A Night at the Library — May 20, 2015

by admin on May 21, 2015


The Original Buder Branch

It’s been a long time since I’ve been back to the old neighborhood. My dad’s old neighborhood, that is. He grew up in a Hansel-and-Gretel house in St. Louis Hills, an area of south St. Louis that looks much like it did when I visited as a child.

Tonight, I have the pleasure of speaking at my dad’s old library. More than seventy years ago, the Buder Branch of the  St. Louis Public Library was the neighborhood library. Unlike my dad’s childhood home, the library has changed a lot over the years. I never went there as a child. My mom’s mom was my go-to-the-library grandma. My dad’s mom liked to go shopping, out to lunch, or to visit friends — most of whom, being German, owned at least one plump Dachshund.

I’ll be at the Buder Branch on Hampton from 7-8 p.m. for a presentation, then signing copies of my newest book, WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY?. While I’m there, I’ll probably cruise by my dad’s old house on Itaska, and maybe get some frozen custard at Ted Drewes Custard. Forget “maybe.” It’s pretty much a given. After all, it has been a long time since I’ve been in the neighborhood. I’d love to see you there!


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