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Local author Amanda Doyle (right) signs a copy of one of her books for Charlie Wunderlich, age 8, at the Missouri Athletic Club after the STL Storytelling Live event Aug. 29.
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The legacy of George B. Vashon. The history of the St. Louis Browns. The special moments that took place at the Top of the Tower. A handful of local authors and historians revisited all of this and more during last week’s STL Storytelling Live event at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis.

Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air featured highlights from the evening, with stories running the gamut from the humorous, to the surprising, to the hopeful. The storytellers included Bill Clevlen, Carol Shepley, Amanda Doyle, Ed Wheatley, Calvin Riley and Cameron Collins.

The event was sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio, Reedy Press and the Missouri Athletic Club.

Reedy Press

St. Louis has produced a wealth of influential musicians working in every genre under the sun, from hip-hop to Americana.

Authors Amanda E. Doyle and Steve Pick capture many of the sights and sounds of this history in their new book “St. Louis Sound: An Illustrated Timeline,” published by St. Louis-based Reedy Press.

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The owners of Reedy Press are fighting to recover from a Nov. 15 fire that gutted the warehouse containing all the publisher’s printed books.

An estimated 200,000 books burned, nearly all the unsold copies. The publisher is coordinating with dozens of authors to reprint the books.

“The misery of this — if you want to go that far — is having to do everything over again,” Co-owner and Publisher Josh Stevens said. “I’ve spent the last few weeks looking for a more permanent warehouse, buying warehouse equipment that I already bought once upon a time. I joke to people that it’s like groundhog day.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 28, 2009 - St. Louis has a substantial literary history, and there’s no point making a laundry list of the greats the Mound City has produced or accommodated.

However, for the record, let’s just say that if you can mention conversationally that T.S. Eliot and Howard Nemerov and Sara Teasdale and Kate Chopin and Tennessee Williams all lived here at one time or another, that qualifies us for a nice big boldfaced sign directing literary pilgrims to our hometown.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 21, 2009 - Robert Ellis' book describing Saddam Hussein's imprisonment before his execution may make some readers cringe, but not because he was treated badly.

From Camp Cropper, where the Iraqi dictator was held before his execution, Master Sgt. Ellis, an Army nurse, provides a personal account of his daily encounters with Saddam as he monitored his health and well-being. From nearly every angle that Ellis provides, readers learn that Saddam's captors treated him humanely and respectfully. The cringe factor comes from Ellis himself.