2011 – The Soloist
“The Soloist: A Lost Dream, An Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music” by Steve Lopez
When Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez meets Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on the streets of Skid Row, he knows he has the makings of an interesting column. He learns that the homeless man is a brilliant musician who had dropped out of Julliard Conservatory School due to his mental illness. The book is a true story of a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music.
2011 Companion Books:
- “Money Hungry” by Sandra Flake
- “How to Steal a Dog” by Barbara O’Connor
- “Mole Music” by David McPhail
- “The Teddy Bear” by David McPhail
2011 Program Highlights:
Highlights of our first year were a Panel Discussion on “Hunger, Homelessness and Mental Illness” with leaders of local nonprofits, a “Stone Soup” community service event, our first Opening Celebration featuring a performance by local blind pianist, a “Community Performance” featuring a variety of performances that addressed the various themes, and our first film series.
Check out the Malden Reads video below: