Lauren Beukes is making serious waves. And although I’ve seen her books come out and I’ve seen loads of people reading them, I’ve never actually read any of her novels. Until about a week ago. I just couldn’t ignore the existence of such an influential local author any longer. I’m speedily making my from Moxy Land, through Zoo City and on to The Shining Girls (her latest offering) and I can’t wait to get there.
Not only is The Shining Girls doing incredibly well locally, it’s also leaving it’s imprint overseas. Just have a look here, Wired.com reviewed it.
And now it’s turning into an art show. A whole cluster of local artists are going to work on an exhibition together, each ripping a page out of the novel and doing whatever they want with it. The proceeds will go to Rape Crisis. Not much is yet finalised, but artists that have been confirmed include Conrad Botes, Kudzanai Chiurai,Faith47, Joey Hi-Fi and DALEast. The exhibition will run from 6-11 September in collaboration with the Open Book Festival in Cape Town’s fringe district.