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October 26, 2016

Meet the Man Booker prize 2016 winner : Paul Beatty

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A contemporary U.S author, Paul Beatty has won the Man Booker Prize for the year 2016. He won this award for his novel "The Sellout". With this win, he became the first American to be awarded the prize in its 48-year history. The Sellout, set in LA and which includes the fallout from the unjust shooting of an African-American at the hands of the police, was described by judges as a "novel of our times".

About Paul Beatty :

  • Books :
    • The White Boy Shuffle (1996)
    • Tuff (2000)
    • Slumberland (2008)
    • The Sellout (2015)
  • Awards :
    • Winner of Man Booker Prize 2016
    • 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction), winner for The Sellout.[13]
    • 2016 Man Booker Prize winner for The Sellout.

About the book "The Sellout" :

  • The novel takes place in and around Los Angeles and concerns a protagonist who grows artisanal marijuana and watermelons.
    Beatty has stated his motivation for writing the novel was that "hewas broke".

About Man Booker Prize 2016

  • First Awarded in : 1969 
  • This prize carries a top cash award of ₤50,000 ($76,000)
  • Last year's winner : Marlon James (Jamaica) for his book “A Brief History of Seven Killings"
  • Note : The award, which was open to only Commonwealth, Irish, and Zimbabwean citizens earlier, widened to all English language novels in 2013.
This year's Shortlisted Authors for Man Booker Prize 2016
  • Paul Beatty (US) - The Sellout [winner]
  • Deborah Levy (UK) - Hot Milk
  • Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) - His Bloody Project
  • Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – Eileen
  • David Szalay (Canada-UK) - All That Man Is
  • Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing 

Important Note

Don't be confused between Man Booker International Prize and Man Booker Prize. Both are different. You can check complete details about these two prizes and their differences from here.

Recent Winners :
  • Man Booker International Prize 2016 : South Korean author Han Kang has won the Man Booker International Prize on 19th May 2016 for her novel 'The Vegetarian'.
  • Man Booker Prize 2016 : Paul Beatty (US) has won the Man Booker Prize for the year 2016 for his book "The Sellout".
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