Daniel James 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. With an interest in bringing compelling historical events to life as vividly and accurately as possible, he now writes narrative nonfiction full time.
Named the best Nonfiction Book of the Year for 2014 by the American Booksellers Association, "The Boys in the Boat" also won the 2014 Washington State Book Award in the History/General Nonfiction category. The Weinstein Co. has begun to develop a script for a film adaptation of the book.
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 lives outside Seattle with his family and an assortment of cats, dogs, chickens and honeybees.