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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 BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer