Alert! Fans of Zoo City, brace yourselves, news just in is that Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company has acquired the US rights to two new novels by 2011 Arthur C Clarke award winner, Lauren Beukes. The first of these, titled The Shining Girls, is set for release in May 2013.
Most significantly, the deal – carried out by Beukes’ agent, Oliver Munson – was done on the strength of a 16 000 word partial manuscript and a synopsis. We contacted Beukes, a long-time member of the Books LIVE community, who described the response to The Shining Girls as “amazing and a little scary.” She expressed, in particular, her gratitude at having the “experienced and kick-ass” Munson, “to hold my hand through the process and keep me laughing when it gets stressful.”
Said Beukes, “It’s humbling and exciting and quite surreal to be talking to awesome like-minded editors who totally get the book and are as excited about it’s potential as I am.”
In addition to the Mulholland acquisition, a UK auction is currently underway with a reported five publishers in the bidding. According to The Bookseller, the bidding for The Shining Girls, a “high concept thriller about a time travelling serial killer”, is “frantic”. Stay tuned as more information about this exciting development trickles in:
Oliver Munson of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency has sold North American rights in two novels by this year’s Arthur C. Clarke award winner Lauren Beukes, author of the novel Zoo City, to John Schoenfelder at Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company in a major pre-emptive deal. The first novel The Shining Girls – a high concept thriller about a time travelling serial killer – will be published by Mulholland in Spring 2013.
Beukes said of Schoenfelder, “I met John in New York and we connected on all the things we like from The Wire to Warren Ellis. Mulholland is a seriously stylish and progressive imprint with an edgily commercial list and they do awesome covers. It’s a great fit and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Schoenfelder said, “Zoo City is one of the most inventive novels I’ve come across in years and I’ve known for some time that Lauren is an author with immense potential. I am thrilled to be working with her in this next stage of her career and feel that The Shining Girls is a book tailor-made to introduce her talents to a much wider audience.”
Having turned down several attempts at a UK pre-empt, a UK auction is now underway with several publishers competing. A South African auction is expected and German rights in THE SHINING GIRLS + 1 have been pre-empted by Rowohlt with more deals expected in and around the Fair.
Lauren Beukes is an author, comics writer, TV scriptwriter, documentary director and occasional journalist. She lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
- Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
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