Digital Bedbugs, a new anthology edited by Caine Prize winner Makena Onjerika, has been available for readers since January 15, 2020.
Makena Onjerika burst onto the African literary scene when she won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2018 for her story Fanta Blackcurrant. Since then, we have heard her writing in anthologies like the recently launched Nairobi Noir and the Waxwing Mag.
We had heard that she was doing writing workshops for emerging writers in Nairobi and hadn’t paid too much attention as there are quite a few of those happening in that city. So you can imagine our joy when it emerged that she wasn’t just doing workshops; those who went through them would be featured in an anthology she would edit. The anthology from the workshops from 2018 and 2019 has been available since January this year and has the following blurb;
Straight out of Nairobi, come 12 stories of convicts and their mobile phones; an illicit house warmer who swears he didn’t kill the kid; a man who cannot help running through the night stark naked; a cop who excels at making bodies disappear; a husband who doesn’t want sex and a wife who must have some with him by all means necessarily; a mother who sends her son interesting photography; a music instrument that induces psychosis; the unhealthy consequences of Nairobi nightlife; incels who know their knives; a reverend, his farm and his prize bull; horses, oaths and machetes; and of course, an unplanned trip to Kerala. Featured writers include Sophie Gitonga, Sanaa Jabeen, Sheeba Jacob, Alvin Kathembe, Olivia Kidula, Munene Kilongi, Dennis Mugaa, Awuor Mugeni, Shalom Ndiku, Gladwell Pamba, Kiprono Tonui and Shiru Waweru. This anthology represents the work of new and emerging writers based in Nairobi who, in 2018 and 2019, participated in the Nairobi Fiction Writing Workshop, led by Caine Prize for Writing winner, Makena Onjerika.
If you want to check out this new anthology, you can get your copy at Amazon.