Lauren Beukes at dConstruct, 2012.
5 June 1976 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
Beukes, born in Johannesburg, currently lives in Cape Town. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. She worked as a freelance journalist for ten years, including two years in New York. She currently lives in Cape Town with her husband, television director Matthew Brown, and their daughter.
She is the author of The Shining Girls, a novel about a time-traveling serial-killer and the survivor who turns the hunt around. The TV rights have been acquired by MRC and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Shining Girls was published on 15 April 2013 by the Umuzi imprint of Random House Struik in South Africa, on 25 April 2013 by HarperCollins in the United Kingdom, and on 4 June 2013 by Mulholland Books in the United States. HarperCollins had won the international rights to the book in a fierce bidding war with several other publishers.
Her previous novel, Zoo City, a hardboiled thriller about crime, magic, the music industry, refugees and redemption set in a re-imagined Johannesburg won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the 2010 Kitschies Red Tentacle for best novel. It was short-listed for the 2010 BSFA Award for best novel, the 2011 World Fantasy award for best novel, the 2010-2011 University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize, the M-Net Literary Awards, the Nielsen's Booksellers' Choice Award 2011 and long-listed for South Africa's Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2011 and the 2012 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The cover artwork received the 2010 BSFA award for best art. The novel has also been short-listed for the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire in France for best foreign novel, best translation by Laurent Philibert-Caillat and best cover by Joey Hi-Fi. The film rights have been optioned by South African producer, Helena Spring.
Her first novel was Moxyland, a cyberpunk novel set in a future Cape Town. Both books were first published in South Africa by Jacana Publishing and released internationally by Osprey Publishing's Angry Robot imprint.
Her first book, the non-fiction Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa's Past (Oshun 2005) was long-listed for the 2006 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.
She has published short stories in several anthologies including "Further Conflicts" (NewCon Press 2011), Home Away (Zebra 2010), Touch: Stories of Contact (Zebra 2009), Open: Erotic Stories from South African Women Writers  (Oshun 2008), FAB (Umuzi 2007), African Road: New Writing from Southern Africa (New Africa Books 2005), 180 Degrees: New Fiction By South African Women Writers (Oshun 2006), and Urban 03 (New Africa Books 2005).
Film and television
As head writer for Clockwork Zoo, she was part of the development team that created South Africa's first half-hour animated TV series, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika. She also wrote 12 episodes of the Disney Playhouse show, Florrie's Dragons for Wish Films and episodes of the animated series Mouk for French production company Millimages.
She directed a feature-length documentary on Miss Gay Western Cape called Glitterboys & Ganglands. The film has shown at various festivals including The Atlanta Film Festival, Encounters, Out in Africa and won best LGBT film at the San Diego Black Film Festival.
She was also one of the writers, together with Ben Trovato and Tumiso Tsukudu on the pilot of controversial ZA News, a Spitting Image-style satire show with puppets based on the work of South African cartoonist, Zapiro. The pilot was commissioned by the SABC but never broadcast.
As a journalist, her articles have been published in a wide range of local and international magazines including The Hollywood Reporter, Nature Medicine and Colors as well as The Sunday Times Lifestyle, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and SL Magazine .
Lauren Beukes made her comic-writing debut with "All The Pretty Ponies" in Vertigo's Strange Adventures one-shot. She also wrote "The Hidden Kingdom", an arc of Fairest (issues #8-13), a spin-off of Bill Willingham's Eisner Award-winning Fables series.
- Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa's Past (2005)
- Moxyland (2008)
- Zoo City (2010)
- The Shining Girls (2013)
- Broken Monsters (TBA)
Beukes has published short fiction in various collections:
- Urban '03 (2004)
- African Road: New Writing from South Africa (2005)
- 180 Degrees: New Fiction By South African Women Writers (2006)
- FAB (2007)
- Open: Erotic Stories from South African Women Writers (2008)
- Touch: Stories of Contact (2009)
- Home Away: 24 Hours, 24 Cities, 24 Authors (2010)
- Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse (2011)
- "Lauren Beukes the writer who is inspired by the world | FirstStep.me- The Fun Side of Being Serious - Careers, Education, Finance, Travel & Business". FirstStep.me. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- Chantelle Gray van Heerden (6 May 2013). "Interviewing 'The Beukes'". Stellenbosch University. Retrieved 26 July 2013. "'It took a lot of people to make this book: ... and especially my husband, Matthew Brown who has been crazily supportive and amazing, playing single dad when I’m travelling, and is the one who has to deal with the crises of faith and self-doubt and forces me to stop moaning and just sit down and write'"
- "Matthew Brown". Retrieved 26 July 2013. "He currently lives in Cape Town with his wife, Lauren Beukes, and their daughter, Keitu."
- "Hot Book Shining Girls Acquired". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
- "The Shining Girls - Fiction - Lauren Beukes, - 9781415202012". Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "The Shining Girls". Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "The Shining Girls : Lauren Beukes - HarperCollins". Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "Mulholland Books | The Shining Girls". Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- Williams, Charlotte (7 October 2011). "Bidding frantic for Beukes' thriller". The Bookseller. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- Williams, Charlotte (21 October 2011). "Shining Girl Beukes lands at HC". The Bookseller. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "Arthur C. Clarke Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- Jared (2011-02-02). "The Kitschies: 2010 Red Tentacle Winner". Pornokitsch. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Burnham, Karen (2011-04-24). "BSFA Awards". Locus. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "World Fantasy Nominees and Lifetime Achievement Winners". Locus. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Ben (2011-04-14). "The 2010/2011 University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize Shortlists (English)". Books LIVE. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "M-Net Literary Awards Shortlists 2011". M-Net. 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "Nielsen Announces The Booksellers' Choice Award 2011 shortlist" (Press release). Nielsen BookScan. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Smith, Tymon (2011-07-07). "Longlist: The Fiction Prize". The Times. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "2012 Longlist". International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Del (26 April 2011). "BSFA Award 2010 - Winners". Matrix (BSFA). Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- Sophy (2012-04-02). "Zoo City Nominated for Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire (Plus: Interview with Joey Hi-Fi and Lauren Beukes)". Books LIVE. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Akitobi, Emmanuel (2011-11-29). "South African Sci-Fi Novelist Lauren Beukes' Zoo City To Get Film Adaptation | Shadow and Act". IndieWire. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Schimke, Karin (2008-04-02). "SA women dip their pens in saucy ink". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "Lauren Beukes: At the forefront of the global invasion". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- Brodie, Nechama (2011-06-10). "What's behind sashaying for the sash". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Carpenter, Avery (2012-02-17). "City documentary glitters at film festival - Cape Times". Cape Times. Independent Online. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Burbidge, Matthew (2009-05-27). "The show the SABC wouldn't let you see". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "Lauren Beukes novel coming to TV". Channel24. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- "Who will be Vodacom Journalist of the Year 2007?". BizCommunity. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "Regional Vodacom Journalist of the Year winners so far". BizCommunity. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Johnston, Rich (2011-04-24). "Lauren Beukes Joins Vertigo's Strange Adventures". Bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- Campbell, Josie (2012-01-20). "Willingham Picks the "Fairest" for "Fables" Spinoff". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "Shining Girl Beukes lands at HC". The Bookseller. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "Giveaway : Jeff Noon - Vurt (20th anniversary edition)". 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
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- Interview with the Mail & Guardian
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