Author Daniel James Brown and The Boys in the Boat
Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources invite you to hear author Daniel James Brown in conjunction with the selection of his best-seller The Boys in the Boat for their 2017 “One Book, One Community” program.
The Boys in the Boat details the true story of a group of working-class boys from the University of Washington who ultimately defeated the most talented rowing teams across the U.S. and at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The eight-oar crew team shocked the world and inspired a nation by defeating the elite German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.
It seemed an obvious choice to pick The Boys in the Boat as the 2017 One Book selection. Reading this fascinating true story offers the opportunity for an increased appreciation of rowing in preparation for the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Benderson Park in Sarasota/Bradenton.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the looming onset of World War II, the epic journey of The Boys in the Boat provides valuable insights into the sport and history of rowing, the significance of teamwork and the ultimate triumph over adversity. Brown will talk about how this incredible story came to him, and what surprised him most in his research. His presentation will be followed by Q&A, book signing and sales.
Daniel James Brown is the author of two previous nonfiction books and was a finalist for the B&N Discover Award for Under a Flaming Sky. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford. He lives near Seattle. The Boys in the Boat has been on the New York Times Best-seller list for over 2 years.