Cambridge Community Wide Read

The New York Times’ No. 1 seller Little Bee has been chosen as the 2011 Cambridge Community-wide Read.

Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer (center) declared the months of April and May as the Cambridge Community-wide Read during the Cambridge City Council meeting Monday, April 4. Pictured with Mayor Palmer is Lorie Fetzik (left), chair of the community-wide read committee and Nancy Dunbar, Cambridge Public Library Branch Librarian, and member of the Community-wide Read committee. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Written by British author Chris Cleave, this novel explores the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a journalist from suburban London.

The culminating event of the reading program will be an appearance by Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School. This will be Cleave’s first stop on his nationwide book tour. The tour is sponsored with the help of his publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Community members are encouraged to checkout Little Bee from the Cambridge Public Library or purchase a copy at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge. Copies of the books are also available for high school students in the media center.

The public is also invited to attend one of two book discussions on Little Bee.  They will be held Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library and Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at Scout & Morgan Books.

Cleave lives in London and is a former journalist. His first novel, Incendiary, won several awards and was made into a movie starring Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams. Little Bee is his second novel.  It, too, has been nominated for several awards.

The Community-wide Read program is sponsored by the Cambridge Branch of East Central Regional Library, Cambridge Friends of the Library, Cambridge Rotary Club, City Center Market, District 911 Community Ed, Scout & Morgan Books and Simon & Schuster.  This program is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.