Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown, photo by Robin V. Brown
Daniel James Brown, photo by Robin V. Brown

Daniel James Brown is author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which was named Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year by the America Booksellers Association and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction from the American Library Association. The book was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2013 and was the nonfiction finalist for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

Brown  grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the University of California at Berkeley. He taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor, first in Silicon Valley and later at Microsoft. He now writes narrative nonfiction books full time. His primary interest as a writer is in bringing compelling historical events to life as vividly and accurately as he can. His next book will tell the story of the Japanese-American patriots of World War II who sacrificed everything to prove their loyalty to the United States.

Brown lives in the country outside of Seattle, Washington, with his wife, two daughters, and an assortment of cats, dogs, chickens, and honeybees. When he is not writing, he is likely to be birding, gardening, fly fishing, reading American history, or chasing bears away from the beehives.


selected bibliography

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (2013)
The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party (2009)
Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown
Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 (2006)

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online resources

Interview with Brown on Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, February 12, 2019
Viking to Publish New Book by Brown, September 27, 2017
Q&A: Brown on The Boys in the Boat, The Seattle Times, June 15, 2013

Video: Official Book Trailer for The Boys in the Boat