What if all of Malden read the same book?

Malden Reads seeks to answer that question.

Malden Reads is a community reading organization run by city leaders and residents in collaboration with the Malden Public Library and Urban Media Arts. Each season, we invite the city of Malden, Massachusetts to read a selected book and participate in a program of events, projects, and community initiatives centered around the themes of the book.

Season 12 Book Selection

An American Sunrise: Poems
by Joy Harjo

Check out the book announcement and information page to learn more about An American Sunrise and U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo. This is the first time Malden Reads has chosen a work of a poetry as the main book selection!

(left) Joy Harjo headshot (right)

Looking for a copy? Here’s where to find one.

We invite you to read An American Sunrise with rest of the Malden Reads community! Here’s a couple of recommended places to get yourself a hard copy, e-book, or audiobook. >>>>

Want to include kids? Companion books are available.

An American Sunrise is a book selection for adults and high schoolers. We put together a list of companion books for younger readers that similarly explore the themes of the book. >>>>

Have you read it already? Check out our resources.

Explore our archive of articles, videos, guides for educators and parents, discussion questions, and additional multi-media resources to enrich your understanding of An American Sunrise. >>>>

Upcoming Events & Projects

September 24th, 2022

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

“Words on the Water” & “Project Misik” on the Malden River

Malden Reads & Project Misik collaborate on a day-long community event celebrating nature, community and cultural expression in a “hidden” spot along the Malden River that will someday be transformed into a climate resilient waterfront park accessible to all.

Help us keep our events free!