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.” Beatty’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.