On Wednesday August 26 at 6:30 Stellina will sponsor another in our continuing series of Author’s Nights. Once again we feature a book whose topic carries a special meaning for the people of the area, particularly the citizens of Watertown and Cambridge.
Author’s Night will herald the release of “DEAD IN GOOD COMPANY”, a collection of essays and photographs that chronicle the long history of the Mount Auburn Cemetery, located on Mount Auburn Street in Watertown, Mass.
This book is a celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery, featuring essays, poems, and photos by some of the most emanate Boston personalities including Mayor Ray Flynn, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Megan Marshall, Sports Personality Upton Bell, Author William Martin, Lawyer Alan Dershowitz and many others.
In 1831 the Massachusetts Horticultural Society purchased 72 acres of mature woodland situated in Watertown and Cambridge for the creation of a “rural cemetery” and experimental garden. The public flocked to the new cemetery and Mount Auburn quickly became the model for the American “rural” cemetery movement.
Today Mount Auburn continues its historic dual role as a sacred site and pleasure ground, serving as both an active cemetery and a “museum” preserving nearly two centuries of changing attitudes about death and commemoration and changing tastes in architecture and landscape design. Recognized as one of the most significant designed landscapes in the country, Mount Auburn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003
“…This book whispers in some places, cries out in others; it draws you in with nuance and stuns you with resplendence. And throughout, it is a paean to the enduring treasure that is Mount Auburn. Dead in Good Company deserves a place on your bookshelf and in your heart.”
– Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 and The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War
Mount Auburn Cemetery is a study of art and nature in balance. Throughout its 175 acres are more than 60,000 monuments that commemorate the lives and legacies of those now buried here. Each monument tells an important story about the individuals it celebrates. It is also a renowned site for nature study, combining the features of an arboretum and a wildlife preserve. It is the home to a number of species of plants and animals, and provides a resting stop for migratory birds of many species.
“…and this is the first collection of photographs and stories about this final resting spot of poets and war heroes, Harvard professors and religious figures, that also captures the wonders of the wildlife that inhabit it.”
– Michele McPhee, best-selling author, investigative reporter, radio talk show host
More than 95,000 individuals are buried and commemorated at Mount Auburn. Dead In Good Company honors the lives and legacies of all those now resting at the Cemetery who have helped to shape the world in which we live. Writers, educators, reformers, artists, scientists and inventors are among those whose influence can still be seen throughout Boston, the New England region, nationally, and even internationally.
Speaking at Stellina on August 26th will be both of the editors of Dead In Good Company, John Harrison and Kim Nagy, as well as a number of the contributing authors, including William Martin, Gary Braver and Edith Maxwell.
Author’s Night is a FREE event. Seating is open to the public and a cash bar is available. Reservations are suggested for those who would like to stay for dinner after the talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of Haley Booksellers.
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