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Lauren Beukes

@ Sunday Times Books LIVE

We Have Lift-Off (Almost)

The books have arrived at The Book Lounge. They’re beautiful. With rounded corners ala Battlestar Galactica. Hooray! (And also, phew!)

We have 143 hand-painted black zoo biscuits (food-colouring personally applied by the author & co. including the bassist for Coal, 2 animation directors, a shit-hot local designer, a scriptwriter and a peacekeeper who just got back from Rwanda and probably had more important things to do.)

We have 5 special edition Zoo City Bares from am i collective.

The toys are illustrated by am i collective, Joey Hi-fi (ZC’s cover designer), Willeen le Roux and Bia van Deventer & Carine Nguz.

The bares designs are inspired by the book. After being exhibited in Cape Town, Joburg and (hopefully) London, they’ll be auctioned online in July. All proceeds will go to The Suitcase Project, an organisation that works with refugee kids in Hillbrow where Zoo City is set.

We have posters and marabou storks galore.

We have a projector (currently projecting upside down) and a gorgeous video put together by Sam Wilson.

We have themed food and sponsored wine (thanks Leopard’s Leap)

And we have one rather nervous author (with a slick new haircut).

Zoo City book launch is a go! In less than three hours time…


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    May 25th, 2010 @15:24 #

    Oooh! Rounded corners! Damn - wish I were there.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Mandy J Watson</a>
    Mandy J Watson
    May 25th, 2010 @15:44 #

    Highlight of my day, although I suspect that by the time I get there all the biscuits will be gone :(

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    May 25th, 2010 @15:46 #

    Can't wait can't wait... those rounded corners are SO 2011.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    May 26th, 2010 @16:30 #

    Totally kick-ass. So glad to share the evening with you all last night. Hope you win a bucket of awards!


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