Jim Merkel


Jim Merkel grew up in Des Peres and Webster Groves and has been a journalist in the St. Louis area for three decades. His previous books for Reedy Press were Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built The Gateway Arch; and The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. He lives in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of St. Louis with his wife, Lorraine.


STL author Jim Merkel, after waiting about 18 months, will finally get to throw his long-planned party for his latest book, Growing Up St. Louis.

Some author events this fall are expected to be in person. But the majority of book-related talks are still virtual, which has advantages and disadvantages. Would you rather look an author in the eye as she signs your book, or

Just in time for Missouri’s bicentennial on Aug. 10, a quartet of recently published books highlights the wonders of the 24th U.S. state’s landmarks and history. Explore the Show-Me State with these fun, fascinating new reads.

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