Malden Reads Will Hold Skype Conversation with Warren St. John at MATV on Thursday, May 17.
The author of this year’s Malden Reads book selection Outcasts United will be visiting the Malden community via Skype (an internet voice/video service). All those who have read the book are encouraged to take part in this exciting event with the author who inspired this year’s Malden Reads program exploring themes of diversity, cross-cultural understanding, and making a difference. The event will take place at Malden Access Television on Thursday, May 17, as part of the festivities of MATV Week. The Skype connection will happen from 7:30 – 8:30pm. The public is invited to come at 7pm for seating, preparation, and refreshments. Questions for the author are encouraged in advance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Skype connection will be projected onto a video screen and the voice sent through speakers so everyone can see and hear the author well. The event will also be taped for MATV.
Warren St. John has written for the New York Observer, New Yorker, Wired and Slate, in addition to his work as a reporter for The New York Times. St. John frequently writes about the impact of technology on social behavior. In 2005, he introduced the term "metrosexual" into widespread usage through a Times piece headlined "Metrosexuals Come Out." His first book, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania (2004), was named one of Sports Illustrated’s best books of the year, and ranked number one on The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of the best books ever written about collegiate athletics. His second book, Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference was published in the U.S. in April 2009, and subsequently in the U.K., Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan and China.
The author of this year’s Malden Reads book selection found our group on Facebook and has followed the events and programs inspired by his non-fiction story of a refugee soccer team in Clarkston, Georgia. He writes in an email to be shared with the Malden community, “Thanks so much for all the hard work that has gone into the events in Malden—I’ve been following online. It's a writer's dream come true to see people engage in his or her book so intensely…I'd happily do a Skype conversation, and please feel free to read my note and to pass on my gratitude to everyone involved in Malden Reads.”