Writing

Stanley Gazemba

The idea for Forbidden Fruit came to me in the expansive garden of an old colonial bungalow in Nairobi’s Lavington Estate, where I was then working as a gardener. Although the book was first published in Kenya in 2002 as The Stone Hills of Maragoli, it reverted to its working title when it was reissued by my American publisher, The Mantle, in 2017. We were in the middle of our Nairobi “winter,” around June or July. Back then the seasons were fairly regular and predictable, before the Global Warming monster came upon us.

Emmanuel Iduma

While in university, the highlights of stories I wrote occurred to me during strolls. My parents lived on a university campus in Ile-Ife, at the edge of the staff quarters. It would take me twenty minutes to get to school from our house. I walked mostly at night. Done with the day’s work, and so fatigued I sometimes dozed on the road. I saw the value in being somnambulant, and the promise stupor held: the right name for a character on the tip of my tongue.

Nelson Lowhim

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 RandolYahia Lababidi

In this edition of The Mantle's podcast (available on Soundcloud), Shaun Randol speaks with Egyptian-American writer Yahia Lababidi on the occasion of the publication of his sixth book, Balancing Acts: New and Select Poems: 1993 - 2015 (Press53).

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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Phil Hanrahan

Writer’s Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. In this third installment by author Phil Hanrahan, he discusses his research trip and continuing work on a book about the Burren College of Art in western Ireland’s singular Burren region. The book is currently titled Moonlight in County Clare.

Jessica Pishko

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. Writer Jessica Pishko parses her memories as a first year law student and of the summer she worked on a death penalty case in North Carolina for her debut novel A Trial for Grace.

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Shaun Randol

Betsy Robinson

“I’m sorry, but I don’t feel strongly enough about your mother’s book to do a blurb for it,” writes my author friend.

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