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So Many Ways To Stay Socially-Conscious As an African Writer—The Case of Lauren Beukes’ Charity Art Show

South African sci-fi writer, Lauren Beukes, shows us that there’s more than one way to stay socially conscious as an African novelist. It’s not always by writing some grand political fiction that a writer shows political commitment. Achebe may not see Beukes’s sci-fi/thriller fiction as novels that “teach” in his political understanding of the word. But […]

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Bandele’s Promising Trailer, Beukes’ DiCaprio Deal. Is This A New Dawn For African Fiction?

The trailer for Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun looks promising. I’m willing to bet on its box office success. A few weeks ago, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company bought the rights for Shinning Girls, a crime thriller written by South African Sci-fi writer, Lauren Beukes. Is this a trend that will last? Will […]

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The Magical Science of Fiction: A Review of Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City

Zoo City is not science fiction in the classic sense. There are no flying saucers, sexy body suits, slimy aliens, or sterilized outer space stations. There is witchcraft, 419, drugs, and genetic mutation. Zoo City, written by South Africa’s Lauren Beukes, is certainly among the small cluster of African novels that have tried to stay true to the […]

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Lauren Beukes — The Women in My Novel “Aren’t Nameless, Silent Corpses”

From the beginning, I didn’t want to elevate Harper to a slick, sophisticated, Hannibal Lecter-esque serial murderer. I wanted Harper to be more vile and awful, a cringing hyena rather than uber-predator. And it was equally important to me that I give each of Harper’s victims a voice: They aren’t nameless, silent corpses, and a […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Acquires Beukes’ Shining Girls for TV

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 […]

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Lauren Beukes on the Literary Prize that Got Her the Book Deal

In the increasingly competitive literary market, success depends on knowing how to capitalize on any chance at notoriety.  It is not just about winning literary prizes and contest, but converting these brief moments under the spotlight into something more substantial.  After the five minutes of social media fame you got from winning that literary prize is […]

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As we mourn the death of George Floyd, whose life was brutally taken by a white police officer in Minneapolis, […]

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