Author Greg Melville’s summer job in Bedford more than 30 years ago eventually lead to the release of his latest book.
Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries focuses on 18 cemeteries in the United States from architectural, political, and literary perspectives.
“Before my senior year of college, I worked for the Department of Public Works,” recounted Melville, a 1988 Bedford High School graduate. “We spent a good part of our time pushing a mower in Shawsheen Cemetery, and occasionally we would help with getting a grave ready. “
“Ever since then, I have had this interest in cemeteries and the stories they tell.”
Melville will discuss the book with Matthew Stephens, president and CEO of Mount Auburn Cemetery, at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.