The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Paperback)
The CLA hosted Paul Beatty's reading and signing for The Sellout on March 19, 2019. Paul Beatty’s most recent novel, The Sellout, made the author the first American to win the Man Booker Prize. The bestselling novel was also awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and the John Dos Passos Prize and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, Newsweek, The Denver Post, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly.
The Sellout is a biting satire on race in America, a story of an Anglophobic living on the outskirts of Los Angeles, and at its heart, a story of the narrator’s relationship with his dead father. The Sellout has garnered praise from NPR who calls the novel "a comic masterpiece" and "a bruising novel that readers will likely never forget" by The Los Angeles Times and "a madhouse of insight into race in America" by Buzzfeed.
Paul Beatty is among the funniest and most fearless writers in contemporary fiction. He has been called “one of the shrewdest cultural commentators, and hilarious cutups, of his generation” (Interview). In a voice both acerbic and expansive, Beatty creates unforgettable characters and haunting settings that strike at the very heart of race, sex, and language in America. In addition to The Sellout, Beatty is the author of Slumberland, Tuff, The White Boy Shuffle, and two volumes of poetry. He is also the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. Beatty is currently working on a new novel, as well as an anthology of nonblack writers writing on blackness, titled Negro Sunshine, out in 2020. He speaks on fiction and social critique.