Living Writers is a master class in how works of literature come to be. The program is free and open to everyone: the only prerequisite is a passion for reading.
Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. The novel has been adapted into an opera and a stage play, and optioned for a miniseries. Her second novel, How Beautiful We Were, about a fictional African village’s fight against an American oil company, was named by The New York Times as one of the top 10 books in 2021 and was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award. People called it “a brilliant exploration of modern colonialism and capitalism—and the fight for justice.” A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Ms. Mbue lives in New York.
How Beautiful We Were is the 2022 Community Summer Read. Ms. Mbolo’s visit is co-sponsored by the Core program and by the Colgate Arts Council.