Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize

U.S. author Paul Beatty won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday for his satire The Sellout, making him the first American to receive the literary award. The novel provides a humorous and biting take on race in the United States. “The truth is rarely pretty, and this is a book that nails the reader to the cross with cheerful abandon,” Amanda Foreman, the head of the judging panel, said before the winner was announced Tuesday. Up until 2014, the Man Booker was reserved for authors from Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth nations.