Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes

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Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling novelist who also writes screenplays, TV shows, comics and journalism. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and have been optioned for film and TV.Her awards include the Arthur C Clarke Award, the prestigious University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Prize, the Strand Critics Choice Award and the RT Thriller of the Year. She’s been honoured in South Africa’s parliament and most recently won the Mbokondo Award from the Department of Arts and Culture, celebrating women in the arts for her work in the Creative Writing field. She is the author of Broken Monsters, about art, ambition, damaged people and not-quite-broken cities, The Shining Girls, about a time-travelling serial killer, the nature of violence, and how we are haunted by history, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical noir set in Johannesburg which won the Arthur C Clarke Award and Moxyland, a dystopian political thriller about a corporate apartheid state where people are controlled by their cell phones. Her first book was a feminist pop-history, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past, which has recently been reprinted. Her comics work includes Survivors' Club, an original Vertigo comic with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly, the New York Times-bestselling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom with Inaki Miranda, and a Wonder Woman one-shot for kids, “The Trouble With Cats” in Sensation Comics, set in Mozambique and Soweto and drawn by Mike Maihack. Her film and TV work includes directing the documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands, about Cape Town’s biggest female impersonation beauty pageant. The film won best LGBT film at the San Diego Black Film Festival.She was the showrunner on South Africa’s first full length animated TV series, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika which ran for 104 half hour episodes from 2006-2009 on SABC3. She’s also written for the Disney shows Mouk and Florrie’s Dragons and on the satirical political puppet show,ZANews and Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s South African Story.Before that she was a freelance journalist for eight years, writing about electricity cable thieves, TB, circumcision, telemedicine, great white sharks, homeless sex workers, Botswana’s first female high court judge, and Barbie as a feminist icon for magazines ranging from The Sunday Times Lifestyle to Nature Medicine, Colors, The Big Issue and Marie Claire. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her daughter. www.laurenbeukes.comTwitter.com/laurenbeukes Instagram.com/laurenbeukes Facebook.com/laurenbeukesAwards & Achievements2015 South Africa’s Mbokondo Award for Women In The Arts: Creative Writing2014 August Derleth Award for The Shining Girls2014 Strand Critics Choice Award for The Shining Girls2014 NPR Best Books of the Year Broken Monsters2014 LA Times Best Books of the Year Broken Monsters2013 University of Johannesburg Literature Prize for The Shining Girls2013 RT Thriller of the Year for The Shining Girls2013 WHSmith Richard & Judy BookClub Choice2013 Exclusive Books’ Bookseller’s Choice for The Shining Girls2013 Amazon Best Mysteries and Thrillers for The Shining Girls2011 Kitschies Red Tentacle for Zoo City2010 Arthur C Clarke Award for Zoo City
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes
Zoo City
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The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes
The Shining Girls
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Moxyland, Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes
Moxyland
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