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Booker winner Paul Beatty speaks at December preview event

Booker winner Paul Beatty speaks at December preview event

Paul BeattyThis year’s Man Booker Prize-winning author Paul Beatty talks about his race satire The Sellout – described by the judges as ‘a novel of our times . . . a tirelessly inventive modern satire’.

The event takes place at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre at 7pm on December 16.

Beatty is the first American author to win the Booker prize, which was opened three years ago to any author writing originally in English and published in the UK.

The main character of the novel sets out to assert his African American identity by bringing back slavery and segregation. His actions land him in the US Supreme Court.

‘[A] howl-a-passage assault on the pieties of race debates in America . . . outrageous, hilarious and profound . . . It takes a whole other level of sheer audacity to expose atrocious things through the play of wit. Beatty plays for high stakes – but he wins. His brilliant, beautiful and weirdly poignant book knocks the stuffing out of right-thinking solemnities and he delivers droll wisdoms besides which the most elevated rants . . . pale into ponderous sententiousness . . . Juiciness stains every lovely page of Beatty’s mad, marvellous, toothsome book.’
Simon Schama, Financial Times


The novel was turned down by 18 publishers and eventually published by the small independent publisher, Oneworld. The publisher is celebrating its second consecutive Booker prize after publishing last year’s winner, A History of Killings by Marlon James.

Beatty was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York. He is also author of the novels Slumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffle, and of two works of poetry. Beatty also teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine