Opening Event

Imbolo Mbue

Credit: Kiriko Sano

Credit: Kiriko Sano

Part of "NeMLA Reads Together"

Thursday, March 21, 7 PM
Gaylord National Resort Center

Reception and Book Signing to follow

The 50th Anniversary Convention of NeMLA will open with an interactive and dynamic live interview of Imbolo Mbue. The interview will include discussion about Mbue's novel Behold the Dreamers (2016), the focus of our initiative, "NeMLA Reads Together."

A New York Times bestseller, Behold the Dreamers was the winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, recipient of the 2017 Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award, and an Oprah's Book Club selection. Named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post and a Best Book of the Year by close to a dozen publications, the novel has been translated into 10 languages, adapted into an opera, and optioned for a movie. 

Imbolo Mbue is a native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities. She currently lives in New York City.

NeMLA Reads Together

NeMLA members are encouraged to read Behold the Dreamers in preparation for the opening address. Bring your questions for Mbue to the convention!