26 October 2016 Current Affairs: Paul Beatty became the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize. He won the award for his racial satire, 'The Sellout' at a ceremony in London's Guildhall.
The novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles. Chair of the Judges, Amanda Foreman, said the book managed to eviscerate every social taboo.
Beatty was honoured with the prize money of 50000 Euros from the Duchess of Cornwall, a trophy and a designer bound edition of his book. The shortlisted authors each received 2500 Euros and a specially bound edition of their book. 2016 Man Booker shortlist included
Paul Beatty :
- The Sellout - Paul Beatty (US)
- Hot Milk - Deborah Levy (UK)
- Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh (US)
- His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK)
- All That Man Is - David Szalay (Canada-UK)
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing - Madeleine Thien (Canada)
He was born in Los Angeles in 1962 and now lives in New York.
His previous novels are Slumberland (2008), Tuff (2000) and The White Boy Shuffle (1996).He received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and a MA in psychology from Boston University.
In 1990, Beatty was crowned the first ever Grand Poetry Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.The Sellout: Paul Beatty :
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, the Sellout is a 304-page novel and narrates story of a boy born in the agrarian ghetto of Dickens, on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles. It talks about his isolated upbringing and the race trail that sends him to the Supreme Court.