For once, the dentist gave me more than a toothbrush

dentistI went to the dentist today and wound up selling three copies of The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch. My dentist bought one, the hygienist bought another, and the lady who took my money bought a third.

I signed the dentist’s copy: “Here’s a book you can sink your teeth into.”

Meet the Authors

library This Saturday, Sept. 27, you can immerse yourself in the lives of eight  local authors – including myself – at the Third Annual Author Breakfast of the Carondelet  Branch of the St. Louis Public Library 6800 Michigan Avenue.

You can enjoy a light breakfast with Jennifer Adele, Laura Benedict, Heather Brewer, John Dalton, Irene Hannon, Judy Morosi, John F.D. Taff, and myself. I’m honored the library included me in their list.  Check-in is at 9:15 a.m, and the event starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. Each author will spend 15 minutes chatting at each table.

It should be great, but you gotta register. No exceptions. Call 314-752-9224 to sign up.

Books will be available for purchase for all the authors, including myself.

Time to Celebrate

Back in 2010, I struck a chord with his book Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side. “If a transplant wants to understand the South Side, he or she should read Merkel’s book,” wrote Bill McClellan of the Post-Dispatch. A second edition is due out in October, with new chapters about Globe Drug, the day Carondelet almost blew up, and a host of other stories about the people, places, and events that made the South Side the place it is. We’ll celebrate with a party marking the release from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 19. The first hour, I and others Hoosiers 2nd Edition Cover_8 22 14 -ain the book will talk about what makes the South Side the South Side. We’ll see you there.