There’s just a dozen days until my release-signing party from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Al Smith’s Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd. in St. Louis. Besides being fun, it’s by far the best way to get a copy of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans personally inscribed by me. But if that’s not possible, my website, stlouisgermans.com, has a schedule of events when I’ll be signing. Failing that, you can send a check for $24 (including tax and postage) made out to Jim Merkel to: Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, Mo. 63116. Tell me how you want it inscribed.