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.
Contributors include: 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), Suzanne Ushie (Nigeria).
"For anyone curious about the intersection of critical thought and artistic feeling in contemporary writing from Africa, GAMBIT offers an opening." —A. Igoni Barrett
"A brilliant collection. The interviews are thoughtful and show the commitment of these writers to their craft." —Helon Habila
"GAMBIT takes what we think we know of 'African' writing and spins it on its head." —Maaza Mengiste
"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