6:30 pm18:30

PEN/Faulkner Foundation Celebration (Washington, DC)

  • The Showroom

Imbolo Mbue will be one of the writers reading during the Celebration.

The PEN/Faulkner Celebration is a fundraising event for continuing the work and mission of PEN/Faulkner—not only in supporting the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, but, critically, in support of its growing work bringing books and their authors to public school classrooms in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland, through PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools. The evening brings the world of PEN/Faulkner into a larger Washington audience. Every year, the Celebration (formerly Gala) unites a diverse and interesting audience, from the worlds of media, business and politics, to hear the voices of writers. Every year many say it was “the favorite night of the year, an evening that stands apart from all others”. Ideas are sparked, conversations started, all on the strength of words. It also happens to be a really fun night.

5:30 pm17:30

Random House Reader’s Circle Live! with Imbolo Mbue

  • Random House

Grab a friend (or your book club!) and join Random House Reader’s Circle Live! for the opportunity to meet with other book lovers to discuss Imbolo Mbue’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, at our flagship office in New York City on

Tuesday, October 17 from 6:00PM-8:00PM

Like every great book club gathering, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served as guests break out into small groups for discussions led by Random House staff. After the conversation, Imbolo will join the group to share her thoughts on the novel, the American Dream, and how the immigrant experience has played a role in her writing life.

The $35 ticket price includes a trade paperback copy of BEHOLD THE DREAMERS. The book will be delivered to your door prior to the event.

Random House Reader’s Circle Live! Series is a chance for readers to come together to discuss a novel provided by Random House. These lively literary gatherings offer guests exclusive access to a deeper conversation with fellow readers, as well as the chance to meet the author for more insight into their stories.

Jul 3

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference (Sun Valley, Idaho)

  • Sun Valley Writers Conference

The mission of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is to invite readers and writers into a realm of intellectual intimacy. In an annual program, anchored by recognized writers of fiction and nonfiction, readers and writers come together as a community to be educated, enlightened, challenged and inspired.


7:00 pm19:00

The 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony & Dinner

  • Folger Shakespeare Library

Given since 1981 to the best works of fiction published by an American citizen in a calendar year, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the United States’ largest peer-juried prize in the field. This year’s judges are Chris Abani, Chantel Acevedo, and Sigrid Nunez. The 2017 winner is Imbolo Mbue, and the finalists are Viet Dinh, Louise Erdrich, Garth Greenwell, and Sunil Yapa. The Ceremony includes readings by all authors and citations by the judges. 

Washington Post book critic Ron Charles will be the MC this year.

Following the ceremony, there will be a full buffet dinner with open bar.

For tickets, call the Folger Box office at 202-504-7077, or click here.


Apr 30

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival/Words to Change Award

  • Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival

Imbolo Mbue will be at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival from April 27-30, 2017 and will receive the festival's Words to Change Award on April 30th at 1PM at the Musée McCord. The award ceremony will be free and open to the public.


10:00 am10:00

San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon

  • Marriott Rivercenter

Imbolo Mbue will be one of six authors speaking at the San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon, an annual event which benefits the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

***Please note this is a ticketed event.***

6:30 pm18:30

New York Society Library Debut Author Panel

  • New York Society Library

Three debut authors share their thoughts and experiences about the process of writing—and selling, publishing, and promoting—their first book.

With Imbolo Mbue, Julia Claiborne, and Jonathan Putnam; moderated by Lauren Belfer

Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required



4:15 pm16:15

New York State Writers Institute

  • University at Albany

Imbolo Mbue will have two events at University at Albany, State University of New York:

Seminar — 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center
Reading — 8:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

1:15 pm13:15

Morristown Festival of Books

  • St Peters Parish Hall

When Cultures Clash: The Global View in Fiction

Panel talk with Mia Alvar (In the Country) and Nadia Hashimi (A House Without Windows), moderated by Michele Filgate.

12:00 pm12:00

Brooklyn Book Festival

  • Borough Hall Media Room

Three prominent international writers, the Czech Republic’s Magdaléna Platzová (The Attempt), Cameroon’s Imbolo Mbue (Behold the Dreamers), and Arab-Israeli’s Sayed Kashua (Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life), take on geopolitical forces and their resistance, from Zuccotti Park to the offices of Lehman Brothers to the streets of the West Bank. Moderated by Caleb Crain.

6:30 pm18:30

Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Event: A Literary Salon

  • Skylight Gallery/Bed-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and The Center for Arts & Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation present a literary salon with Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods, Inc., Arrows of Rain, and the forthcoming Never Look an American in the Eye, and Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers. This literary gathering will include music, a reception, and a roundtable discussion with Mbue and Ndibe discussing their works and the ways African-born narratives fit with African-American narratives. The writers will also read from their works and sign their books.

2:45 pm14:45

Slice Literary Writers' Conference

  • St Francis College

Imbolo Mbue will be participating in a panel called "A Matter of Character," about building memorable, three-dimensional characters in fiction. Her fellow panelists will be Jade Chang, Lev Grossman, and Idra Novey.

***Please note this event is for Slice Literary Writers Conference registered attendees only.***

6:30 pm18:30

Reading and Discussion at Politics & Prose/Busboys & Poets - Washington, DC

  • @Busboys and Poets 14th & V

Imbolo Mbue will be reading from, and discussing, "Behold the Dreamers."

Imbolo will be in conversation with Aisha Saaka, Vice President of the Young African Professionals - YAP DC Network.

YAP is a network of more than 10,000 young African professionals in the D.C. Metro area, which provides a forum for professionals interested in Africa to engage with contemporary leaders in business, technology, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship; to network and discover opportunities among Africans; support Arts and culture from the African Diaspora; and promote entrepreneurial activities among our members.