Book Talk: Allison C. Meier | Grave

In Partnership with Housing Works

Join us for the second installment of the Municipal Art Society + Housing Works author series, featuring a discussion with Allison C. Meier, moderated by writer Tiernan Morgan. The pair will join in conversation about Allison’s recent publication, Grave.

Light refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. Additionally, there will be copies of Allison’s book available for purchase. See you at Housing Works Bookstore on Wednesday, September 13 from 6-8 PM!

Doors at 6 PM. Event at 6:15 PM. The event has SOLD OUT, but Housing Works takes some walk-in attendees, in case you did not get a ticket. Email with any questions.

About the Book

Grave takes a ground-level view of how burial sites have transformed over time and how they continue to change. As a cemetery tour guide, Allison C. Meier has spent more time walking among tombstones than most. Even for her, the grave has largely been invisible, an out of the way and unobtrusive marker of death. However, graves turn out to be not always so subtle, reverent, or permanent.

While the indigent and unidentified have frequently been interred in mass graves, a fate brought into the public eye during the COVID-19 pandemic, the practice today is not unlike burials in the potter’s fields of the colonial era. Burial is not the only option, of course, and Meier analyzes the rise of cremation, green burial, and new practices like human composting, investigating what is next for the grave and how existing spaces of death can be returned to community life.

Read more about Grave.

Wednesday, September 13
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Member: Free!
Non-member: Free!

  • Book Talk + Conversation: Allison C. Meier | Grave.
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  • Grave by Allison C. Meier (Bloomsbury Publishing).
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