Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fundraiser Will Help Reedy Press 'Reboot' After Catastrophic Warehouse Fire

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 6:50 AM

A massive November 15 blaze destroyed Reedy Press' inventory. - DOYLE MURPHY
  • DOYLE MURPHY
  • A massive November 15 blaze destroyed Reedy Press' inventory.

Two weeks after a massive warehouse fire destroyed the inventory for Reedy Press — along with tens of thousands of citronella candles, toys collected by the Shriners and much, much more — the St. Louis publisher is getting ready to reboot.

Reedy is announcing a party, scheduled for Blueberry Hill on December 11, that will raise money to help it reprint the stock lost in the blaze. All proceeds will go to the effort.

The publisher estimates it lost 200,000 copies of its books in the November 15 fire, which consumed the warehouse in Botanical Heights where it rented space.


In business for fourteen years, Reedy has published 74 books about St. Louis or Missouri, including recent favorites such as the adult coloring book St. Louis Splendor, Lost Treasures of St. Louis and many, many tomes about local sports. Its new book about the city's hockey team, When the Blues Go Marching In, had just gotten an order from Amazon for 400 books at the time of the blaze, the Post-Dispatch reported.

The fundraiser is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., with authors "sharing tales of the city at 7 p.m." The $20 tickets include appetizers, entertainment and the chance to pre-order titles from the publisher.

"Come celebrate the rebirth of Reedy Press with us and help us come back stronger than ever," Reedy's invite for the party says.

For more details or for tickets, see its eventbrite page.

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