Shining Girls (Beukes)

Author Bio
Birth—June 5, 1976
Where—Johannesburg, South Africa
Education—M.A., University of Cape Town
Awards—Arthur C. Clarke Award; Kitschies Red
   Tentacle Award (Best Novel)
Currently—lives in Cape Town, South Africa

Lauren Beukes is a South African novelist, short story writer, journalist and TV scriptwriter. She was born and raised in South Africa and is of French and Dutch descent. Beukes has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and subsequently 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.

Beukes is most recently the author of The Shining Girls (2013), 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.

Her previous novel, Zoo City (2010), 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. The book was short- and long-listed for a host of other literary awards.The film rights have been optioned by South African producer, Helena Spring.

Her first novel was Moxyland (2008), a cyberpunk novel set in a future Cape Town. Her first  nonfiction work, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa's Past (2005), was long-listed for the 2006 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.

She has published short stories in several anthologies including Further Conflicts, Home Away, Touch: Stories of Contact, Open: Erotic Stories from South African Women Writers, FAB, African Road: New Writing from Southern Africa, 180 Degrees: New Fiction By South African Women Writers, and Urban 03.

Beukes is currently working on a novel called Broken Monsters, which is set in Detroit, Michigan.

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 the 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.

Beuke 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 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.

She won "Best Columnist Western Cape" in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards in 2007 and 2008.

Beukes made her comic-writing debut with "All The Pretty Ponies" in Vertigo's Strange Adventures. 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. (From Wikipedia. Retrieved 12/4/13.)

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