In 1936, the crew team from the University of Washington won Olympic gold. They shouldn’t have. They were certainly talented and determined enough to win, but the odds were stacked against them, with one team member sick, their boat given the worst lane assignment, and them missing the signal that started the gold-medal race. This year’s One Read selection, “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, follows members of this ragtag group of rowers as they struggle through the Great Depression, physical adversity, and personal tragedy to become one of the greatest crew teams in our nation’s history.
Taking inspiration from “The Boys in the Boat,” we invite you to tell a story about beating the odds in 250 words or less. The moment can be significant or subtle, but all stories must contain an element of the underdog, of someone unexpectedly prevailing, or of a character getting up one more time than he or she is knocked down.
Starting September 2, entries may be submitted using this form, mailed or dropped off at any library or bookmobile. (See full rules below for details.) Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and winners will receive a $20 book store gift card.
Entries are due by September 23. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules.Contest Rules Eligibility
- The contest is open to those 16 years of age and older.
- Participants must reside within the DBRL service area (Boone or Callaway County, Missouri).
- Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Mailed entries must be postmarked by that date.)
- One entry per individual.
- Submissions must be 250 words or less in length.
- Submissions must be in English.
- Submissions must include writer’s name, age, address and email address or phone number for eligibility verification and contact purposes.
- Entries must be in text format and typed.
- Entries may be submitted through the online form or by mail (DBRL, ATTN: Lauren/One Read Writing Contest, PO Box 1267, Columbia, MO 65205), or dropped off at a DBRL location.
- Submissions must be original, unpublished works.
- Each participant must be the sole author and exclusive owner of all right, title and interest in and to his or her submission.
- DBRL’s publication and use of the submission in accordance with the terms set out herein will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party (including copyright), or require any payment to or consent/permission from any third party.
- The submission must not contain any material that is inappropriate, indecent, profane, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
- The submission must not contain any material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
- The submission must not contain any material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the submission is created.
- The submission must not contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service of the sponsor or any third party.
- Entries will be evaluated and the winners chosen based on creativity, grammar and emotion evoked by the writing, as well as adherence to the guidelines outlined above.
- Two winners will be announced by October 10.
- Winning entries and those receiving honorable mentions will appear on the One Read website.
- Winners will be notified by phone or email and will each receive a $20 bookstore gift certificate.
“It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is.” ~ George Pocock, as quoted by Daniel James Brown in “The Boys in the Boat”
Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invite Mid-Missouri artists to contribute works that explore a range of experiences and views of water, whether from shore or flying across the water itself, “in a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades.”
Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, courtesy of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, the second place winner $75 and the first place winner $125. The first place winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate from the Columbia Art League Art, good for use towards any class. Art will be displayed September 7-20 at Orr Street Studios with an opening reception, awards and program on Tuesday, September 9 at 6 p.m.
- Artists must be at least 16 years of age.
- Artists may submit one work in any visual medium.
- Pieces should be ready for display; pieces without secure hanging wire cannot be accepted (no sawtooth hangers, please).
- Work should be labeled on the back with your name, phone number or email, title of the work and medium used.
- Submit artwork to Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia).
- Submission dates are:
- Friday, September 5, Noon-5 p.m.
- Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- After the exhibit, artists can pick up their artwork Saturday, September 20 between noon and 5 p.m. or Sunday, September 21 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Questions? Contact Lauren Williams at 573-443-3161 or by E-mail.
On May 27, KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author Daniel Brown about his book, “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” Listen to Brown speak about the book’s origins and response to being chosen for our community-wide reading program.
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“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” is an uplifting and fast-paced Cinderella story.
This nonfiction work describes the journey of nine working class young men from the University of Washington as they row their way out of obscurity and into the gold-medal race at the 1936 Olympic Games in Hitler’s Berlin. The story of poor, twice-orphaned Joe Rantz anchors this cinematic tale of passion and perseverance set against the struggles of the Great Depression and a looming Second World War. Drawing on interviews, journals and period photographs, Brown tells the fascinating story of these unlikely American heroes.
The book’s publisher calls “The Boys in the Boat” an “irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.”About the Author
Daniel Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College, the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA. He taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor. He now lives outside of Seattle, Washington and writes narrative nonfiction full time.
Brown’s book, “Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894” was named by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 2006. He is also author of the 2009 work, “The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride.”
- Author’s Website
- Publisher’s Page
- The Guardian Review
- USA Today Review
- Author Interview With Powell’s Books
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Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.
Final 10 Selections
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Runner-up)
- The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Winner)
Daniel James Brown
- The Ghost Map
- The Gravity of Birds
- Life After Life
- My Beloved World
- Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline
- A Tale for the Time Being
- A Thousand Pardons
- Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future
- American Gods
- The Arabian Nights
- The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
- Atlas Shrugged
- Behind the Scenes at the Museum
- Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland
Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
- Black and Blue
- The Book Thief
- The Burgess Boys
- Carnivorous Carnival
- A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
- The Coldest Winter Ever
- Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
- Day After Night
- The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
- Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
- A Dog’s Purpose
W. Bruce Cameron
- Dominique Ick Lessont and the Dragon Knight
- The Dovekeepers
- Each Little Bird That Sings
- Easter Island
- Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-making Race Around the World
- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
- Enemy Women
- Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale
- Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown
- First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
- Flight Behavior
- A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
Qais Akbar Omar
- From Far Away
- Girl Stolen
- A Good American
- The Good Lord Bird
- The Green Trap
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer
- The Happiness Project
- Heart and the Fist: The Education of A Humanitarian, the Making of A Navy SEAL
- The Heart of a Soldier
- Coming Home
- Here Comes Doctor Hippo: A Little Hippo Story
- Hide and Seek
- Hobbledehoy Boy
- Home Front
- The Horse Whisperer
- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
- I Am Number Four – The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
- I Am Troy Davis
- Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
- Ladies of the Night : A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World
- The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
- The Maid’s Version
- Me Before You
- Meant to Be
- Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave
- The Night Circus
- No, David!
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
- Odd Duck
- Old Yeller
- The Orphan Master’s Son
- Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife
Eben Alexander, M.D.
- The Prophet
- The Red Garden
- The Rent Collector
- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
- The Round House
- Rules of Civility
- The Shoes of the Fisherman
- Show Me the Murder
- So Much Pretty
- The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius
- The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
Daniel E. Lieberman
- Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
Rita Golden Gelman
- Telegraph Avenue
- Telex From Cuba
- Tenth of December
- Thank You for Your Service
- This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
- A Thousand Pardons
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Together Tea
- Tom T’s Hat Rack: A Story About Paying It Forward
- Toxic Charity
- The Uglies Series
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- The Warmth of Other Suns
- The Watchman’s Rattle
Rebecca D. Costa
- When I Grow Up
- Where’d You Go Bernadette
- Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It
- The Wilderness Series
- The Woman in White
- Year of Wonders
Voting for the 2014 One Read book is now closed. We appreciate all of you who cast your vote for either “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain or “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel Brown.
On May 20 we will announce the winning book here at oneread.org.
In the meantime, read more about our finalists!
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