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Reedy Press is a book publisher that specializes in local interest titles for the trade market AND custom and commemorative titles for schools, communities, and cultural institutions.

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New Releases

What's With St. Louis?
St. Louis Splendor features beautifully rendered scenes of beloved places that fill the Gateway City. Working from photographs to produce intricate line drawings, local artist Jo Ann Kargus presents visual gems like the Fox Theatre, City Museum, and the Faust Park Carousel. She also takes us through areas that resonate with St. Louisans like Cherokee Street, the Loop, and the Hill. Encounter places and sites we all know and love—from historical landmarks to icons of culture to famous hangouts—in this delightful, illustrated tour of our splendid city.

Author Bio: 
Jo Ann Kargus has been a commercial artist/illustrator in St. Louis for over 32 years, but she has drawn her whole life. For her clients, her work ranges from quick marker sketches to photo realistic renderings. She has also painted commissioned portraits and murals that are on display throughout the city. “I have always been thankful that I have been able to make a living as an artist.” 

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The Colorful Characters of St. Louis
To sell more furniture for Schweig Engel, Mike Stein made crazy TV commercials. To protest racial inequality in the construction of the Gateway Arch, Percy Green and a friend climbed a ladder 125 feet up the side of the unfinished monument. When a German immigrant bought a local baseball team, he used a scantily clad band and a Wild West Show to draw fans.
Welcome to a world of mavericks, outcasts, innovators, eccentrics, and other unforgettables who defy convention. This book highlights the people who’ve worked overtime to make sure that St. Louis could never be boring. 
Author Bio:
Jim Merkel is a longtime St. Louis journalist and the author of three books about St. Louis— Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German Americans in St. Louis; and The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built The Gateway Arch. He and his wife Lorraine live in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of South St. Louis.

Events & Updates

Speaking Engagement

Join Valerie Battle Kienzle, author of What's with St. Louis?, for a speaking engagement at the Egg & I Restaurant, 11692 Manchester Rd., from 7-8AM as a part of the Des Peres Rotary Club. 

— January 19, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Join Ann Smith and Allison Symonds, authors of 100 Things to Do in Portland Before You Die, for a speaking engagement at Willow Creek, 241 SW Edgeway Dr., Beverton OR, from 4-7 p.m.

— January 23, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Join Irene Levy Baker, author of 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die, for a speaking engagement at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Holmesburg Branch, 7801 Frankford Ave., at 6:30PM. 

— January 25, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Join author Rick Pender, author of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die, and other local authors for a discussion panel at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 2711 Clifton Ave., from 6-8PM. Books will be available for purchase after the panel. 

— January 25, 2017

Author Event

Join Irene Levy Baker, author of 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die, for an event at the Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., at 6:30PM.

— January 25, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Join Beth Geisler, author of 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die, for a speaking engagement at Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., at 7PM. UPDATE: This event is full and has a waitlist. 

— January 26, 2017

Penny Zimmerman-Wills book signing

Penny Zimmerman-Wills will be signing copies of 100 Things to Do in Springfield Before You Die at Sunday Midwest Bazaar (Orr Building, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL) 9:00am-4:00pm

— February 5, 2017

Book Signing

Join Valerie Battle Kienzle, author of What's with St. Louis?, for a book signing at Costco, 301 Highlands Blvd. Dr., from 11AM-1PM. 

— February 11, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Join Elizabeth Terry, John Wright, and Patrick McCarthy (Ethnic St. Louis) for a speaking engagement at The Timbers-Eureka Recreation Center, 1 Coffey Park Lane, at 7 p.m.

— February 16, 2017

Author Event and Book Signing

Join Jo Ann Kargus, illustrator of St. Louis Splendor, for a book signing, coloring demo, and question-and-answer session at Cliff Cave Library--5430 Telegraph Rd.--from 6:30-7:30PM. Books will be available for purchase at the event. 

— February 16, 2017

Book Signing

Join Valerie Battle Kienzle, author of What's with St. Louis?, for a book signing at Costco, 200 St. Peters Way, from 10:30AM-12:30PM.

— February 18, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Join Chip McCabe, author of 100 Things to Do in Hartford Before You Die, for a speaking engagement at Firehouse Subs, 2520 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. This event is a biweekly meeting of business owners and Entrepreneurs, hosted by the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce.

— February 22, 2017

Book Signing

Join Alison Carpenter Davis, author of Letters Home from Stanford, for a book signing as part of the Parents' Club of Stanford University at Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., from 8:30AM-4PM. 

— February 24, 2017

Book Signing

Join Alison Carpenter Davis, author of Letters Home from Stanford, for a book signing as part of the Parents' Club of Stanford University at Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., from 9:30AM-2PM. 

— February 25, 2017

Radio Interview

Tune into KNBR 1050 AM for an interview between Stanford basketball analyst John Platz and Alison Carpenter Davis, author of Letters Home from Stanford, at the halftime of the 1PM Stanford basketball game.

— February 25, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Join Valerie Battle Kienzle, author of What's with St. Louis?, for a speaking engagement at the Wednesday Club of St. Louis, 12589 Ladue Rd., at 11AM. 

— March 8, 2017

Book Signing

Join Valerie Battle Kienzle, author of What's with St. Louis?, for a book singing at the Buder Branch of Saint Louis Public Library, 4401 Hampton Ave., from 6:30PM-8PM.

— April 13, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Join Valerie Battle Kienzle, author of What's with St. Louis?, for a speaking engagement at Wildwood Historical Society, 18750 Hwy. 100, at 7PM. 

— April 18, 2017

Author Event

Join Alison Carpenter Davis, author of Letters Home from Stanford, for a panel event as part of the 14th annual
"A Company of Authors" at the Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., from 1-5PM.

— April 22, 2017

Author Event

Join Valerie Battle Kienzle, author of What's with St. Louis?, and more local authors for an event at St. Louis Public Library's Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid, from 2-5PM as a part of the Author Shout Out program. 

— April 22, 2017

Author Event

Join Alison Carpenter Davis, author of Letters Home from Stanford, and the Stanford Alum Association of Orange County Breakfast Group for an event at Coco's Bakery Restaurant, 2750 Harbor Blvd., from 7:30-8:45AM. 

— May 3, 2017