Book Discussions

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Here are the titles and descriptions for the companion books, along with suggested grade levels (which can be adapted based on level of interest and reading level).


Dockside Restaurant— Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 PM

Join a lively discussion of Fahrenheit 451 led by Anne D’Urso-Rose, MATV Associate Director and Malden Reads co-facilitator. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. RSVP in advance to and feel free to specify your favorite pizza topping! 


Malden Senior Community Center — Tuesday, February 19, 11:00 AM

The Senior Center Book Group was formed back in 2007 and has been under the guided leadership of Carmen Arnone since 2011. They meet monthly in the library at the Malden Senior Center, and they have an annual discussion on the Malden Reads book. All are warmly welcome to join the group for their discussion of the 2020 NEA Big Read book pick — Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Idle Hands — Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 PM

We invite you to read Fahrenheit 451 and come talk about it in a casual setting at this popular brewery while you enjoy some made-in-Malden brews (nonalcoholic beverages are also available). Discussion prompts will be provided, and discussions can take place in small conversations or a larger sit-down group. In the spirit of the novel’s hopeful ending that celebrates all books, participants are encouraged to come with a memorized passage or quote from one of their favorite books to share on a microphone during the evening. A light dinner will be provided for a pre-paid fee of $12 Sign up through Eventbrite. The taproom is a 21+ venue.

Malden Public Library — Thursday, March 19, 7:00 PM

Come at 6:30 to Skype with The Carson Center for the Performing Arts in Kentucky–another community reading Fahrenheit 451 as part of their 2020 NEA Big Read! Then
stay for the book discussion at 7:00 led by our Mayor Gary Christenson. Light refreshments will be served.

First Parish Church — Sunday, March 29, 12:00 PM

Join Reverend Otto O’Connor and members of First Parish of Malden, a Unitarian Universalist congregation, for an interfaith worship service that is centered around the themes of this year’s book selection, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. If you’d like, stay for coffee hour following the service and a book discussion at noon.