The books are in, and they look great

Copies of Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades came into the Reedy Press warehouse on March 26, 2020,. That’s 1,159 days (three years, two months and four days after I turned in a proposal to Reedy Press Publisher Josh Stevens. It wast worth waiting for. It’s not going to take you thatContinue reading “The books are in, and they look great”

How will they look back at the virus?

I wonder what kids today will remember about COVID-19 half a century from now. From what I discovered in writing Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades, their memories should be vivid and fairly accurate. I interviewed a couple of experts about remembering things, and they talked about something called “flashbulb memory.” PeopleContinue reading “How will they look back at the virus?”

‘Growing Up St. Louis’ is almost here

After more than three years’ work, Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades  will be out in a month. Officially, the release date is April 1. Unofficially, I’ve been told, it may show up at bookstores a week or two early. I think you’ll like how the snippets of my interviews of moreContinue reading “‘Growing Up St. Louis’ is almost here”

Sizzling Writing in Growing Up St. Louis

All but seven of the stories in Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades came from interviews. The seven that didn’t were from written accounts of the first two decades of the 20th Century. We did that because we wanted to include kids right after 1900, and nobody’s around anymore who remembers thatContinue reading “Sizzling Writing in Growing Up St. Louis”

Steve Potter named to emcee “Growing Up St. Louis” Launch

  Some exciting stuff is ahead, as we move toward the launch event for Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades.  Steve Potter, a veteran of the local broadcasting scene, will host the launch event at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11 in the auditorium of the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library atContinue reading “Steve Potter named to emcee “Growing Up St. Louis” Launch”

A final cover means we’re ready to go

This is exciting stuff. We finally have a cover for our book, and what a cover it is. At the top is a colorized version of a splendid late 1940s-era black and white picture given to us by Cora Katzen (center). Cora’s a charming and funny woman who shared her stories for Growing Up St.Continue reading “A final cover means we’re ready to go”

Hold That Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020

That’s when the St. Louis Public Library – Central Library – will host the launch event for my book, Growing Up St. Louis. Don’t miss it. It’ll start at 1 p.m. and definitely be worth your time. If you can’t make it, Growing Up will be in bookstores and online starting a little before AprilContinue reading “Hold That Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020”