It looks like author Lauren Beukes is going all the way as her book The Shining Girls gets signed up by MRC and Leonardo Dicaprio production company Appian Way. I came upon this information from the Hollywood Reporter as I tried to distract myself from watching the Groove Awards happening in Nairobi right now.
I met Lauren briefly in Cape Town in 2011 when I was one of the lucky folks that had gone to cover the Cape Town Jazz festival. It was at a little bar on the world famous Long Street where I got to share opinions with the South African author and she was pretty cool. Her title at the time was Zoo City and she went on to win the Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction in the same year. Good stuff right there.
This April she came out with her new title The Shining Girls a book about a time travelling serial killer and how he (I assume) gets busted. I am currently on page seventeen so I am hoping he gets his (but not in a pervie way). It looks good which makes sense seeing as she allegedly got a six figure advance for the tome. That’s a six figure advance in Dollars and not Kenya Shillings mind you.
So you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I read the Hollywood Report about the new link between the author and Leo’s company (note now that its Leo and not Leonardo – two degrees of separation dude!) and I have to say congratulations to the author.
When I am done I should totally review it on this space.