Time for an update

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My 2012 book, Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans was a stunning success, both among locals with a pinch or more of German blood in them and those around here who loved a good story. When the copies ran out, Reedy Press could have turned on the printing press to get more. Instead, we found new stories and updated the old, in a second edition called Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis.  Here is a story of a German immigrant who retired to his homeland just before World War I, a local rock band that plays current-day German pop songs and a German who is continuing the German beer brewing tradition of St. Louis. The book is a must.

I’ll be at two locations this weekend signing and selling the book for the first time.  From 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12, I’ll sign at the Ferguson Farmers Market, 20 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson. Then I’ll hop into my lederhosen and sell from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at the German Cultural Society’s Oktoberfest at 5020 West Four Ridge Road, House Springs.

You can also get a copy through Amazon or by sending a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel made out to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis.

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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