Dead In Good Company

December 5, 2015

John Harrison has been a frequent, if not daily, visitor to Mount Auburn for more than a decade.  During his regular visits, John can be found photographing the wildlife that visit Mount Auburn seasonally as well as that which inhabits the Cemetery year-round.  If you have been a Friend or follower of Mount Auburn for any length of time, you have no doubt seen his stunning photographs of coyotes, foxes, spring migrants, owls, and Red-Tailed Hawks (his favorite bird), which he has graciously allowed us to use on our website and in our many printed publications.

A few years ago John, who works as a book distributor, had the great idea to merge his professional life and  his personal passion with the creation of a book celebrating Mount Auburn, the place so close to his heart.  Fellow amateur wildlife photographer and Mount Auburn fan Kim Nagy joined John to help lead this project through its completion.  In the summer of 2015, the results of their hard work were realized with the publication of Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery.  The book is a fitting tribute to Mount Auburn,  capturing the spirit of this place through some of the regions’s leading literary voices.  William Martin, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Upton Bell, Megan Marshall, Ray Flynn, Clare Walker Leslie, and Wayne Petersen are among those sharing their own associations with this special place. Illustrating the book are beautiful photographs of the Cemetery’s wildlife, contributed by a number of the Cemetery’s visitors.


Thank you, John and Kim, for creating such a wonderful tribute to Mount Auburn!

To learn more about Dead in Good Company:


The Dead in Good Company Facebook page.


“‘Dead In Good Company’ features work by Medford residents,” Medford Transcript (August 18, 2015)

“Book celebrates Cambridge’s Mount Auburn Cemetery,” Cambridge Chronicle (August 27, 2015)

“Nature in the City: ‘Dead In Good Company,'” Waltham News Tribune (August 2015)

“Concord notables help celebrate Mt. Auburn Cemetery,” Concord Journal (September 16, 2015)

“Dead In Good Company at Mount Auburn Cemetery,” Scout Cambridge (October 15, 2015)

“A Brief Holiday Respite,” by contributing author Hank Phillippi Ryan for Jungle Red Writers blog (December 22, 2015)


John Harrison discusses Dead in Good Company on Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds (air date: April 26, 2015)

Co-editors John Harrison and Kim Nagy are joined by contributing author William Martin for a segment on living on earth (air date: October 30, 2015)

Contributing author Bill Martin discusses Dead in Good Company with Dan Rea on WBZ Radio’s NightSide (air date: December 10, 2015)


John Harrison discuss Dead in Good Company on NECN, New England Cable News  (air date: August 13, 2015)

 Dead in Good Company contributing authors Hank Phillippi RyanWilliam Martin, Gary Goshgarian,and Edith Maxwell discuss their contributions for the book during Author’s Night at Stellina Restaraunt in Watertown (videos by John Harrison, August  2015)

Purchase Dead In Good Company

If you are in the Boston area, check your local bookstore for copies of Dead In Good Company. The book is also available for sale online direct from the publishers via

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