the Sunday New York Times. In a full-page review entitled “The Other Side of Paradise,” reviewer Malia Boyd praises the book as “richly and diversely sourced” and for the author’s ability to “color in many figures who had heretofore existed largely in outline or black and white.” To read the full review, please click here.
NPR’s Weekend Edition. Julia discussed Lost Kingdom on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition of All Things Considered on Sunday, February 26th. She was interviewed by the Weekend Edition Sunday host Guy Raz. To listen to the interview or read the excerpt on NPR’s website, please click here.
House of Mondavi optioned — again. The film and television rights to Julia’s first book, the New York Times bestseller The House of Mondavi, will be optioned for the third time by Gary A. Randall, who recently formed a new company, Boardwalk Entertainment Group. The group has projects in various stages with ABC, Fox, NBC, Starz and Showtime.
Julia invited to speak to the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu. Julia addressed the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace following their annual meeting on the palace grounds on February 13, 2012. ‘Iolani Palace is the setting for much of Lost Kingdom and the book is being sold in the Palace’s shops. ‘Iolani Palace is a National Historic Landmark.
Honolulu television appearances. Julia was a guest on two leading morning news shows in Hawai‘i on Feburary 13th, KHON’s Wake Up 2Day and Hawai‘i News Now’s Sunrise program, the NBC & CBS Affiliate. Please click here to view the Sunrise segment and here to see the Wake Up 2Day appearance.
Lost Kingdom hits the bestseller list. Julia’s history of Hawaii debuts on the San Francisco Chronicle/Northern California Independent Booksellers bestseller list in hardcover nonfiction for the weeks ending January 22nd and February 5 . Lost Kingdom was also a No. 1 bestseller in hardcover nonfiction on the Marin Independent Journal’s bestseller list. For more information, please visit the NCIBA, Indibound, or the Marin Independent Journal.
The Leonard Lopate Show: Julia was a guest on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show on January 23, 2012 about Hawaii and her new book Lost Kingdom, describing royalty and rogues, sugar barons, and missionaries. WNYC is New York’s leading public radio station that is broadcast on 93.9FM and AM 820. Click here to listen to the show or to comment on WNYC’s website.
Forum with Michael Krasny: Julia was a guest for an hour-long radio segment on KQED’s Forum program on January 16, 2012 about Hawaii with host Michael Krasny and fellow guest Carlton “Ka’ala” Carmack, a native Hawaiian teacher and performer, and Noelani Arista, assistant professor of history at University of Hawaii at Manoa. The show aired in the San Francisco Bay Area on KQED, 88.5 FM, as well as on many public radio stations nationwide. Click here to listen to the show.
West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson: Julia was a guest for a special anniversary show of West Coast Live on January 7, 2012, discussing Lost Kingdom and the legacy of Claus Spreckels, the nineteenth century business tycoon known as the “Sugar King.” West Coast Live is a two-hour radio variety show that broadcasts live-to-satellite Saturday mornings in front of West Coast theater audiences and coast-to-coast radio fans. To listen to the show, click here.
NPR’s Patt Morrison: Julia was interviewed by Patt Morrison on her Southern California Public Radio show on December 28, 2011, discussing the bittersweet legacy of Hawaii’s last queen and her overthrow in 1893. Patt Morrison is a two-hour public affairs show on L.A.’s 89.3 FM, KPCC. For more information, please visit the show’s website. To download and listed to the podcast, click here.
NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook: Julia was the guest of an hour-long segment on Tom Ashbrook’s “On Point” show on December 1, 2011. Focusing on Hawaiian history, it was produced by Boston’s WBUR, which reaches more than 210 stations nationwide and 1.2 million listeners. For more information, please visit the show’s website. To download and listen to the podcast, click here.
California Book Awards
Julia was the master of ceremonies for the 78th annual California Book Awards, which took place at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on June 4, 2009. For photos and more information, please visit the club’s website at www.commonwealthclub.org/bookawards
“Wine, Literature and Coming of Age” with Jay McInerney at the Commonwealth Club
Julia hosted a conversation with novelist and short-story writer Jay McInerney at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on April 23rd, 2009. To listen to the event, which was broadcast on San Jose’s public radio station KLIV on June 4, 2009. Listen.
2008 James Beard Foundation Award Finalist
The House of Mondavi is honored as a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Award in the category of books on wine and spirits. The awards ceremony for finalists and winners took place at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Learn more.
2008 Gerald Loeb Award Finalist
The House of Mondavi is honored as a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism in the category of business books. The Loeb Awards are the highest honor in business journalism. Read more.
