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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

Author Event

Join Irene Levy Baker, author of 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before you Die, for an event at Barnes & Noble, Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut St., at
1 p.m.

— December 10, 2016

Judy Colbert (100...Baltimore) book signing at Odenton Library

Join author Judy Colbert (100 Things to Do in Baltimore Before You Die) for a 2pm book signing at Odenton Library, 

1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton, Maryland 21113, (410) 222-6277 

— December 10, 2016

Book Signing

Join Penny Zimmerman-Wills, author of 100 Things to Do in Springfield Before You Die, for a book signing at Sunday Midwest Holiday Bazaar, Orr Building, State Fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— December 11, 2016

Jim Merkel at the Missouri History Museum

Join author Jim Merkel (The Colorful Characters of St. Louis) at the Missouri History Museum on December 11th from 2:30-3:30.

— December 11, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Join Lydia Kremer, author of 100 Things to Do in Palm Springs Before You Die, for a speaking engagement at the Indian Wells Rotary Club (Vue Grille), 44500 Indian Wells Ln. from 11:45AM-1PM. 

— December 12, 2016

Author Event

Join Irene Levy Baker, author of 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die, for an event at the Center City Residents Association and Greenfield Home and School Association at Greenfield School, 2200 Chestnut St., at 6:30PM.

— December 12, 2016

TV Interview

Tune into KENS Channel 5 (CBS) at 12:30PM for an interview with Denise Richter, author of 100 Things to Do in San Antonio Before You Die

— December 12, 2016

Book Signing

Join Beth D'Addono, author of 100 Things to Do in New Orleans Before You Die, for a book signing and single-book raffle at Bourbon O Bar, 730 Bourbon St., New Orleans, from 5:30-7:30PM. 

— December 13, 2016

Book Signing

Join Penny Zimmerman-Wills, author of 100 Things to Do in Springfield Before You Die, for a book signing at Urban Sassafras, 104 N. 6th St., from 5 to 8 p.m.

— December 14, 2016

Judy Colbert at Anne Arundel County Public Library

Author Judy Colbert (100 Things to Do in Baltimore Before You Die) will be speaking and signing copies of her book at the Anne Arundel County Public Library, Broadneck Branch, 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis, MD. 7pm

— December 14, 2016

Book Signing

Join Molly Page, author of 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die, for a book signing at Barbara's Bookstore in Willis Tower, 223 S. Wacker Dr., from 11:30AM-1:00PM.

— December 14, 2016

Book Signing

Join Mark S. Allen, author of 100 Things to Do in Sacramento Before You Die, for a book signing at Stage Nine Entertainment, located along the historic waterfront in Old Sacramento at 102 K St., from 7PM-9PM. 

— December 15, 2016

Book Signing

Join Beth D'Addono, author of 100 Things to Do in New Orleans Before You Die, for a book signing before a Christmas concert at the Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall, 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville, from 5:30-6:30PM. 

— December 16, 2016

Author Event and Book Signing

Join Jo Ann Kargus, illustrator of St. Louis Splendor, for an event at The Service Bureau Fine Stationary and Gifts--9773 Clayton Rd.--from noon to 2:00PM. 

— December 16, 2016

TV Interview

Join Molly Page, author of 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die, for an interview on WGN TV Chicago at 11:25AM.

— December 16, 2016

Book Signing

Join Judy Colbert, author of 100 Things to Do in Baltimore Before You Die, for a book signing at 269 Hillsmere Dr., at 2 p.m.

— December 17, 2016

Book Signing

Join Judy Colbert, author of 100 Things to Do in Baltimore Before You Die, for a book signing at Glen Burnie Regional library, 1010 Eastway, at 7 p.m.

— December 17, 2016

Book Signing

Join Molly Page, author of 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die, for a book signing at Wicker Park Secret Agent Supplu Co., 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave., from 12PM-2PM. 

— December 17, 2016

Book Signing

Join Bob Tiemann and Ron Jacober, authors of Immortal Moments in Cardinals History, for a book signing at Barnes and Noble in West County Mall, 80 West County Center Dr., from noon to 4PM.

— December 17, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Join Jim Merkel, author of The Colorful Characters of St. Louis, for a speaking engagement at Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd.

— December 18, 2016

Author Event

Join Jo Ann Kargus, author of St. Louis Splendor, for a book signing and coloring party at the Grants View Library, 9700 Musick Road St. Louis, MO 63123, at 6:30 PM.  

— December 19, 2016

Speaking Engagement and Book Signing

Join Elizabeth Terry, Dr. John Wright, and Patrick McCarthy, authors of Ethnic St. Louis, for a speaking engagement and book signing at St. Louis Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Rd., at 12PM. 

— December 21, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Join Irene Levy Baker, author of 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die, for a speaking engagement at Center City Proprietors Association, 1735 Market St., on the 52nd Floor, from 6-8 p.m. 

— January 12, 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

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

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 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 the authors of Ethnic St. Louis for a talk and book signing at Wildwood Historical Society, at 7:00.

— April 19, 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 the authors of Ethnic St. Louis for a speaking engagement and book selling at Affton Historical Society, at 1:30 p.m.

— April 24, 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