A tragic mystery surrounds one of the West’s most illustrious institutions. Who murdered Jane Stanford, cofounder of Stanford University and the leading force, in its earliest days, behind the school’s funding and operation? Author Julia Flynn Siler sits down with us to examine the circumstances and the suspects of this century-old whodunit. Tune in to a special—and slightly spooky—Alta Live.
About the guest:
Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times–bestselling author and journalist. Her most recent book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a finalist for a California Book Award. Among her other books is Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure. Her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor to and former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on PBS, the BBC, CNBC, and CNN. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.•