African American Literature: Sellout

Tuesday, November 21, 7-8:30 pm, Gibbs-MorrisonBook cover

The discussion title for this month is Sellout by Paul Beatty, winner of the Man Booker Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. Reading this book is like running a race trying to keep up with Beatty’s references, humor and stinging satire and being unable to catch your breath for laughing and shock. Please join me for this discussion. I need your insights.

Per Mark Levin in his starred review in Booklist: “Beatty, author of the deservedly highly praised The White Boy Shuffle (1996), here outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [The Sellout] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.”

Copies of the book are available at the RA Desk on the second floor of the Evanston Public Library.

 

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