A Night at the Library

Earlier this week (Monday, Sept. 17) I shared an evening with more than 100 fellow Germanophiles at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. I did about 30 minutes of readings and then took another 30 minutes of questions from people who really knew their stuff.

Then it was back to the signing table, where I autographed 28 copies of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans. Two people followed me to the parking lot so they could buy copies of my first book, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side I kept in my car.

It was my idea of fun, and made all those long slogging months of writing worthwhile. The best part of all was the program called me a “historian.” That’s an honor. How about that, Bob?

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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