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.


More information regarding the authors:

JOHN HARRISON and KIM NAGY, Editors/Authors,  Dead In Good Company
  John Harrison graduated from Bentley University and then served in the U.
S. Navy with the Naval Security Group, stationed at NAVCOMMSTA
Sidi Yahia, Morocco. Returning to civilian life, he founded Epilog Enterprises,
a book distribution company, in 1975. He is currently the president and works
with his founding partners, Arthur and Corinne Kinsman.
  His passion for nature ultimately led to the idea for this book.  His photographs
have been published by Mass Audubon, the Humane Society of the United States, and Project Coyote in CA, and have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, and websites. He lectures on nature and wildlife at elementary schools and to senior citizen groups. Additionally, he initiated and has authored the Medford Wildlife Watch blog for The Medford Transcript newspaper since 2009.
  Kim Nagy has made the natural world both her profession and her hobby.  She is an avid wildlife and nature photographer, and travels widely in pursuit of her craft. She works as a regional sales manager in the natural foods industry, and travels extensively throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. She graduated from Boston College, and holds the Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache from the Goethe Institut in Munich, Germany. Her photos have appeared in National Geographic’s Daily Dozen, BirdWatching, several publications of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, The Marco Review, and others.
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