Friday, December 6, 2013

New St. Louis Walk of Fame Book Released 
Book Signing Event December 10 at the Moonrise Hotel

St. Louis -- A new, four-color book titled, "St. Louis Walk of Fame: 140 Great St. Louisans," is being released in time for the 2013 holiday season. 

The 176-page, hard-cover publication spotlights 140 great people who have made significant contributions in shaping the culture of St. Louis, the nation and, in many cases, the world.  These individuals have been honored with a star and biographic plaque on the non-profit St. Louis Walk of Fame, which is located on the sidewalks along Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis' Loop neighborhood.

The author, Joe Edwards, will host the first book-signing event for the new publication on December 10 from 6 to 7 p.m.  The signing will be in the Satellite Room of the Moonrise Hotel in the Loop, 6177 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112. Books will be available for purchase on site.

Joe Edwards
The new book includes honorees from fifteen fields of endeavor including acting and entertainment, broadcasting, statesmanship, aviation, civil rights, exploration, politics, journalism, literature, music, science and education, city founders, disability rights, military and even the U.S. presidency.  To be considered for the Walk of Fame, inductees must have been born in the St. Louis region or spent their formative or creative years in the metropolitan area.  Their accomplishments must have had a national impact on our country's cultural heritage.
The St. Louis Walk of Fame is donating copies to all junior high and high school libraries throughout the greater St. Louis region in Missouri and Illinois, in keeping with its mission of promoting knowledge, education, career inspiration and community pride.

World-renowned figures whose images and biographies appear in the publication include a diverse group of individuals, including musician Chuck Berry, aviator Charles Lindbergh, freedom-seekers Dred and Harriet Scott, President Ulysses S. Grant, athlete Jackie Joyner- Kersee, poet Maya Angelou, researchers Masters & Johnson, and actress Betty Grable.                                                                   

The book project was spearheaded by the non-profit St. Louis Walk of Fame organization, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. The group's mission is to encourage pride in the community, career inspiration in individuals, and knowledge and awareness of the contributions St. Louisans have made to our national culture.  A book about the Walk of Fame was last published in 2001 with information on just 90 inductees available at that time.

"This book lets people know what an amazing influence St. Louis has had
on our national culture - possibly more than just about any other city in America," said Joe Edwards, founder of the St. Louis Walk of Fame. "It's clear that America's two great migrations - from south to north and east to west - collided right here in an explosion of creativity unlike any other national crossroads." 

The new book explains the St. Louis Walk of Fame nomination and selection processes and showcases fascinating full-color photographs of the induction ceremonies over the past 25 years.  Tables of information list the Walk of Fame honorees by field of achievement, birth date, location of Walk of Fame stars in the sidewalk by both street number and inductee name, and the dates of ceremonies with acceptors. Full-color regional and street maps offer a helpful guide to the The Loop's Walk of Fame area.

"St. Louis Walk of Fame: 140 Great St. Louisans" is available in The Loop at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar; the Moonrise Hotel gift shop, 6177 Delmar; and Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar. The book is also stocked in bookstores and gift shops throughout St. Louis, including Barnes & Noble locations, the Missouri History Museum book store, Christopher's in Kirkwood, Nagel's in North St. Louis County, Webster Books in Webster Groves, World News in Clayton, Best of St. Louis in South St. Louis County and the book store at Washington University.  The book is available online at and

"St. Louis Walk of Fame: 140 Great St. Louisans" is $25 per copy with proceeds going to the non-profit St. Louis Walk of Fame organization.

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