Don Corrigan, professor of journalism and mass communications at Webster University, will be in Washington, D.C., April 18, for the debut of his new book, “Nuts About Squirrels: The Rodents Who Captured Popular Culture.” The squirrel offering will be hosted by McFarland Publishing at the annual convention of the Popular Culture Association.
Corrigan’s nutty squirrel squib covers how the furry critters are portrayed in books, newspapers, TV news, movies, comics, video games and more. Corrigan uses squirrels in his media courses to illustrate the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, the late media guru who once taught at St. Louis University. Corrigan will start his St. Louis book tour at Webster and Kirkwood public libraries at 7 p.m. on April 30 & May 7, followed by more signings in the St. Charles County and Jefferson County library systems.
In Washington, D.C., Corrigan will take time out from giving a paper presentation and signing books to attend the Popular Culture Association’s keynote speaker presentation by Doug Jones, the “Amphibian Man” in Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award 2017 Best Picture THE SHAPE OF WATER. Corrigan says he does have a book in the works that may include amphibians, but for now his time is focused on the critters sometimes referred to as chicken of the trees.