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Earthbound Beer on Cherokee Street hosted a release party for "The St. Louis Anthology" last Friday. The volume's editor, Ryan Schuessler poses for a picture with Vivian Gibson (at right), whose story "Sun Up to Sundown" is one of nearly 70 pieces in the
Belt Publishing & Ryan Schuessler

Poems about St. Louis’ vibrant Bosnian community. A story of racial segregation in 1907 St. Louis that still resonates. An ode to Imo’s. These are just a few of the nearly 70 locally focused writings that fill “The St. Louis Anthology,” a newly released 240-page book spearheaded by St. Louis native Ryan Schuessler.

“My two biggest goals when putting this together were to have the volume be as diverse and representative as possible,” Schuessler, the editor, has said, “and to have as many first-person narratives [and] takes as possible – as in, having people write about their own experiences, even if they're not writers.”

Described on its back cover as “a love letter to those moments and people … that are so St. Louis,” the anthology “dares to confront the city’s nostalgia and its trauma,” all while celebrating the people who live there.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 17, 2012 - Clayton is known today for its quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods of architecturally splendid homes that co-exist with a bustling business district dotted with towering skyscrapers. The seat of St. Louis County has, indeed, come a long way from the scruffy place that incorporated as a city 100 years ago.

The story of how Clayton took that big step forward in 1913 is related in "Clayton, Missouri: An Urban Story” ($35 Reedy Press), a book that will be released this fall, just in time for the city’s centennial bash in 2013.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 15, 2012 - If you’ve ever wondered whether Ozzy really bit the head off of a bat, why certain stars insist on no brown M&Ms or whether Kurt Cobain’s death was murder or suicide, Dan Durchholz and Gary Graff have the answers – or at least a lot of fuel for discussion – in “Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 25, 2012 -  It’s Memorial Day weekend, the perfect time for a healthful walk through Francis Park in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.

Or, rest a spell and ponder the Mississippi River flowing by Bellerive Park in Carondelet -- or picnic under an artful gazebo at Tower Grove Park.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 18, 2012 - It’s a classic murder mystery set-up: A once-pristine lake is being choked by pollution, and the nearby business responsible for the polluting is planning an IPO and doesn’t need its boat to be rocked.

Then a top executive of the firm is murdered, and a range of possible suspects is quickly drawn up by a resourceful police detective who just happens to be visiting the area on vacation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 8, 2012 - The vitality of St. Louis’ contemporary poetry scene has been underscored once again with the awarding of the prestigious 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry to St. Louisan Carl Phillips for his most recent poet anthology, "Double Shadow." Phillips, a Washington University professor, joined 11 other winners during a ceremony on April 20 at the University of Southern California.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 10, 2012 - After writing five books on generally serious topics, former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., is trying her hand at humor. Titled “A Little Help from My Friends," the purple-covered book delves into the everyday situations – like buying a new tube of lipstick – that most people, especially women, deal with.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 27, 2012 - Americans recognize that many of the nation’s founders owned slaves, but author Anthony Sestric shows that this area's first families sometimes enslaved free people.

Sestric’s new book, “57 Years,” celebrates Missouri lawsuits that set people free — or at least tried to — in the period between the Louisiana Purchase and the Emancipation Proclamation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 20, 2012 - The first Bill Donius I knew was one that flickered on the television screen all across the region. You may recall having seen him: he played himself in commercials for Pulaski Bank, his family’s business, and the role he played, and his day job as well, was chairman and CEO of the bank. In both roles he exuded self-confidence, approachability and friendliness. He brought new customers to the bank through the successful ad campaign and was effective in bringing innovative ideas to the operation of the bank as well.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 13, 2012 - Lots of people work two jobs. Carolyn Ives Gilman just happens to have two very cool ones.

By day, she's a special projects historian at the Missouri History Museum specializing in 18th and early 19th century North America with an emphasis on frontier and Native Americans.

She is also an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 13, 2012 - St. Louisan Joe Schuster has stepped into the literary batter’s box and swung for the fences with his excitingly fresh debut, “The Might Have Been,” a novel that circles the bases of life in professional baseball.

Schuster, chair of the department of communications and journalism at Webster University, has written for The Riverfront Times and worked as an associate editor at St. Louis Magazine. He regularly contributes to Gameday, the St. Louis Cardinals magazine.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 7, 2012 - Sunday afternoon Kate Chopin will have a homecoming, of sorts.

Descendants of the 19th century St. Louis novelist and short story writer will unveil a bust of her at 2 p.m. at the northwest corner of McPherson and Euclid avenues in the city’s Central West End.