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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Schirle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1960 in Decatur, IL


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Illinois Connection

John Schirle was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois, and graduated from Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Illinois. He currently lives in Decatur, and is on the staff of the Children's Department of the Decatur Public Library.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Schirle was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois, and graduated from Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Illinois. He's worked in central Africa as a Bible translation consultant and college instructor, and since 1993 has been back in Illinois. He currently lives in Decatur, and is on the staff of the Children's Department of the Decatur Public Library. He's been an avid tent-camper since Boy Scout days, and his first book, published in 2009, is "The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois". It highlights 50 of the best places to tent camp all around the state.


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Titles At Your Library

The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos (Best Tent Camping)
ISBN: 0897326431

Menasha Ridge Press. 2009

For the outdoor enthusiast, Illinois has it all: rivers to canoe, lakes to fish, trails to hike and bike, and plenty of quiet places to camp. This indispensable guide is aimed at the tent camper who wants to enjoy these things up close. Unlike other guides that merely list all campgrounds, The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois profiles in detail the 50 best sites in the state for campers who seek the serene and secluded. Here is essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and websites), as well as a description of the campground, the best sites, and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking. The guide covers well-known parks as well as some campgrounds that are local secrets that can’t be found on Internet searches.


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Email contact jds217@juno.com.