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Don’t miss this chance to support this amazing literary project. Emmanuel Iduma and Shaun Randol have put together a great collection  of new writings from all over Africa. The title of the collection is Gambit: Newer African Writing.

But they need 4300 dollars to cover payment of writers, including editorial and production costs and are asking all lovers of literature out there to support their indiegogo fundraising campaign.

The campaign has 7 days to go, but the target amount of 4300 is short of 570 dollars. So please click HERE to chip in and learn more about sponsorships and perks.

The Gambit Story

You know Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka—now meet Africa’s next powerful literary voices. Gambit: Newer African Writing is a collection of nine interviews and original short stories by writers from across Africa. This is the first book of its kind.

There are a few anthologies of African literature, but none of them focus on young writers, and none of them feature interviews plus short stories. Gambit is wholly unique!!

The stories in Gambit 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. Furthermore, unlike other anthologies, Gambit‘s writers are mostly based in their home countries, putting them closer to the social themes they lyrically confront.

Why include the interviews? Because we want to inform and inspire. Stories are not written in a vacuum: they are drafted out of experience by real people living complicated lives. We hope that the interviews in this volume not only shed light on the experiences and inspirations of the authors, but also encourage young writers to take up the pen and share their stories.

Reading literature from around the world helps to bridge cultural divides and increase understanding and appreciation of other cultures and experiences. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, it is crucial that we build respect and awareness of the lives and lands with which we are ever-more connected. Gambit is one project toward this effort.

Gambit will be published (paperback) by The Mantle, an online forum that publishes emerging, critical voices from around the world. Gambit is edited by Mantle contributor and novelist Emmanuel Iduma (from Nigeria) and The Mantle’s editor-in-chief Shaun Randol (based in New York City). We will use the printing services of McNally Jackson bookstore in New York.

We have the interviews. We have the short stories. All we need is your help to make Gambit a reality.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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