Gambit: Newer African Writing

Gambit: Newer African Writing is a unique collection of nine interviews and original short stories by emerging writers from across Africa. The stories in this anthology reflect the nuances that arise from living in a post-postcolonial Africa, where stereotypes are crumbling and writers are willing to tackle themes that are more social than political. Unlike other anthologies of African writing, Gambit's contributors are mostly based in their home countries, putting them closer to the themes they lyrically confront. The interviews provide insight into the writers' inspirations, fears, hopes, and craft. The short stories reveal a range of experiences that are alive with grace, resilience, and humor. Gambit is one way to rediscover today's writing from the African continent.


Featuring: Abdul Adan (Somalia), Ayobami Adebayo (Nigeria), Dami Ajayi (Nigeria), Richard Ali (Nigeria), Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria), Dango Mkandawire (Malawi), Donald Molosi (Botswana), Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Zimbabwe), and Suzanne Ushie (Nigeria)


Gambit is edited by Mantle contributor and novelist Emmanuel Iduma and The Mantle’s editor-in-chief Shaun Randol.


May 2016
anthology | short stories | interviews | pb | 280 pgs
6" x 9"


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The short stories featured in Gambit are also available for purchase on Amazon Kindle in the U.S. UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and India; interviews not included.


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Praise for Gambit


For anyone curious about the intersection of critical thought and artistic feeling in contemporary writing from Africa, Gambit offers an opening. --A. Igoni Barrett, Love Is Power, or Something Like That


A brilliant collection. The interviews are thoughtful and show the commitment of these writers to their craft. --Helon Habila, Oil on Water; editor of The Granta Book of the African Short Story


Gambit takes what we think we know of "African" writing and spins it on its head. --Maaza Mengiste, Beneath the Lion's Gaze


This is a generous book. It is impressive in the diversity and range of it conversations; the stories are some of the best discoveries in contemporary African writing I have made this year. --Chika Unigwe, Night Dancer



Publicity and Reviews


Reviewed by Africa Book Link

Reviewed by This Is Africa 

Reviwed by Joel Ntwatwa at (Uganda)

Reviewed by Afridiaspora 

Reviewed by Black National magazine (Zimbabwe).

Reviewed for the Africa Book Club.

Selected as the book-of-the-month by the Africa Book Club.

"Reading Africa: How Exciting Literature Takes Us Beyond the Dreary Headlines" (Shaun Randol) in Informed Comment

Emmanuel Iduma was interviewed by Africa In Words about Gambit, his writing, and related subjects.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Gambit contributor, short-listed for the 2013 Caine Prize!

Shaun Randol interviewed about Gambit on Truthdig Radio.

Emmanuel Iduma wrote about Gambit as the "sound of things to come" in his short essay on "the next frontier for African literature" published in Think Africa Press.

South Africa's popular Books Live, a resource for southern African writers and publishers, showed our fundraiser some "link love."


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