March 19, 2019
101 Paseo de San Antonio
San José, CA
Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by Associate Professor of Justice Studies and Director of the Human Rights Program at SJSU, William Armaline – plus a book sale and signing.
Novelist 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. With his most recent novel, The Sellout, Beatty became 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 named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, Newsweek, The Denver Post, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. 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.