“The Boys in the Boat” Author Coming to Eastern Shore this Fall

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) will welcome 2015 One Maryland One Book author Daniel James Brown to Maryland from September 27–30 for a six-stop statewide tour to speak about his New York Times bestselling book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Brown will start his tour at the Baltimore Book Festival, and then travel to Frederick, Talbot, Harford, and Anne Arundel Counties.

image011One Maryland One Book (OMOB), a program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council, brings diverse groups of Marylanders together in libraries, schools, and communities across the state to share a common reading experience through book discussions and companion programming each September and October. The 2015 book was chosen by a committee of librarians, educators, authors, and bibliophiles in January from a list of over 100 titles suggested last fall by readers across the state and inspired by a sports theme. To find discussions and other OMOB programming near you, visit www.onemarylandonebook.org.

“We are proud to offer for the eighth year One Maryland One Book, Maryland’s only statewide reading and discussion program,” said Phoebe Stein, MHC Executive Director. “This year’s inspiring selection will surely spur thoughtful and engaging discussion among Marylanders of all ages.”

Bestselling author Laura Lippman will serve as Honorary Chair of One Maryland One Book this year, and will introduce Daniel James Brown at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27. She had this to say about this year’s selection: “The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is inevitably a favorite of mine, centering as it does on the sport of rowing. But the book would not have become such a runaway success if it appealed only to rowing fans. It is the kind of story that we like to think is quintessentially American, in which under-estimated people work hard and succeed. It is utterly irresistible.”

One Maryland One Book is proudly supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Division of Library Development and Services at the Maryland State Department of Education, BGE, and the Nora Roberts Foundation, with additional support from Wells Fargo and M&T Bank.

About the Book: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat is the dramatic true story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics. Daniel James Brown shares the improbable journey of nine working-class American boys who embodied determination and optimism. The team’s friendship, shared adversity, and trust in each other helped them become the legendary team that defeated the most elite rivals, including the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler.

About the Author: Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College, the University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA. Brown taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor. He now writes narrative nonfiction books full time. Brown’s primary interest as a writer is in bringing compelling historical events to life as vividly and accurately as possible.

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 bee hives. Learn more at www.danieljamesbrown.com.


Save the Date: MHC to Present 20th Annual Summer Chautauqua Series

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC), in conjunction with local partners, will present the 20th-annual summer Chautauqua series in six Maryland counties from July 5 through July 14.

Free and open to the public, live local musical and theatrical acts open each show. Living history performances by actors/scholars are followed by question and answer sessions, which spark spirited conversation and provide informative family fun. Audiences will hear from the voices of the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Via partnerships with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Montgomery College, select performances will be live streamed; audiences will be able to access the performance via the MHC homepage at www.mdhc.org.

Chautauqua performances will take place at Garrett College in McHenry, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata (as part of their Twilight Performance Series), Montgomery College in Germantown, the Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk, the Cecil County Public Library’s Elkton Branch, and Perryville Middle School.

This year, the Maryland Humanities Council encourages audiences to celebrate the legacy of the Chautauqua program by reflecting on their experiences and sharing memories of past performances. Submit stories or photos of favorite characters via mail, online, or via Facebook and Twitter. Participants who submit their memories by June 27 will be entered into a random drawing to win a special prize.

Chautauqua is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the following on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum: Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore, Jocelyn W. Eysymontt, Catherine V. Hill, Cecelia V. Nobel, Kay W. Perkins, Blair Burns Potter, Karen Shook, Carolyn Hastings William, and MHC donors. Partner supporters include the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Garrett College, the Community College of Baltimore County, the College of Southern Maryland, Montgomery College, the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences, the Town of Perryville, Cecil County Public Library, Delmarva Power, and Cecil Tourism.