Arts & Letters Live: Chris Cleave
Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
The Dallas Museum of Art will have author Chris Cleave on hand to discuss his new novel Gold. The discussion will take place in the Horchow Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. The author will sign books at the conclusion of this special Arts & Letters Live event. Tickets for this event are $25.
Winner of the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award for his debut novel, Incendiary, Chris Cleave continues to enthrall readers with his moving stories and beautiful prose. His novel Little Bee, a New York Times number one bestseller, is the story of a collision between the world of a young Nigerian girl and a British magazine editor and the discovery of where their individuality lies. The Boston Globe calls Little Bee “one of the most vividly memorable and provocative characters in recent contemporary fiction. . . . Cleave paces the story beautifully, lacing it with wit, compassion, and, even at the darkest moments, a searing ray of hope.” The novel was nominated for the 2008 Costa Book Awards as well as a 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
His newest novel, Gold, focuses on the friendship between two athletes and how they traverse the shifting sands of ambition, loyalty, and love on the eve of their last Olympics, London 2012. Both women are tested to their physical and emotional limits while facing each other and their own mortality. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Cleave expertly cycles through the characters’ tangled past and present, charting their ever-shifting dynamic. . . . The race scenes have true visceral intensity, leaving the reader feeling breathless.” In focusing on the extremities of sickness and health, Cleave expresses his desire to show that “we can make a kind of heaven on earth” through the sacrifice of our own ambitions. Cleave’s work has been published in over twenty countries and has been adapted into feature films with stars such as Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor.
Cleave was born in London and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he first encountered asylum seekers while working in the canteen of Campsfield House in Oxfordshire. Moved by the conditions of the prison and the people living behind its walls, Cleave knew he had to write about it: “I knew I had to show the unexpected humour of these refugees wherever I could, and to make the book an enjoyable and compelling read.” The book not only explores the treatment of refugees by the asylum system, but also traverses issues of British colonialism, globalization, political violence, and personal accountability.