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Daniel James Brown

Agent: Yes, I am agented
Redmond, Washington, United States


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Daniel James Brown writes history-based narrative

His first book in this genre, UNDER A FLAMING SKY, has
been named a "Best Book of 2006" by the American
Library Association's Booklist Magazine. Booklist called it
"Riveting, moving, white-knuckle reading to rank with
classic accounts of the 'perfect storm,' Krakatoa, and
other storied calamites." The book was also selected for
Barnes & Noble's "Discover Great New Writers" in 2006.

Haper Perennial published the paperback edition of
UNDER A FLAMING SKY in August of 2007. Please see
Brown's web site for some of the great reviews the book
has been receiving.

His second book in this genre, THE INDIFFERENT STARS
ABOVE, is forthcoming from HarperCollins/William
Morrow in June of 2009.

Brown was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area,
where he attended the University of California at Berkeley,
majoring in English. He later earned an M.A. in English at
UCLA and subsequently taught writing at San Jose State
University and at Stanford University. During his teaching
career he co-authored two textbooks on writing:
Connections: A Rhetoric/Short Prose Reader (Houghton
Mifflin, 1984) and Criteria for Writers (Holt, Rinehart and
Winston, 1986.)

Brown now lives in the country east of Redmond,
Washington, with his wife and two daughters and an
assortment of dogs, cats, sheep, and honeybees.

Interests: American history, the English language, Shakespeare, birdwatching, and flyfishing.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Under a Flaming Sky
  • The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride