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Booklovers at the Pratt featuring Imbolo Mbue

Registration required. 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.

Even though COVID-19 safety protocols prevent us from hosting breakfast, Booklovers is back in-person at the Pratt!

COVID-19 safety procedures will be in place. Seating is limited to 200. No food or drink will be present at the event. 

Saturday, February 5, 2022
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person
Doors open at 9:15am.

Book sales provided by MahoganyBooks.

Advanced registration required; register online, beginning Monday, November 29 at 9am. Deadline for registration: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 11:59p.m. All seats are reserved in order of receipt of registration and payment. All sales are final. No refunds will be given. For more information, call 410-396-5494

Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Central Library
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Black History

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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