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In 1990, Bistro Bookers was born. Under the guidance of the B.L.O.O.M. Group (Book Lovers Of Our Metropolis) the downtown after hours book review/discussion forum was created to encourage the discussion of current provocative nonfiction written by national and local authors interspersed with fiction from Buffalo-area authors.

So what does it take to be part of Bistro Bookers? A desire for a casual, uncomplicated, stimulating night out. You're invited . . . Open to all. No reservations are required.


June Event

 The Boys in the Boat

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017

Book: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Author: Daniel James Brown

Discussed by Robert Poczik

Book Summary: This book tells the remarkable story of nine working-class Seattle boys attending the University of Washington who, despite significant personal challenges in the depths of the Great Depression, found the strength, endurance and unity to defeat the best rowing teams in the world. They persevered to win the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, upsetting Adolf Hitler’s display of German superiority. This truly American story of the underdog rising above all disadvantages in class, birthright, economics and human endurance has been critically acclaimed and inspired a PBS documentary, The Boys of ’36, which aired in 2016. The book has been optioned for a major motion picture by The Weinstein Company, though a release date is not yet announced.


Chef's Restaurant
291 Seneca Street, Buffalo
5:30 pm Refreshments
6:15 pm Welcome & Introductions
6:30 pm Reviewer & Discussion


Previous Bistro Bookers programs