Oblong Online: Imbolo Mbue - "HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE," in conversation with Lacey Schwartz-Delgado

Event date: 
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
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EST via Crowdcast

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Author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers - Imbolo Mbue, will talk with filmmaker Lacey Schwartz-Delgado about HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE, her new sweeping novel about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company.

Imbolo MbueHow Beautiful We Were by Imbolo MbueLacey Schwartz Delgado

Told from the perspective of a generation of children and the family of a girl named Thula who grows up to become a revolutionary, How Beautiful We Were is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold on to its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people’s freedom.

Imbolo Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Blue Metropolis Words to Change Prize and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Named a notable book of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post and a Best Book of the Year by close to a dozen publications, the novel has been translated into eleven languages, adapted into an opera and a stage play, and optioned for a movie. A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Mbue lives in New York City.

Lacey Schwartz-Delgado is an award-winning writer, director, producer, storyteller, and outreach strategist who uses the power of narratives to build community and impact change on personal, familial, institutional, and societal levels. Lacey’s work stems from the belief that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we can use to reclaim our sense of self, and bridge societal divides.  Her mission is to give voice to difficult truths that are widespread but rarely talked about to change the normative narrative.  Lacey directed, and produced her nationally and internationally recognized personal documentary Little White Lie and most recently, Lacey was co-Executive Producer, with Alicia Keys, of the documentary How It Feels to Be Free for PBS' American Masters, which examines the overlooked contributions of female Black performers.