St. Louis has a large Bosnian immigrant population and it’s all highlighted in a new book

A new book on the Bosnian population of St. Louis is expected to be released next week.

The Missouri Historical Society Press will publish “Bosnian St. Louis: Between Two Worlds” by Patrick McCarthy and Akif Cogo on Tuesday, November 1.

“Bosnian St. Louis: Between Two Worlds,” tells the story of resettled immigrants who settle down and reshape the image of their adopted city.

In the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina was the center of war and genocide that led to a mass exodus from the Balkan nation. Beginning in 1993, thousands of Bosnians found a welcoming new home in St. Louis, where today the Bosnian population exceeds 60,000.

Using first-hand accounts from members of the Bosnian community of St. Louis, Patrick McCarthy and Akif Cogo explore how global significance became the reality of the refugees who came to St. Louis and had a profound effect on the city since.

The book contains nearly 100 images and an introduction by renowned writer and Bosnian immigrant Aleksandar Hemon.

Upcoming author appearances:

  • Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum at 5700 Lindell Blvd.
  • Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library, Grant’s View Branch at 9700 Musick Rd.
  • Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at the St. Charles County Library, Middendorf-Krendell Branch at 2750 State Highway K, O’Fallon, Missouri

The books will be available for purchase at the Missouri History Museum shop;; through distributor, University of Chicago Press; Amazon; and in local bookstores.