Malden Reads News
Malden Reads hosts a Conversation on Race – Thursday, May 10
As part of this year’s “One City, One Book” program, Malden Reads will host a Conversation on Race using the 2018 book selection, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, as a springboard for discussion, and incorporating insights from the Boston Globe Spotlight Series (“Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.” – bostonglobe.com/race). The event will take place on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beebe School auditorium in Malden.
The event’s prestigious group of panelists:
- Neil Swidey – author and staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine
- Keith Knight – rapper, social activist, cartoonist and NAACP “History Maker”
- Brendan Kiely – co-author (along with Jason Reynolds) of “All American Boys,” winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award (a Malden Reads companion book)
- Dr. Kerri Greenidge as participant moderator – co-director of the African American Freedom Trail Project and researcher/lecturer at the Center for Race and Democracy, Tufts University
The Beebe School is located at 401 Pleasant St., which is within walking distance of Malden Center Station on the MBTA’s Orange Line, with nearby parking also available. Seating is limited, so free tickets must be reserved in advance. Complete details are posted at www.maldenreads.org/events (click on “Events”, hover and then click to the right to “Conversation on Race”).
Sunset, Storytelling & Stargazing on Waitt’s Mount – Saturday, May 19
Ward 4 Councillor Ryan O’Malley, in collaboration with Malden Reads, announces the third annual “Sunset, Storytelling and Stargazing on Waitt’s Mount,” which will be held Saturday, May 19, weather permitting. The community is invited to the top of Waitt’s Mount Park in Malden to watch the sunset, hear storytelling and gaze at the stars with the help of the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club (NSAAC), the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) and #popscope.
Professional children’s storyteller Sharon Kennedy will begin telling stories at 7:30, just before sunset. Parents with young children may want to stay only for the storytelling portion, but are welcome to stay longer. At 8:00, there will be “Stories Only You Can Tell,” featuring adults telling stories of personal experience, under the direction of local author and spoken word artist CD Collins. Stargazing will begin after twilight. Several telescopes will be set up for viewing, with the club astronomers serving as guides to the night sky.
This year’s book selection, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, like so many great books, helps us to “step inside the shoes” of another person. Come celebrate the power of connection and community. Enjoy a night with fellow community members under the stars at the top of Malden’s highest point!
In case of inclement weather (or skies that are too cloudy for viewing), an alternative date will be announced. Stay tuned for more details about parking, what to bring and what to expect. Details will be posted on the Malden Reads website, maldenreads.org.
This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.