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Congratulations to Africa’s Sci-fi queen Lauren Beukes. Rights for Shinning Girls have been acquired by Media Rights Capital and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. Hollywood Reporter officially broke the new news a few days ago.

 A while back, Beukes announced that she was in talks about the rights for the novel, but I wasn’t expect something this big. Don’t expect to see a movie. Shining Girls is going to be a TV adaptation.

Even though Shining Girls is her fourth novel,  Zoo City was the game changer. After winning the Author C. Clarke Science Fiction Award for Zoo City, her popularity skyrocketed. Earlier this year, Shinning Girls was listed as one of the African novels to look forward to in 2013.

Certainly a big week for Africa novels. Congrats to Beukes!

Here’s the trailer for the novel.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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