Thanks for joining us at the Kickoff Celebration on January 11th.

Upcoming Events

Book Discussions

Share your thoughts and opinions about this year’s book selection, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and discuss its themes through a variety of discussion-oriented events.

Dockside Riverview, 229 Center Street – 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 Center, 7 Washington Street – Tuesday, February 18, 11:00 am
The Senior Center Book Group, under the guided leadership of Carmen Arnone, meets in the library at the Malden Senior Center, where they have an annual discussion on the Malden Reads book selection. All are welcome to join the group for their discussion of the 2020 Malden Reads book pick—Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.



Idle Hands Craft Ales, 89 Commercial Street – 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, 36 Salem Street – Thursday, March 19, 6:30 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, 2 Elm Street Sunday, March 29, 12:00 pm,

All are welcome to join First Parish congregants for a lively discussion of Fahrenheit 451, led by Rev. Otto O’Connor (a science fiction enthusiast). A public interfaith Worship Service at 10 am will also be offered that day, followed by coffee hour.



Malden River (exact location TBA) – Saturday, May 16, 12:00 pm

Cruise in a canoe on the Malden River with naturalist guide Karen Buck, president of Friends of the Malden River, and experience the natural environment right here in our city that has been largely hidden from view. Then take part in a book discussion with a special focus on one of the central themes of Fahrenheit 451—the disconnection from nature and the natural world.
(The date is tentative but will be a weekend in May. More details to follow.)

Goodreads, Ongoing Online Book Discussion Malden Reads has an online book discussion forum on Goodreads. To join, go to, become a member, search for “Malden Reads,” and join the group.

Community Dinners

Malden Reads invites you to join us at these fine local restaurants to enjoy great food, mingle with local Maldonians, and support local businesses. We also encourage conversation about the themes from this year’s book and will provide some “Table Talk” topics for diners to discuss. Dinners are fixed price and feature either family style or an à la carte menu. Beverages, tax and tip are not included.

Ethiopian Restaurant –  February 25 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Come enjoy the exotic taste and presentation of Ethiopian cuisine with other Malden Reads enthusiasts. Ethiopian food is served in a shared platter with both (or either) vegetable and meat dishes atop injera, which is a large sourdough flatbread. In lieu of utensils, the flavorful food is scooped up with pieces of injera. Honey wine is the popular accompaniment. Beer and soft drinks are also available. The dinner will include a traditional coffee ceremony.



Emone Tofu, 184 Salem Street – April Date TBA, 7:00 pm
Emone Tofu is an authentic Korean restaurant with traditional recipes. The dinner will be a multi-course meal with soup, appetizer, and a selection of stone bowl entrees.


Special Events

Malden Reads: Influential Books What books have inspired you or made you look at the world in a new way? Share the titles in a participatory art project created by local artist Karen Alzayer, a beautiful giant book with pages of titles that have inspired us all!




Mini Writers Den Program, Beginning in February The Mini Writers’ Den is an opportunity for middle school students in the Malden Public Schools to participate in an after-school creative writing workshop in a supportive learning environment with direct supervision from a Tufts University student, Malden High School student mentors, and support from Malden Reads. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Interested parents of 8th graders should email



Malden Reads Night at Boda Borg, Tuesday, March 24, 4:00–8:00 pm Boda Borg, 90 Pleasant St Join with other Malden Reads participants ages 7 and up for two hours of questing with free admission to Boda Borg! There will be family-friendly activities available in the main gathering room from 4:00 to 8:00. Details on how to get tickets and register for a time slot will be available soon at



Worship Service at First Parish, Sunday, March 29, 10:00 am, 2 Elm St. 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. If you’d like, stay for coffee hour following the service and a book discussion at noon.




“Ray Bradbury & the Relevance of Fahrenheit 451 Today,” early April Venue TBA Sam Weller has published four books on the life of legendary author Ray Bradbury, including The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradburya national bestseller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography. Currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College (Chicago), Mr. Weller has travelled the world lecturing on Bradbury’s life and legacy.




Sam Weller Talk at Malden High School, April 3 Malden High School Sam Weller will present to two classes at Malden High School that are reading Fahrenheit 451 as part of their course entitled “The Future.”





Sunset, Storytelling & Stargazing, Waitt’s Mountain, Date TBA Join us at Waitt’s Mount Park in Malden for family storytelling at sunset, followed by storytelling for adults and stargazing at twilight under the guidance of amateur telescope makers. For more details, visit our website later this spring. Co-sponsored by City Councillor Ryan O’Malley.




Malden Reads Fahrenheit 451: Podcast Series Beginning in February, MATV (soon to be UMA) will host a podcast series exploring the themes and current relevance of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Community members who have read and thought about the book are invited as guests to this ongoing podcast as we further the conversation in the community. The podcast will also feature special guests (TBA) who will discuss topics related to the book. The podcasts will be available on




Mass. Memories Road Show, Malden Senior Community Center – Saturday, May 2 10:00–3:00 pm,

Join us for this history-making community event! If you are a member of the Malden community, your story is important! Bring three photographs from your life and share the story behind the photos. The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide, event-based participatory archiving project that documents people, places, and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. A project of UMass Boston launched in 2004, the Mass. Memories Road Show has digitized more than 11,000 photographs and stories from across the state, creating an educational resource of primary sources for future generations.


Outreach Sessions for the Mass. Memories Road Show

Malden Public Library – Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 pm, 

Malden Public Library – Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm

All Malden community groups and interested individuals are encouraged to help plan the Mass. Memories Road Show (which will be held on May 2). Join us for a short info session, meet others in the community, and learn how you can help make our history-making community event a success!