Award-winning sci-fi author Lauren Beukes scheduled to visit NIU for June 10 public talk

Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes

The Friends of the NIU Libraries will host a talk by award-winning author Lauren Beukes during her U.S. book tour to promote her latest novel, “The Shining Girls,” a thriller about a time-traveling serial killer.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Beukes will conduct a question-and-answer session as well as a book-signing; she might also read a selection from the novel. Copies of “The Shining Girls” will be available for sale at the event.

Beukes is a native of South Africa whose work extends beyond novels to screenwriting, comic writing and journalism. Her novel “Zoo City” was awarded the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the most prestigious prize for science fiction work in Britain.

“She is a fantastic writer,” said Lynne M. Thomas, curator of Rare Books and Special Collections for the NIU Libraries. “Although she works within genre conventions, her work also hits the mainstream.”

For more information, call (815) 753-9838  or email libraryfriend@niu.edu.

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