Stops Along the Royal Road
Adventures From a Lifetime of Travel
by ERNEST BEYL
Available Now! | Non-fiction / $17.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9988310-2-2
A few years ago, we received a manuscript from a local writer who was familiar with our press as publishing local works. I quickly turned the pages and said out loud that we were going to publish the book. The executive editor with a puzzled look on his face questioned my split decision. It was simple; the writing style was just right to celebrate the life of a dynamic local whose stories needed to be forever remembered in a book. –Daniel David, Publisher
Ernie Beyl is the author of Sketches From a North Beach Journal, San Francisco Appetites and Afterthoughts and now is releasing Stops Along the Royal Road. The book is filled with some amazing pictures from his travels including an unbelievable moment with Hemingway tossing olives into the mouth of none other than Gary Cooper!
Stops Along the Royal Road is a brilliant account of one man’s journey around the world with vibrant accounts of his many stops along the way. Ernie never ceases to find himself in the middle of a moment demanding to be recorded, allowing the rest of us to embrace charming scenarios as if we had witnessed them ourselves.
About the Author:
Ernest Beyl is a San Francisco writer who has long been fascinated by the history of his city and the characters, then and now, who have made it buzz with excitement. He writes not only about San Francisco history, but also about food, restaurants, jazz, fly fishing and whatever else strikes his fancy. His monthly column for San Francisco’s Marina Times gave him the idea for this book of Sketches from a North Beach Journal.
As a kid he was fascinated by the writer Richard Halliburton, a romantic loner who spent his life on what he called The Royal Road to Romance—title of his first book. Wishing to travel that royal road himself Beyl joined the marines at eighteen which seemed the most practical way to see the world. Following peacetime service in Asia and the Pacific he attended Stanford University and that set him up for a career in journalism. He became a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Mateo Times and later a free-lancer for magazines and newspapers. He did a stint as a Hollywood press agent which led him to Sun Valley, the Idaho ski resort, where he served as publicity manager and where he met an early idol, Ernest Hemingway.
These days he spends his time on his newspaper column, reinventing himself as a playwright (a new discipline for him), and playing the Chinese gong for the Green Street Mortuary Marching Band (an activity he got into while researching a magazine story). He’s married, has two sons and a daughter and lives on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill.
Photo: Fred Lyon