“Little Bee” coming to Cambridge May 10

“Little Bee” has been selected as Cambridge’s 2011 City Wide Read and the #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Cleave will be there to discuss his critically acclaimed novel on Tuesday, May 10, doing events at Scout & Morgan Books at 3 p.m. and at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School at 7 p.m.

The book has sold in over 20 countries, was shortlisted in 2009 for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and acquired by BBC Films with Nicole Kidman attached as star and producer.

“Little Bee” tells the story of a Nigerian refugee girl, whose courageous journey from her war-torn country to suburban London puts a face on the worldwide refugee crisis. Cleave cleverly juxtaposes humor with horror as the narrative alternates between the view points of Little Bee and Sarah O’Rourke, a well-to-do Englishwoman whose holiday on a Nigerian beach fatefully connects her to Little Bee forever. It is a moving tale of love, loss, hope, despair, responsibility, and redemption that reminds us that we are all connected by our humanity.

Chris Cleave, also the author of the award winning novel Incendiary (S&S Trade Paperback 1/11/11), will be in Cambridge on May 10, participating in free public events in conjunction with Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and the Midwest Bookseller Association.