Lauri-KabuitsileLAURI KUBUITSILE is a full-time writer living in Botswana. She has written numerous books of various genres for children, teens and adults, which have been published in southern Africa and abroad. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines around the world. She also writes regularly for South Africa’s FunDza Literacy Trust, which makes stories available to young adults on their cellphones. 

The author of more than twenty novels, Kubuitsile has won or been shortlisted for numerous writing prizes. In 2007, she won the Botswana Ministry of Youth and Cultures’ Botswerere prize for Creative Writing. The following year, she won the Bessie Head Literature Prize for Short Story. She won the Pan-African Golden Baobab Prize for children’s literature in 2009 and 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for her story In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata. 

Signed, Hopelessly in Love is the title of Kubuitsile’s humourous teen book which was chosen by O, the Oprah Magazine as one of the best books from 2011; the sequel, titled Signed, The Secret Keeper is now available. Signed, Hopelessly in Love was also shortlisted for South Africa’s MER Prize in September 2012. 

Kubuitsile’s books are read in schools in Botswana, both at primary and secondary level, and are now also read in South African schools, with her amusing book, The Second Worst Thing, having been recently CAPS approved for grade 7. 

Published by Black Crake Books, Kubuitsile’s latest book, The Vanishings, is an adult detective novel and available from March this year. This offering introduces the new detective duo, Dambuza Chakalisa and Delly Woods and is about the mysterious disappearances of people around the tourist town of Maun Botswana. 

Lauri blogs at Thoughts from Botswana http:/


Bibliography (Selected) 

Signed, The Secret Keeper, Diamond Educational Publishers, 2013 

The Second Worst Thing, Oxford University Press, 2013 

Elephants, Macmillan (UK), 2013 

Claws of a Killer, self-published at Amazon Kindle, 2012 

Love in the Shadows, Sapphire Press (an imprint of Kwela Books), 2012