The Last Nap Before the Books Arrive

nap1Everybody naps, but nobody naps like I nap. I train for them like Michael Phelps trains for his gold medal swims. I take marathon naps. This weekend, sad to say, I’m taking my last good naps for a long time. I’ll have my first media interview about my new book, The Colorful Characters of St. Louis, on Wednesday. The books arrive at the warehouse on Thursday.  From then until after Christmas, everything’s a blur.


The big event early on will be my fun-filled release party, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 2 at the Royale, 3132 South Kingshighway. Or did I mention that already? It’ll be a great chance to buy a book and have me sign it, greet some Colorful Characters I wrote about and get some great food and drink from Colorful Character and Royale owner Steven Fitzpatrick Smith. If you miss it, check the page on my website about where I’ll be. But first, get in your nap time.



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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