“African Synergy: A Literary Salon” A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event

Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event
“African Synergy: A Literary Salon”

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016; 6:30 p.m.

The Center for Arts & Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation [Restoration Plaza]
1368 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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.

About the Participants

In 1998, Imbolo Mbue moved to the United States from Cameroon. She holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MA from Columbia University and has published fiction in Threepenny Review. She lives with her husband and two children in Manhattan. Behold the Dreamers is her first novel. www.imbolombue.com

Okey Ndibe is the author of the novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain. His memoir, Never Look an American in the Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian-American, will be published October 2016. He earned an MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has taught at Brown University, Trinity College, Simon’s Rock College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He is the 2015 Shearing Fellow of the Black Mountain Institute (BMI) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he is writing a novel titled Native Tongues. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, BBC online, The Guardian (U.K.), Financial Times, and D La Repubblica (Italy). okeyndibe.com

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
10 a.m. – 6.p.m.
For more information, visit brooklynbookfestival.org.