Sunday, March 30, 2014

Magnolia Cemetery Book Signing Set for Saturday, April 12

BirdsEyeViews Publications announces that Patrick Harwood, a communication professor at the College of Charleston, will sign copies of his new book on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery, located at 70 Cunnington Ave. (See author's interview on WCIV-TV "Lowcountry Live").

The 231-page hardcover book is titled, "In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery- Charleston's Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry." 
Cover of Harwood's new book

In Harwood's book Magnolia Cemetery, founded in 1850, receives a comprehensive tribute as one of America’s premier Victorian Era cemeteries. 

Chapters address, among other topics, Magnolia’s rich history; artistic, magnificent monuments; symbolism; spirituality; and landscape design. 

The pages are filled with stories about cemetery "residents" (a who’s who of Charleston and Lowcountry history) and color photographs that capture the 19th century Victorian necropolis' unique style and look. 

A book signing is also scheduled for  Thursday, April 17 on Cougar Mall at the College of Charleston campus from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

This is Harwood's second book about Magnolia Cemetery.

“Since publishing in 2011 ‘The Birds of Magnolia Cemetery: Charleston's Secret Bird Sanctuary,’” I knew I wanted to write a second book about this interesting, historic place, which continues to be somewhat of a hidden treasure among Charleston's many better known and publicized attractions," 
Harwood said. 

Harwood said he spent nearly two years on the book, researching, writing, photographing, and even designing and laying out the work himself, in Adobe InDesign. “In the Arms of Angels” is published under Harwood’s own enterprise, BirdsEyeViews Publications. Printing (in America) was handled by 360 Digital Books located in the Detroit area. 

In 2010, Harwood, a former television anchor and news reporter, produced this video about Magnolia Cemetery: 
“In the Arms of Angels” has been endorsed by several local historians. Richard W. Hatcher III of the Fort Sumter National Monument calls it “a well-balanced work combining history and beautiful photography of one of the South’s most historic cities of the dead.”

College of Charleston history professor Robert P. Stockton praises the book as “the first work to deal with the art, architecture and landscape design of Magnolia Cemetery in a comprehensive manner.”

S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell (recently selected to be the College of Charleston’s next president), who is a Civil War expert, describes “In the Arms of Angels” as “a landmark book on one of Charleston’s landmarks.” 

More information on the book can be found at, by calling 843.224.3112, or emailing

Harwood, who holds mass communications and  journalism degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and Northwestern University, has worked and taught at the College of Charleston since 1992.

The College of Charleston’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provided funding support for his research project.

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