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Just in time for the holidays – a chance to meet local authors


Local authors Amanda E. Doyle, Cameron Collins, West Newsmagazine reporter Suzanne Corbett, Jo Ann Kargus, Dan O’Neill and Ed Wheatley will be signing books at the Reedy Press Holiday Author Tour on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 1-3 p.m. in the lobby of the Anheuser-Busch Main Tour Center, 1200 Lynch St., St. Louis, MO 63118.

The event is free and open to the public.

The St. Louis bucket list has an official handbook! In this second edition of the best-selling guide, 100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die, authored by Amanda Doyle, you’ll find 100 purely local ways to connect to the city, from holding your breath during the high-wire act at Circus Flora to finding the story of our town’s earliest days among the headstones at local cemeteries. Authentic experiences from the iconic to the little-known await in this candid insider’s guide to St. Louis. Make planning even easier with seasonal and themed itinerary suggestions for many interests: you’ll be turning your “must dos” into “dones” in no time! Perfect for residents and out-of-towners alike, 100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die is the original volume that launched a nationwide series…check out your other favorite cities after you’ve explored STL!

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The Missouri Almanac 2018-19, co-authored by Carolyn Mueller Kelly, John Brown, Traci Angel and Andrea Sumy, is a hardbound, colorful new guidebook that features hundreds of images, stories and fun facts about the Show Me State. All things Missouri abound in this almanac including famous Missourians from Maya Angelou to Walt Disney, native wildlife from bald eagles to bobcats, insight on noteworthy places from the haunted to the historical, amazing inventions and innovations, thrilling excursions and outdoor adventures, plus interesting and bizarre facts. For example, did you know that Missouri once hosted the Olympics? Or that the state record for the lowest temperature is -40 degrees? Or that famous folk like Daniel Boone, George Washington Carver, Langston Hughes, Sam Walton, Brad Pitt, and Sheryl Crow once called Missouri home?

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A kaleidoscope of bygone places, events, and items once identified with the Gateway City, Lost Treasures of Saint Louis, authored by Cameron Collins, recaptures the essence of cherished times that still resonate with St. Louisans. Lost Treasures celebrates dancing to Ike and Tina at the Club Imperial, Bowling for Dollars at the Arena, taking in movies at Ronnie’s Drive-In, and myriad other pastimes enjoyed through the years. Rarely seen photos and artifacts revive eateries like Miss Hulling’s Cafeteria and the Crystal Palace, entertainment and sports attractions like the Goldenrod Showboat and Sportsman’s Park, retail stores like Famous-Barr and Scruggs, Vandervoot and Barney, community establishments like Cleveland High School and St. Bridget of Erin Church, and locally manufactured products like Mavrakos Candy and Falstaff Beer. Gone but not forgotten, all of the subjects featured elicit nostalgia and also reveal how the past has shaped our city.

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Cover of “Unique Eats & Eateries of St. Louis,” by Suzanne Corbett

Unique Eats & Eateries of St. Louis, authored by West Newsmagazine’s Suzanne Corbett, serves as a guide to St. Louis’ virtual smorgasbord of eats. Featuring 99 favorite picks that fill the plate and grocery cart with foods both classic to trendy to regional restaurants, producers and products. Divided into sections such as Plates with a Past, Hot Hearths/Cool Creams and Global Grub, Unique Eats & Eateries of St. Louis looks at the story behind each eat or eatery via vignette overviews covering the plates, places, history or people beyond a menu. A quick reference guide gourmands, foodies and the culinary curious will want to digest before heading out to gobble up St. Louis.

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Cardinals Splendor is an intricate coloring book, featuring beautifully rendered images of beloved events, places, and players of the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team. Drawing by hand to produce detailed line drawings, St. Louis artist Jo Ann Kargus (a lifetime Cardinal fan) takes us through the celebrated history of the team. Enjoy World Series victories, celebrated players, and iconic images dear to every Cardinal fan. Encounter places and people we all know and love—from Sportsmans Park to the famous “Go Crazy Folks” Ozzie Smith—in this delightful, illustrated tour of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Route 66: An Adult Coloring Book features beautifully rendered scenes of beloved places along this iconic highway. Working from photographs to produce intricate line drawings, St. Louis artist Jo Ann Kargus takes us from Illinois to California. Explore visual gems like Coral Courts and the Rainbow Curve Bridge in the midwest, Cadillac Ranch and the Wigwam Motel in the southwest, and end your journey in California at the Santa Monica Pier. 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 the Mother Road.

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St. Louis Splendor: An Adult Coloring Book 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.

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Sports columnist Dan O’Neill presents the story of the St. Louis Blues—from the humble beginnings and early expansion-team nights, though dramatic ups and downs, through the on-going quest to capture an elusive Stanley Cup Championship. Through stories and photos, When the Blues Go Marching In captures the magic—the color, the characters, and the excitement. This hardcover coffee table book features hundreds of rich and rare photographs of this famous team, and makes a wonderful gift for any St. Louis sports fanatics or hockey fans across the country!

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Filled with unique and colorful stories and illustrated by exquisite photographs, St. Louis Browns: The Story of a Beloved Team, co-authored by Bill Borst, Bill Rogers and Ed Wheatley, is destined to become the definitive source for the team’s splendid history: the good, the bad and the ugly. At the core of the St. Louis Browns’ story is the ever-present competition on and off the baseball field with the St. Louis Cardinals—a team with whom they not only shared a city and fans, but also a stadium. It was a battle for more than pennants. It was a battle for survival and baseball loyalty. Could they run the Cardinals out of town and become St. Louis’s sole baseball team? There were the good times when the Browns fielded some of the greatest players in major league history, regularly challenging the mighty Yankees for the American League Pennant in the 1920s. But there were also bad times. The team’s lack of success was often impacted by poor financing, bad business decisions, and the need to trade good players to stay afloat. The Browns’ story was always a story of what could have been.

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