Literature

Dami Ajayi

Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani are the editors of the New Generation African Poets Series (Akashic Books), an annual box set anthology of chapbooks by poets of African descent who have yet to publish a full-length collection. Established in 2014, this series, currently in its fifth year, has played an influential role in creating a publishing platform for new voices.

The Mantle

One should know better than to ask a group of editors for book suggestions. You'll never get just one book, but rather a never ending list of favorites, and must-reads, and want-to-reads, and so on. Nevertheless, we've bravely asked our small-but-mighty team to put together a summer reading list for you all. What follows are the books that currently sit on our nightstands--partially read, waiting to be read, and recently finished.

Enjoy!

 

 

Chinenye Yvonne Ikwueme

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun
by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Cassava Republic Press (2016), 118 pages

 

Emmanuel IdumaShaun Randol

On Dec 1, The Mantle's editor in chief Shaun Randol and our author Emmanuel Iduma (The Sound of Things to Come) participated in a panel discussion at the Draper Program at NYU, along with Madhu Krishnan, assistant professor of 20th/ 21st-century p

Donald Molosi

The actor and playrwright Donald Molosi (Botswana) reads from his play Motswana: Africa, Dream Again. Motswana is the story of Botswana and its people as they transition from a British colony to an independent state. The play premiered off-Broadway in 2012 where it won an award at the United Solo Festival, the world’s largest solo theatre festival. Written, directed, and performed by Molosi, the play has been performed across the U.S. and is on tour in Botswana and South Africa.

Daimys E. Garcia

Shaun Randol

On August 28, The Mantle's founder, Shaun Randol, joined author Ayobami Adebayo (Nigeria) and writer Joel Ntwatwa (Uganda) to discuss Gambit: Newer African Writing (The Mantle) and African writing.

Shaun Randol

A young woman loses her grip on reality, destroyed by being the mistress of a powerful general. A pastor hides the innocent from marauding gangs hyped up by post-election fervor. A philosophy professor struggles against his better judgment to save everyone but himself. In present day Nigeria, there are many centers of the universe.

Nelson Lowhim

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. In this installment, author Nelson Lowhim explores his muses —both in life and in literature—and how they have guided his writing process.

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Darlena Cunha

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