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Julia Flynn Siler

with moderator Robert (Bob) Obana

Recorded July 14th, 2020


Julia Flynn Siler with moderator Robert (Bob) Obana, July 14, 2020

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Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist whose latest book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Against Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown, was named an “Editors’ Choice” title by the New York Times.

The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Against Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the 89th annual California Book Awards. The annual California Book Awards, which began in 1931, recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of literature written in California.

As a veteran correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek magazine, Julia spent more than two decades in Europe and the United States, reporting from a dozen countries. She has covered fields as varied as biotechnology, cult wines, puppy breeding, and a princess’s quest to restore a Hawaiian palace’s lost treasures. She has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBS, CNBC, NPR, and has written for the New York TimesWashington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.


Bob Obana is the chief operating officer at Gladstone where he oversees all administrative and financial services. He has more than 30 years of experience in the administration of higher education and independent research organizations. He previously served as the executive director and chief executive officer at the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, and before that he served as assistant vice chancellor for budget and finance at UC San Francisco. He is a member of the Statewide Leadership Council for the Public Policy Institute of California and of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium. Bob has a BA in environmental science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

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    Both the historical and the political is interwoven in your novels. When you are writing a novel do you have a political message/critique in mind or does it develop by itself as a result of your choice to tell history?

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    How did you decide on the title “The White Devil’s Daughters”?

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    What is the last piece of art or writing that has moved you?

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    What is your research process like when you begin a novel? How in-depth do you go?

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    What inspired you to write Lost Kingdom?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    What was your process in finding an editor for your books?