Diane Wege – Illustrator
A Day With Bonefish Joe
Diana Wege is an artist. She has painted in all fifty states and in 2000 she published Land America Leaves Wild, a book of her paintings of 23 of those states. This is her first children’s book. Diane also grew up in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor and is a graduate of Greenhills School.
Harbour Island, only three miles long and half a mile wide, is one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas and is best known for its broad pink-sand beaches and for bonefishing, a compelling catch-and-release enterprise that pits a determined angler against an inedible, surprisingly powerful, and elusive quarry.
Young and fearless Flossie lives on Harbour Island and has a persistent dream is to go fishing with the legendary guide Bonefish Joe, a beloved island institution who picks up his wealthy clients at the dock and returns with them hours later, fishless but satisfied. One Sunday, after church, Flossie’s wish is surprisingly granted and she discovers the allure, the challenge, and the delights of hooking (and releasing) one of angling’s greatest prizes.
Diana Wege’s illustrations of the island, its inhabitants, its customs, and its architecture,bring this story alive, perfectly catching the characters, culture and charm of Harbour Island.