Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of its newest local interest book, Hannibal: A Walk Through History, by Dea Hoover.

Immortalized by the writing of its most famous resident, Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, Hannibal is known around the world as much for its history as for the characters it birthed.

Take a guided walk through that history in America’s Hometown. Enjoy the opportunity to trace the paths of the childhood adventures that Mark Twain shared through the stories of Tom and Huck, or follow the path of the Women of Hannibal or seek a bit more adventure with the Cave, Chaos and Cemeteries Path. Readers can use this new book to carve out their own adventure.

Local author and tour director Dea Hoover deftly guides readers around her birthplace like an old friend. Her carefully planned walks will inspire visitors to explore life along the Mississippi and create memories that last a lifetime.

Hannibal: A Walk Through History is available wherever books are sold.


Hannibal: A Walk Through History, by Dea Hoover,

ISBN: 9781681063249

softcover, 8.5 x 11

48 pages



As a veteran tour director, Hannibal-born Dea Hoover is accustomed to hearing the familiar mantra, “Are We There Yet?” – thus the name of her full-service tour operation in the city of St. Louis. In 2008, Are We There Yet?, LLC expanded its operations with the acquisition of St. Louis’ first local receptive tour operation Discover St. Louis, LLC, founded in 1975.

She is the best-selling author of STL Scavenger: The Ultimate Guide to St. Louis’s Hidden Treasures (Reedy Press). Dea grew up in the Firestone tire and GE appliance store in Vandalia, Missouri that her mother still owns and operates. After moving to St. Louis to attend Washington University, Dea cut her teeth in retail at Famous-Barr, sold cars at Saturn of South County and then found her true calling as a natural-born storyteller in the guise of a tour guide. Her father foretold her future of public speaking when he enrolled her in a Dale Carnegie course at the age of 16. With her experiences as a 4-Her and as a first generation college graduate, she had the cards in her hand that she could play at different times in her adult life to find fulfillment and happiness.

Currently residing in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis with her husband Declan, they own and operate their tour companies from their home. For leisure, Dea plays weekly in a league at the Italia-America Bocce Club. She is a voracious reader attending two Book Clubs and participating in all events to do with history and even leading some. Her favorite pastime is visiting with family and friends and basking in the glow of conversation. In this age of email and texting, Hoover remains a phone talker. 

The Hannibal Lighthouse

Scheduled Events for Hannibal: A Walk Through History

Presentation and Book Signing
Tuesday, July 26 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Washington Public Library
410 Lafayette St
Washington, MO 63090
(636) 390-1070
Free and open to the public

Presentation and Book Launch
Wed, July 27 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Oliva on The Hill
4915 Daggett Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 899-6271
Free and open to the public

Presentation and Book Signing
Saturday, September 17 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Hannibal Public Library
200 S 5th St
Hannibal, MO 63401
(573) 221-0222
Free and open to the public

Presentation and Book Signing
Sunday, September 18 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Van-Far R1 High School
2200 US-54
Vandalia, MO 63382
(573) 594-6442
Open to the public (ticketed, admission fee)

Presentation and Book Signing
Thursday, September 22 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Audrain County-Mexico Public Library
305 W Jackson St
Mexico, MO 65265
(573) 581-4939
Free and open to the public

Presentation and Book Signing
Friday, September 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Vandalia Public Library
312 S Main St
Vandalia, MO 63382
(937) 463-2665
Free and open to the public

Mark Twain meets with childhood friend Laura Hawkins, the inspiration for Twain’s character, Becky Thatcher
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