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At noon on Thursday, April 7, the Virginia Public Library will be hosting its annual One Book Northland event.  One Book Northland is a collaboration among several entities, including the Virginia, Duluth, Cloquet, Two Harbors, and Superior public libraries.  The One Book committee spends many hours each autumn considering several different titles before narrowing the choices to four, from which our communities choose the book which we will all read.  The title chosen this year is The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown. 
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This fascinating book explores the 1936 gold medal winning rowing team’s journey, from the early days of the Great Depression through their day of triumph in Berlin.  It is part biography, as the author used interview information on Joe Rantz, one of the boys in the boat, to describe his particular path to becoming part of the winning team.  It is also part history, as without historical context, much of the drama would be lost. 
Virginia is pleased to be having David Krmpotich, a Duluth native, participating in our One Book Northland, discussion on April 7th.  David Krmpotich, who grew up in Duluth and joined the Duluth Rowing Club as a teenager, was a member of the 1988 US Olympic team which won Silver at the Seoul Olympic games.  His program is called “The Olympic Experience” and will share how his experience relates to those of the young men featured in The Boys in the Boat. 
Discussion of the book will follow David’s presentation.  In addition to having multiple copies to borrow, the library has several copies of the book available for purchase.  Reading the book is not required for participation!
Contact us at 748-7525 if you have questions.