Imbolo Mbue was born and grew up in Cameroon. She moved to the United States for college and now lives in New York City. Imbolo has written two novels: her first was “Behold the Dreamers,” and her latest is called “How Beautiful We Were.” It tells the story of people living in a fictional village in Africa. Their land and way of life is being destroyed by an American oil company, and the people decide to fight back. Imbolo appeared at a virtual National Writers Series event and spoke with fellow author Rochelle Riley, director of arts and culture for the city of Detroit.