Random House Reader’s Circle Live!
with Imbolo Mbue

Random House Book Club Event Featuring Oprah's Book Club Pick, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS

October 17, 2017 in New York, NY

Follow in Oprah’s footsteps and read BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue while joining Random House Reader’s Circle Live! event held at our flagship office in New York City. On Tuesday, October 17, at 6:00pm EST we will be featuring Oprah’s latest Book Club Selection and the PEN/Faulkner award-winning novel, as our October book club pick.

Random House Reader’s Circle Live! gives you the opportunity to meet with other book lovers to discuss BEHOLD THE DREAMERS. 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 the events in her life that led to writing her critically-acclaimed debut novel which weaves together the story of a Cameroonian immigrant and a Lehman Brothers executive during the 2008 financial crisis. She’ll also talk about her writing process, the experience of having her debut novel published, and being an Oprah Book Club Selection.

The $35 ticket price includes a trade paperback copy of BEHOLD THE DREAMERS (which will be delivered to your door prior to the event) and an additional book, gifted to you, at the event.

About Our Pick:

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS is Imbolo Mbue’s compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream and the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  It was selected as one the Best Books of 2016 by The New York Times Book Review, NPR and more.  The New York Times Book Review called it, “A capacious, big-hearted novel.”

Imbolo is a native of Limbe, Cameroon, the same town as the African characters in her novel. When she was eight her mother sent her to live with an aunt who had shelves full of books in her house and it was there Imbolo discovered the joy of reading. After graduating high school, relatives paid for her to study in the US, where she graduated from Rutgers and went on to earn a masters from Columbia. She was living and working in NYC in 2008 when the financial crisis hit: she lost her job in marketing, and like millions of people around America, she had a hard time finding a new job. About a year after she became unemployed, she was walking near the Time Warner building when she saw chauffeurs (some of whom looked like African immigrants) waiting for high-powered passengers. This was what gave her the idea for a story about a Cameroonian immigrant and the Lehman Brothers executive he worked for and the ways in which both men and their families were impacted by the recession. Having been inspired to start writing after reading Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon,” Imbolo would eventually spend five years writing what would become BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, our October pick.

Event Details

What was Included

  • Guaranteed seating
  • An Advance Reader's Edition of one of our favorite new reads
  • Opportunity to hear Imbolo Mbue speak
  • Wine & hors d'oeuvres

Date & Time

October 17, 2017
Doors Open at 5:30PM; Book Club begins at 6:00PM to 8:00PM


New York, NY

Random House
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019


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Location Random House Reader's Circle Live! is held at Random House, located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The address for Random House is 
1745 Broadway between 55th and 56th Street, 
New York, NY 10019.

A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R to 7th Avenue – 57th Street ; B, D, E to 7th Avenue – 53rd Street; 1, A, B, C, D to 59th Street – Columbus Circle

How do I reserve my seat? Seating is general admission on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to event start time.

Where can I contact Random House with any questions? For questions or suggestions, please email pr@randomhouse.com. For information regarding a press pass, please contact Sally Marvin at Random House at 212-572-2141 or smarvin@randomhouse.com.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, there is no need to bring a printed ticket to the event. Your name will be on the guest list.

What is the refund policy? Refunds are issued up until 48 hours before Random House Reader's Circle. After that time, tickets will be non-exchangeable, non-refundable and non-transferable.

Is my ticket transferable? No, unfortunately your ticket is non-transferable.

For more information on this Random House Reader's Circle and other upcoming Random House special events, visit http://www.randomhousebooks.com/events/.

About the Author

IMBOLO MBUE is a native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MA from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for more than a decade, she lives in New York City.

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, her critically acclaimed debut novel, won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was named by The New York Times and The Washington Post as one of their Notable Books of 2016. It was also named as a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and the The St. Louis Dispatch. The novel also won the 2017 Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award.