Meet the Author: Professor Emeritus Don Corrigan Discusses his new book "Amazing Webster Groves: Six Square Miles of the American Dream"

America’s Heartbeat can be found in a St. Louis suburb that’s been a Time Magazine cover story, the subject of a CBS-TV documentary, and a magnet for pollsters at presidential election time.

In Amazing Webster Groves, you’ll discover Old Orchard, where prime real estate was sold out of President Ulysses S. Grant’s log cabin. You’ll find Webster Park, where a governor, a senator, and many of St. Louis business geniuses once lived.

Read the true tale of the Webster TV housewife who named her hubby “Fang,” the man whose election to be governor was held up when Democrats cried fraud, a zoologist who advocated for “charismatic megafauna,” an atomic age activist who collected 300,000 baby teeth for Strontium 90 detection, a female author who won a Pulitzer at 24. Learn about the town’s remarkable college and a famous seminary where theologians who advised presidents taught beneath its Oxford Tower.

Local author Don Corrigan, profiles the town he has been proud to cover for four decades as editor of the Webster-Kirkwood Times. A writer and journalism professor at Webster University, he was a teaching colleague of Missouri’s Poet Laureate and “the post-Auschwitz Catholic” professor who took on Holocaust deniers. As a reporter/editor, he interviewed TV and theatre stars like Phyllis Diller, Charlotte Peters, and Martha Mason, the “Goodbye Girl.”


Book Launch

Saturday, May 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Webster Groves Bookshop

27 N Gore Avenue

Webster Groves, MO 63119


Free and open to the public


Coffee Chats & Book Signing

May 16 thru May 20, Weekdays TBA - 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Webster Garden Café (Outdoor Patio)

117 E. Lockwood Ave.

Saint Louis, MO 63119


Coffee encouraged, open to the public


Remarks and Book Signing

Thursday, May 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Novel Neighbor

7905 Big Bend Blvd.

Saint Louis, MO 63119


Free and open to the public


Book Launch

Friday, May 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Webster Groves Public Library

301 E. Lockwood Ave.

Saint Louis, MO 63119


Free and open to the public


Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, June 9, from noon to 1 p.m.

Shepherd’s Center

1320 W. Lockwood Ave.

Saint Louis, MO 63122


Free and open to the public

Thursday, June 9 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location varies - see above

Event Type

Academic, Lectures, School of Communications


School of Communications


book, community, history, literature

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