The haunting of Lauren Beukes in a city of sadness #designindaba

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Violence is the failure of empathy, the failure of imagination, says Lauren Beukes, the South African whose novels have garnered international acclaim. Speaking at Design Indaba 2014, Beukes told us how we create stories to protect us from monsters — such as violence — as self-defence mechanisms.

The multi-channel book of the future (today)

Lauren Beukes is a much admired journalist who has just released her futuristic debut novel, Moxyland, that plays out in Cape Town and is in her own words a hi-tech fable of the day that “corporate apartheid separates the haves from the have-nots.” But the really interesting aspect of this publishing venture is the multi-channel approach Beukes took in marketing the book.

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