"NeMLA Reads Together" Opening Address

An Evening with Imbolo Mbue

    Thursday, March 21,2019 at 7 PM
    Gaylord National Resort Center
    Book signing and reception to follow

Credit: Kiriko Sano

Credit: Kiriko Sano

The 50th Anniversary Convention of NeMLA will open with an interactive and dynamic live interview of Imbolo Mbue. The interview will be conducted by Professor Christina Milletti, Professor of Creative Writing at the University at Buffalo and a novelist in her own right. It 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. If you would like Professor Milletti to include any burning questions you may have about the novel in her interview, you may send them to support@nemla.org. Or alternatively, bring your questions to ask Imbolo Mbue yourself at the convention!