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Imbolo Mbue Presents How Beautiful We Were

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Thursday, August 4, 2022

Main Library
449 Broadway
Lecture Hall

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Join award-winning author Imbolo Mbue in a reading and discussion of her latest novel.

Imbolo Mbue’s stunning 2016 debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, marked her as a significant new literary voice. Praised by The New York Times as “savage and compassionate in all the right places,” the book won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, was the Oprah Book Club selection for 2017, and became a national bestseller. Her second novel, How Beautiful We Were, is a sweeping tale about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company. 

This event will be moderated by Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Associate Professor of American Studies and English at Brown University. A two-time winner of the Darwin Turner Award for Best Essay of the Year in African American Review, Professor Abdur-Rahman's scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as African American ReviewAmerican Literary HistoryGLQ, The Faulkner JournalThe Black Scholar, and The James Baldwin Review.

This event is supported by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.

Registration is required.

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