Saturday, October 7th
This event begins at the book shop at 1PM.
Garden District Book Shop partners with Save Our Cemeteries (SOC) to present Peter Dedek as he gives a guided tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1 and signs his book, Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History. This event begins at the book shop at 1PM. A portion of the book sales will be donated to SOC.
In The Cemeteries of New Orleans, Peter B. Dedek reveals the origins and evolution of the Crescent City’s world-famous necropolises, exploring both their distinctive architecture and their cultural impact. Spanning centuries, this fascinating body of research takes readers from muddy fields of crude burial markers to extravagantly designed cities of the dead, illuminating a vital and vulnerable piece of New Orleans’s identity.
Where many histories of New Orleans cemeteries have revolved around the famous people buried within them, Dedek focuses on the marble cutters, burial society members, journalists, and tourists who shaped these graveyards into internationally recognizable emblems of the city. In addition to these cultural actors, Dedek’s exploration of cemetery architecture reveals the impact of ancient and medieval grave traditions and styles, the city’s geography, and the arrival of trained European tomb designers, such as the French architect J. N. B. de Pouilly in 1833 and Italian artist and architect Pietro Gualdi in 1851.
This book is available in hardcover ($38.00).