Turn The Page wishes you a happy new month. We hope October has been good enough to you so far.
This month, Turn The Page’s book club meetings will continue as has been the norm, every after a fortnight.
In the last meeting, on September 30, we were honoured to host and interact with the Lantern Meet of Poets. They were kind enough to share with us their history and future plans. Those, and more are detailed in an interview we documented and shared on our site.
For October, we will have two meetings, one on Friday, October 14, when we will meet to have a conversation on, Gambit: Newer African Writing, our common text for the month.
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.
Gambit features the following contemporary African writers, most who have gone on to publish notable long reads or novels of their own: 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).
Joel Benjamin Ntwatwa, who has preciously reviewed Gambit has promised us his leadership through this conversation.
The book club meeting will take place in Hive Colab, on the 4th Floor of Kanjokya House, on Kanjokya Street. It will be starting at 5PM.
We will be delighted to share your wonderful company.
To better prepare for the meet, it would be more than nice to place an order for your own copy by texting or calling us on +25677010990, or WhatsApp-ing us on +254714306507, or placing an order here.
The second book club meeting will take place in the same venue, at the same time, but on October 28. We will be hosting a notable Ugandan writer whose details will be shared soon.
Please, turn more pages.