Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers presented by City of AsylumWednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
In October 2017 Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue visited City of Asylum to read from her debut novel Behold the Dreamers. Her powerful reading stuck with our staff and we’re delighted to share program highlights as a Staff Favorites pick.
Streamed on The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh channel. (run-time 60 minutes)
An Oprah Book Club pick, Behold the Dreamers tells the story of a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem and imagining a bright future in America. It’s the fall of 2007 and Jende can hardly believe his luck landing a job for a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Then 2008 hits.
Imbolo’s story and her reading shine a spotlight on the troubling secrets of power and privilege and the difficult choices some must make as the world is rocked by challenge and collapse. Imbolo constantly reminds us of the importance of providing voice to all those who may be struggling and we felt certain this is an important story to revisit together as we face our current challenge.
Imbolo Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for over a decade, she lives in New York City. Behold the Dreamers is her first novel.