Lauri Kubuitsile

Portrait of Lauri Kubuitsile in black and white

Lauri Kubuitsile

Mahalapye

Lauri Kubuitsile is a novelist and author of more than 30 children’s books. She has been awarded several awards such as The Golden Baobab Prize for African children’s writing, the winner of the Botswana Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture’s Botswerere Prize for Creative Writing, and was a finalist for the 2011 Caine Prize. Her books are prescribed reading in schools in Botswana and South Africa.

Her historical novel, The Scattering (Penguin 2016), won Best International Fiction Book 2017 at the Sharjah International Book and was recommended by the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (UK) 2017. The North American rights have been bought by Waveland Press (USA) and it has been optioned for a film by a German production company.

Her second historical novel But Deliver Us from Evil was published by Penguin in May 2019. It was long-listed for the 2020 NOMMO award. In May 2020, her legal thriller/romance, Revelations, was published by Love Africa Press.

She lives happily in a village in Botswana with her daughter, grandson, three dogs and two cats.

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