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Exploring Beverly Hills Public Library One Book One City

About the Book

“The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. The book’s message is that a small, diverse group of people, exceeding the strength of any single one of its members, can, by working together towards a common goal, accomplish great things.

About the Author

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. The Boys in the Boat has been on bestseller lists across the country, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR. Brown has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford. His primary interest as a writer is in bringing compelling historical events to life as vividly and accurately as possible. He lives near Seattle.

Community Events

One Book One City activities will be held in September and October 2014. Stay tuned for more event details!

A culminating event with author Daniel James Brown: Discussion, Q&A, book signing

Date: Sunday October 12th, 2014

Time: Afternoon, exact timing TBD

Location: Kenneth L. Peters Auditorium at Beverly Hills High School


Book DiscussionsOpen to the public and hosted by Friends of the Library Reading Group, facilitated by Judith Palarz

Tuesday, September 2, 10:15 AM

Wednesday, September 10, 10:15 AM

Thursday, September 18, 1:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room South, 2nd floor of the Beverly Hills Library


Start Reading: Check availability and reserve your copy of "The Boys in the Boat" through BHPL

Want to learn more about the 1936 Olympics and the Dust Bowl Era? Check out the library's recommended list of reads.

Sponsors Needed!

Sponsors needed to help bring our community events to life – review the sponsorship opportunities and show your support for strengthening community through reading. 

Questions? Want to get involved in planning a community event?

Email: oboc@beverlyhills.org or call: 310-285-1024

A collaboration by the City's Human Relations Commission, Beverly Hills Public Library and Beverly Hills Unified School District