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Traverse City National Writers Series Presents: An Evening with Daniel James Brown

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June 10, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


City Opera House
106 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI United States

An Evening with Daniel James Brown and guest host Lucas Wittmann, books editor at The Daily Beast

Daniel James Brown’s book, The Boys in the Boat tells the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Brown follows the exploits of the University of Washington’s 8-man crew, whose national dynasty culminated in Olympic gold, transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

Brown relays the compelling story of nine working class boys, the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, who defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolph Hitler. Brown has drawn on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, to tell the irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.

As a writer Brown says that his primary interest is in bringing compelling historical events to life vividly and accurately, which he has masterfully done in this fast paced and emotional snapshot that has spent more than 22 weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and more than 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Brown is also the author of Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 and The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride. He resides outside of Seattle, Washington with his wife, two daughters and an assortment of cats, dogs, chickens and honeybees.

$20 General Admission ($31 ticket plus book); $25 Reserved ($36 ticket plus book); $35 Premium Reserved ($46 ticket plus book); Educator Discount: $5 off ticket price with valid ID; Student Discount: $10 off ticket price with valid ID.

Tickets available online at www.cityoperahouse.org.

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