Author lectures on 'The Boys in the Boat' in Port Townsend on Friday

By Peninsula Daily News staff

PORT TOWNSEND — Daniel James Brown, a part-time resident of Port Townsend and author of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, will speak at the Jefferson County Historical Society First Friday Lecture this Friday.

The program begins at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers, 540 Water St.

Admission is by donation in support of historical society programs.

The Boys in the Boat is the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew, composed of sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers, who defeated the East Coast’s elite teams.

‘Nazi Olympics’

They went on to compete in the “Nazi Olympics” under Hitler’s gaze.

The story is drawn from the crew’s own diaries and their memories of that once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

The book will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop and at the lecture for signing.

Brown is the author of two previous nonfiction books, The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky, which was a finalist for a Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University.

For more information, phone Phyllis Snyder at 360-385-1003.

Last modified: October 29. 2013 7:16PM
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