The Launch: Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

24 May

The South African launch of Zoo City (the first, at least) will be happening tomorrow at The Book Lounge in Cape Town – I won’t be able to make it, but for those of you who can and need or want more details, here we go:

Here are the details again, in case you can’t see them:

You can find The Book Lounge at the following address: 71 Roeland Street, cnr Buitenkant, in Cape Town, and the launch is scheduled to kick off at from 6PM (but be there early!).

To RSVP your place, you can email The Book Lounge at booklounge (at) gmail (dot) com, or phone them on (021) 462 2425.

Here’s a bit on what you can expect at the launch, courtesy of Lauren herself:

“My new book, Zoo City, is out next week and we’re celebrating at The Book
Lounge with customised toys, black zoo biscuits and a lot of marabou storks.
And the book of course!

Here’s the blurb, just in case you can’t make it.

Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for
finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops
confiscate her last paycheck, she¹s forced to take on her least favourite
kind of job missing persons.

Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop
star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the
criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell¹s

Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime
and magic, where she¹ll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former
lives including her own.

Love to see you there.”

For those of you who can’t make it to the launch, order your copies of Zoo City here, and for those in the UK starving for another Lauren-fix, pre-order your copies here (the book will be available in September in the UK).

Expect my review sometime during next week, and for all those attending, enjoy the launch! 🙂


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