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Location Closure Due to lack of air conditioning, the Herring Run Branch is closed until further notice and the Northwood Branch is closed on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2.

Holiday Closing All Pratt Library locations will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Booklovers at the Pratt featuring Imbolo Mbue

Registration is not required but encouraged. Register through Eventbrite here.

Registration opens at 9am on Monday, November 29, 2021. Bookovers at the Pratt will feature Imbolo Mbue. Joining Imbolo Mbue in conversation is M'Balu Bangura.

IMBOLO MBUE is the author of the 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 eleven languages, adapted into an opera and a stage play, and optioned for a miniseries.

Her new novel, How Beautiful We Were, is about what happened when a fictional African village decided to fight against an American oil company that had been polluting its land for many years.

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

M'Balu "Lu" Bangura is an experienced Civil Rights Investigator, Risk Analyst, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professional. She considers herself an Inequity Eliminator and has spent her academic and professional career as a social justice advocate and promoter of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all. Lu is currently the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for Enoch Pratt Free Library and Maryland State Library Resource Center. In this role, she is responsible for leading and overseeing the library's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

In her previous role with the City, Lu played a vital role in expanding the Office of Civil Rights to the Office of Equity and Civil Rights.  Lu served as the City's Equity Specialist where she managed the city-wide equity initiative.

Book sales provided by MahoganyBooks.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Saturday, February 5 at 10:00am to 11:00am

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Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Black History, Virtual Event

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Adult Events Approver- for Adults

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