Join Superstition Review in congratulating past contributor Matthew Gavin Frank on his forthcoming book. Matthew will be releasing Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa on February 23, 2021.
Equal parts memoir and investigative reporting, the latest from Frank … is a page-turning tale of suspense…With novelistic writing, Frank masterfully weaves a fast-paced history of South Africa’s Diamond Coast, and the impact of De Beers controlling both the land and the government. His thorough reporting on mineworkers, their pigeons, and towns that have struggled in the wake of mine closures makes for compelling reading. The author excels in allowing people to speak for themselves, adding personal touches to a history of greed and trauma. VERDICT Frank writes a fascinating story of grief and history that will draw readers in from the first page. Must-read narrative nonfiction.Stephanie Sendaula, Library Journal
We previously featured Matthew’s poetry in both Issue 1,”For Cameron Hope” and “Vesper”, and Issue 7, “The Sticking-Place, Stripped Screws”. He has additionally been featured on our blog numerous times with his Guest Post, Memories of Arizona as Filtered Through Some Theories on the Sonoran Hot Dog, and with his interviews in both 2010 and 2012.