Doing a favorite thing in my favorite place


Last week my wife and I traveled to our favorite vacation place, Bayfield, Wisconsin, to enjoy the water and the cool breezes and to sell my novel, The Lighthouse on Devils Island.  Set in 1928, the novel tells the story of the redemption of a bitter old lighthouse keeper who believes he’s wasted his life as keeper of the Devils Island Lighthouse in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. It’s a real place, and you get to it through Bayfield. And for those who can’t see a St. Louis connection, a family from St. Louis that comes to work on the island helps the keeper see he hasn’t wasted his life at a lighthouse. They come from Cherokee Street, actually.

It was fun meeting potential buyers at three different readings and at signings at two other stores. In one, I read during a cruise to the Raspberry Island Lighthouse. Above I show off my books at the Keeper of the Light nautical book store in Bayfield. I loved hanging around with the owner, Mary Grant. Also, as you see below, Lorraine and I dropped in on Austin Miller, the artist who allowed me to use her artwork of Devils Island on my front cover. I’m holding a book she produced.

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One more picture: the Devils Island Lighthouse.

The book is available through Amazon. You can also get an autographed copy mailed to you by sending a check for $17.25 made out to Jim Merkel to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, Mo. 63116.


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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