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Lauren Beukes

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Zoo City

I’ve been dying to share the Zoo City cover artwork by the amazing (and amazingly humble and generous and nice) John Picacio for ages and ages and ages. Trust me, AGES. And I’m terrible at keeping things in.

So I’ve very happy it’s finally out there in the world (and here on BookSA, which is technically part of the world) and it’s been getting some great reactions already.


Here’s a round-up of some of them.

Dave Brendan’s SciFi and Fantasy Webblog was first to break the news.

Stomping On Yeti on how newer genre imprints are more forward-thinking in their publicity and art departments (even if Patrick preferred the Moxyland cover) with “bonus points for avoiding any potential Liar-esque RaceFail. (refer Mandy Watson’s upcoming story for more on this).

And here’s John Picacio on the making-of.

As for what Zoo City is? Here’s Angry Robot‘s blurb:

Zinzi has a talent for finding lost things.

To save herself, she’s got to find the hardest thing of all:

The truth.

FILE UNDER: Modern Fantasy [Black magic noir / Pale Crocodile / Spirit Guardians / Lost stars]

It’ll be out in June 2010 worldwide.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    January 13th, 2010 @10:11 #

    Really stunning. And having had a sneak preview of the brilliant novel that lies under the artwork (which is unputdownable, highly original, fantastical freaky noir), they do each other justice.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    January 13th, 2010 @10:31 #

    Lauren, I am SO impressed at the waves this is making. And deeply, beyond impressed that your publishers allowed you so much input. A couple of us were just discussing how, when it comes to covers, authors are usually only allowed to say whether we like or not -- heaven forbid we might actually have ideas...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    January 13th, 2010 @11:33 #

    I can't wait to read it, Lauren.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    January 13th, 2010 @13:50 #

    Wonderful, Lauren - just perfect!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    January 13th, 2010 @14:23 #

    Looking forward to this!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    January 13th, 2010 @21:06 #

    Congratulations! Can't wait.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    January 13th, 2010 @21:07 #

    André just came into my study: a very enthusiastic "I LIKE!".


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