BusinessWeek’s Top 10 Best Business Books of the Year
BusinessWeek’s editors chose The House of Mondavi as one of the top 10 business books of the year, alongside Alan Greenspan’s “Age of Turbulence.” Read article.
Amazon Best Books of 2007
“The House of Mondavi” is a customer pick for the Best Books of 2007 in the cooking, food and wine category. Read.
NPR’s All Things Considered
Julia Flynn Siler, author of The House of Mondavi, is interviewed on May 16, 2008, by Noah Adams on NPR’s All Things Considered program for a remembrances piece entitled “Robert Mondavi, Wine Trailblazer, Dies at 94.” Listen.
Wall Street Journal Wine Columnists’ “Toast to a Pioneer”
The Wall Street Journal’s wine columnists Dottie Gaiter and John Brecher raise a glass of wine to Robert Mondavi and explain how they came of age, wine-wise, with a 1974 Mondavi cabernet. Watch the video of their May 23, 2008 Tastings column, where they cite The House of Mondavi.
Financial Times’ “Pioneer Who Made Wine Respectable”
The Financial Times’s Matthew Garrahan’s May 23, 2008 obituary of Robert Mondavi cites The House of Mondavi. Read article.
Robert Mondavi Remembered in BusinessWeek.com
Julia Flynn Siler’s remembrance of the life of Robert Mondavi appears in BusinessWeek.com on May 19, 2008. Read the story.
Paperback edition now available
The House of Mondavi became available in paperback on May 1, 2008Order your copy through independent and online book retailers today. Buy the paperback.
“The House of Mondavi” is a finalist for a 2008 “Audie” award
The audiobook version of “The House of Mondavi,” read by Alan Sklar and produced by Tantor Audiobooks, is a finalist for a 2008 “Audie” award in the business category. Read more
The Chicago Tribune, Newsday and the San Francisco Chronicle recommend “The House of Mondavi” as a holiday gift book.
Bill Daley, the Chicago Tribune’s chief food and wine reporter, calls it “thoroughly researched and engagingly told…” Read article. Newsday says it is “…reported with clarity and intelligence.” Read. Jon Bonne, the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine editor, calls it “…a tale that captures one family’s amazing mission to put wine on the American table.” Read.
The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco
In a lively discussion with the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Editor, Julia talks about “The House of Mondavi” and answers questions (September 5, 2007) Listen
The House of Mondavi hits the bestseller lists!
New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival
Julia appears on the main stage and reads and answers questions in a break-out session at an event with included Seymour Hersh, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Douglas Brinkley. (September 29, 2007.) Learn more.
Julia appeared at Google’s Mountain View headquarters to talk about “The House of Mondavi” and answer questions. (August 10, 2007.) Watch.
American Public Media
Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of The Splendid Table, interviewed Julia about “The House of Mondavi” (September 8th, 2007) Listen
Forum on KQED
Julia participates in a discussion about wine snobs on a San Francisco Bay Area public radio station with Fred Franzia, the man behind the bargain wine nicknamed “two-buck Chuck.” Listen.
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal tastes wine with Julia and chats with her about “The House of Mondavi” (August 22, 2007) Listen
West Coast Live
Julia is interviewed by Sedge Thomson on West Coast Live (August 11, 2007). To visit the West Coast Live home page, click here.
NPR’s Day-to-Day recommends “The House of Mondavi” for a late summer read, calling it “a riveting story that is part soap opera, part Shakespearian family drama.” Read
Recommended Summer Reading
CBS Early Show named The House of Mondavi as recommended summer reading. (June 29, 2007) Read article
The Tasting Room
Hear a podcast of Julia on “The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis” (July 29, 2007)Listen
“Good Food” Show Interview
Hear a podcast of Julia on KCRW’s “Good Food” Show (July 28, 2007) Listen
U.S. News and World Report
Julia’s Q&A with U.S. News and World Report (July 23, 2007) Read
Andrew Zimmern Interview
Julia is interviewed on “The Andrew Zimmern Show” in Minneapolis (July 18, 2007)Listen
Larry Mantle Interview
Julia is interviewed by Larry Mantle on 89.3 KPCC Los Angeles (July 10, 2007) Listen
Julia’s Visit to Cody’s Books
Cody’s Books in Berkeley welcomes Julia (June 28, 2007)
Listen to Julia on The Gene Burns Program (please be patient while file downloads to your default audio player)
WGN Radio Interview
Julia is interviewed by Nick Digilio on WGN 720 Chicago. (June 30, 2007) Listen
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Restaurant Guys Radio
Julia is interviewed on the Restaurant Guys radio show. Listen.