9/12/2012 Listening to Ramona, With Three Days to Go

Today, I’m taking some advice from my coworker Ramona Sanders. She’s alway coming up with good ideas for my posts. Today she told me I should let people know what’s going on at the release-signing party for my book, Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Gretchen’s Inn at the Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. That way, people won’t think they’ll sit around doing nothing.

At 2:15 p.m., there will be 15-minute program starting with a prayer by my pastor, Dr. Michael Peters, followed by remarks by Lansing Hecker, honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany to the St. Louis area. Then I’ll welcome everyone and acknowledge people who were particularly helpful in the writing of the book. I’ll note that guests are wearing two types of name tags, one for those who helped with the book and one for others. I’ll encourage them to talk to those who were involved with the book, so they can discover their roles. They won’t lack for conversation.

I’ll do readings from 3:15-3:30 p.m. I won’t choose the most important vignettes in my book, but my favorite ones. Then at 4 p.m., Frau Kelly Stout will tell German jokes. Prepare for some laughs.

What else? Oh yes. You can buy the book there for $21.50, tax included, and I’ll sign it with a German inscription.

Wir sehen uns dort!


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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