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March 30, 2016

Saratoga Reads event to feature Olympic rower, advocate for women athletes

Saratoga Reads will wrap up its 12th year of public programming with a special event featuring a conversation with author and Olympic rower Ginny Gilder on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium of Palamountain Hall on the Skidmore College campus.

A reception will follow the event to celebrate a terrific 12th year of reading together as a community and the paperback release of Gilder's book, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX. The book will be offered for sale at the reception by Northshire Bookstore, and Gilder will be available to sign copies.

Gilder was a member of the American women's quadruple sculls team that won the silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Eight years earlier, as a member of Yale University women's crew team, she took part in a headline-grabbing protest that helped define the movement for equality in college sports.

The Gilder event is the culmination of a series of programs related to this year's Saratoga Reads book of choice, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Set during the Great Depression, the book tells the improbable story of how nine working-class young men from the University of Washington in Seattle competed for the Gold Medal in rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.

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December 1, 2015

Saratoga Reads announces book of choice for community reading

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown has been selected by public vote as this year's book of choice for Saratoga Reads, a community-wide reading program.

Boys in the Boat coverThe Boys in the Boat reached the number 1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction paperbacks in 2014. The book's subtitle, "Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics," gives an instant overview, but the real story lies in the personal struggles and travails behind the scenes.

Set during the Great Depression, the book tells the improbable story of how nine working-class young men from the American West competed for the Gold Medal in rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coat and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.

At the core of the story is Joe Rantz, a teenager abandoned by his family, who manages to defy the odds. Through sheer perseverance, he finishes high school, attends the University of Washington in Seattle, and makes it through the fierce competition to the university's top rowing team.

"The individual stories of these young men are almost as compelling as the rise of the team itself. Brown excels at weaving the stories with the larger narrative, all culminating in the 1936 Olympic Games," said the Seattle Times. "The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable."

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Saratoga Reads! Season Kickoff Party!
December 9, 2015

Join us at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga for a party celebrating the start of the Saratoga Reads season!

Enter a door prize raffle, enjoy complimentary refreshments courtesy of Healthy Living Market & Cafe, and recieve a 10% discount off this year's Saratoga Reads book of choice - which will be announced on December 1.

EVENT DETAILS

Location:
Northshire Bookstore Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Date and Time:
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 7:00pm





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