NEW BOOK: Billy Barnstorm – The Birch Lake Bomber

By Admin • September 1st, 2011

Tales of youthful disaster mixed with rich characters and incidents you can’t forget

MISSOULA, Mont. – Joel M. Vance’s Billy Barnstorm could be sub-titled Troubles With Girls as storyteller Joel Vance’s hero negotiates his teenage years with usually hilarious, sometimes moving, encounters with various girl friends. Along the way he interacts with characters in Birch Lake, the north woods Wisconsin town by the lake for which it is named, including his nemesis Scuz Olson, the town drunk Charlie Pete, his high school coach, his knuckleballing, guitar playing friend Rusty … and even the President of the United States.

Billy Barnstorm is vintage Vance,” says outdoors book publisher Nick Lyons. “Which means that it’s earthy, hilarious, fast-paced and quick-witted, and packed with characters you can’t forget.”  Vance is an outstanding storyteller, and once started, this book is difficult to put down.

Famed humorist Pat McManus finds a current of humor running through everything Vance writes, and Billy Barnstorm is no exception.  “It’s a wonderful trip back in time, and by no means to a simpler time, at least for a boy coming of age.  The ending is powerful and perfect.”

As a veteran writer for 21 years with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Joel Vance has freelanced since the 1960s and has won many writing awards. Billy Barnstorm is Vance’s seventh published book. He and his wife Marty live on 40 acres of woods on a dead end road in central Missouri. Wild turkeys are their nearest neighbors.

Billy Barnstorm-The Birch Lake Bomber is available for $15.99 and can be ordered either at  or at

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Publish date: October 2011
Publisher: Five Valleys Press;
Paperback: 182 pages
Illustrations: 14 black & white, by Bruce Cochran
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0983544227
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches


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