Paul Beatty is the first American ever to win the Man Booker Prize


Congratulations to Paul Beatty, the first American ever to win the Man Booker Prize. The Sellout, written by Paul Beatty in 2015, “reads like the most concussive monologues and interviews of Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle wrapped in a satirical yet surprisingly delicate literary and historical sensibility.”

Since it’s publication in March 2015, Beatty’s work has taken the literary industry by storm. Just take a look at a few of the accolades this book has garnered since its release:

  • The Sellout by Paul BeattyWinner of the 2016 ALA Notable Books in Fiction
  • Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction
  • Named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal
  • Nominee for the 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction

New York Times Review: In the end, the novel reminded me of “Black Twitter.” For every “smdh” I was “lmbao” — if you have to ask what these terms mean, maybe you shouldn’t. If not a classic, “The Sellout” is destined to be a ­really good cult jam. It’s a post-soul ­parody, trying to feel more like the skits between songs than the song itself. And Beatty, a little like your daddy’s radio, mostly skips hip-hop, reckoning more with life before hip-hop went global. He tries instead to go back in time and do what gangsta rap did in protesting ­oppression through its fantasia — ­using farce instead of pretend force. These days, one might be mistaken for the other — though not exactly forgiven.

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