Open Book: Imbolo Mbue

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Imbolo Mbue is the author of the 2016 New York Times bestseller “Behold the Dreamers” (, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. The novel has been translated into 11 languages, adapted into an opera and a stage play, and optioned for a miniseries.

Her new novel, “How Beautiful We Were” is a sweeping, wrenching story about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company. It was named one of Time’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021.

A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Imbolo Mbue lives in New York City.

Imbolo is interviewed by Maya Sharma, author of “Paving – Conversations With Incredible Women Who Are Shaping Our World” (


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