The African Literary Podcast episode 13, sponsored by Prestige Books, interviews South African novelist, short story writer, journalist and television scriptwriter Lauren Beukes from the Sharjah International Book Fair 2018.
Lauren Beukes is the author of the books Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past (2004), Moxyland (2008), Zoo City (2010), The Shining Girls (2013), Broken Monsters (2014), and Motherland (2019). Her comics include The Wonder Woman, All The Survivors Club, The Pretty Ponies, and The Hidden Kingdom. She has won many awards for her writing including the Mbokodo Awards, the Strand Critics Award, and the Arthur C Clarke Award, the biggest award for science fiction in the world, for Zoo City in 2011. She is the only African to have won it so far.
The Cape Town resident spoke to us during the Sharjah International Book Fair about the importance of art (prescient in a Covid19 world), the anger that inspired The Shining Girls and the positive effect of the Arthur C Clarke Award on her writing career.
We would like to thank Prestige Books for sponsoring this edition of the podcast. Prestige Books is your favourite bookstore for African and other literatures with branches on Mama Ngina Street in the Central Business District and at the Lavington Mall.
You can listen to it here.