What if all of Malden read the same book?

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.

Click here for a printable brochure giving highlights of the 2011 Malden Reads season.

Check out the Malden Reads video below:

About Sam Baltrusis

Sam Baltrusis, author of "Ghosts of Boston," "Ghosts of Salem" and "13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts," is the former editor-in-chief of several regional publications including Spare Change News, Scout Somerville and Scout Cambridge. He has been featured as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's Haunted Encounters and has been a featured speaker at various local venues, including the Massachusetts State House.

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