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My African Book Diary | The Unlovable Serial Killer

I made the mistake of reading Broken Monsters while my husband was away for a few days playing out-of-town shows. Bad idea. Broken Monsters is a disturbing and scary piece of work. I couldn’t go back to sleep not because I feared that a ghost would pop out of the shadows. I just couldn’t get the picture […]

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Human And Animal Bodies Chopped And Sewn Together? It’s Called African Scifi

  Last year, the South African science fiction writer, Lauren Beukes, challenged what we thought we knew about serial killers and crime fiction. But most of all, she challenged our assumptions about what constitutes an African novel. Shinning Girls is set in Chicago and features American characters. Of course, the novel has Africa written all […]

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The Horribly Violent True Story Behind Lauren Beukes’ Shinning Girls

  Really sad story. The Shinning Girls is a gripping thriller about a time traveling serial killer who slit the guts open of his female victims. I read the novel last summer, and it certainly was tough to get through the details of these murders. The South African novelist said all along that she purposely played up […]

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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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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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Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

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