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Imbolo Mbue: Brittle Paper Interview | The Ask Series: No 1

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Imbolo Mbue can still remember where she was when she picked up a call and heard a voice say to her, “Hi Imbolo, It’s Oprah.” Oprah had called to tell her that her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers (2016), had been chosen as the 2017 Oprah’s Book Club selection. In an interview with Oprah’s friend and colleague Gayle […]

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Here’s How to Attend Imbolo Mbue’s PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony on May 6 in Washington DC

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Earlier this month, Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers won her the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award, making her the first African author to do this. Imbolo Mbue will be honoured on May 6 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. The $15,000 award, given by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, prides itself as “America’s largest peer-juried prize for fiction.” The Cameroonian’s debut novel beat […]

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Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers Makes Her the First African to Win the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers has won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award and she is the first African author to do this. The Cameroonian’s debut novel beat competition from Viet Dinh’s After Disasters, Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You, Louise Erdrich’s LaRose, and Sunil Yapa’s Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist—a shortlist that has been described as “a […]

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Imbolo Mbue’s Afro Gets Its Very Own Essay in The Guardian

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Imbolo Mbue instantly won our hearts a few years ago when news broke that she’d signed a million-dollar book deal with Random House. However, months after the news about her book deal, there were no photographs of Mbue anywhere on the internet. Then one fine day, the Wall Street Journal did a feature on her, […]

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Imbolo Mbue: The Novelist with a Million Dollar Smile

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35 year old Imbolo Mbue looks amazing in this photograph, showing that her exquisite taste is not limited to literature alone. She’s owning a monochrome red Altuzarra outfit and dishing out all sorts of hair envy with her very free and very wonderful halo of Afro. Thanks to a recent feature on Glamour US, we now […]

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Review | Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers Reinvents the Classic Immigrant Story

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Imbolo Mbue opens Behold the Dreamers with a quote from Deuteronomy in which Moses speaks of a future arrival in “a good land” abundant with food and wealth. Mbue places this archetypal story of migration at the heart of her novel so that she could reinvent the way we tell stories of how people move […]

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Wall Street Journal Unveils the Face Behind Africa’s Most Anticipated Novel

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Imbolo Mbue burst into the limelight late last year after signing a million dollar deal with Random House for her debut manuscript. The novel titled Behold the Dreamers follows the travails of a Cameroonian immigrant and a Lehman Brothers executive during the 2008 financial crisis. One million dollar advance? It’s a first for an African […]

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Major African Literary News! | The Most Expensive African Fiction Manuscript Gets a Publication Date

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The official synopsis for Mbolo Mbue’s novel is finally out. How exciting! And the date we’ve all been waiting for is set. On March 15, 2016, Africa’s most anticipated novel hits the stands. Mbolo Mbue caused quite a splash in the African literary community when she signed a million-dollar publishing deal with Random House. [Click […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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