Man Booker Prize

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For the first time in its history, the Man Booker Prize was awarded to a U.S. author.  Paul Beatty won the prize for his novel “The Sellout.”  9780374260507_p0_v1_s118x184.jpgBeatty’s book is a satirical look at race relations in the United States.  Along with the honor of winning, Beatty will receive 50,000 pounds ($61,000).

This prize was previously open to only writers from Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth.  Part of the reason why U.S. authors were not previously considered was a concern that they might dominant the field.

Ottessa Moshfegh, another American, was also in the final running for the prize for her novel “Eileen.”9780143128755_p0_v3_s118x184.jpg

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