Greg Melville — Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America's Cemeteries - with AJ Orlikoff — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Monday, October 31, 2022 - 7:00pm

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This is a free in-person event, and seating is first come, first served.

This event is in partnership with the Historic Congressional Cemetery and Tombs and Tomes Book Club

Melville’s Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries is a lively (pun intended) and wide-ranging history of cemeteries, places that havemirrored the pasteras of history but have also shaped them. The book explores how cemeteries have given birth to landscape architecture and famous parks, as well as influenced architectural styles; how they’ve inspired and motivated some of our greatest poets and authors—Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson; and howthey’ve been used as political tools to shift the country’s discourse and as important symbols of the United States’ambition and reach.

Greg Melville is an adventure writer and former editor at Men’s Journal and Hearst Magazines. His work has appeared in many national publications, including Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Health, and The Boston Globe Magazine and has been listed in The Best American Sports Writing 2017. He is a decorated navy veteran who served in Afghanistan and teaches writing and literature at the United States Naval Academy, where he was the recipient of the school’s award for excellence in teaching in 2019. He lives with his wife and two kids in Delaware.

Melville will be in conversation with AJ Orlikoff. Orlikoff is a historian, educator, and writer. He worked at Hampton Roads Naval Museum as an Educator and at the National Museum of the United States Army as an Education Specialist- Lead before joining the staff at Historic Congressional Cemetery in his current position as Director of Public Engagement. He is the author of The Navy’s City: Norfolk’s Military History in A History Lover’s Guide to Norfolk and is a contributor to Washington History Magazine. A.J. is an avid book lover and is always looking for new members of the Tombs and Tomes Book Club at Congressional Cemetery.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries By Greg Melville Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419754852
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Abrams Press - October 4th, 2022