2016 Man Booker Winner: Paul Beatty

UPDATE: Paul Beatty’s The Sellout  wins the 2016 Man Booker!

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sellout-blog-imagePaul Beatty’s The Sellout, Deborah Levy’s Hot MilkGraeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody ProjectOttessa Moshfegh’s EileenDavid Szalay’s All That Man Is, and Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing made the cut from a longlist of 13 titles announced in July. Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings earned the 2015 Man Bookerthe first time for a Jamaican novelist, and a first for indie publisher Oneworld Publications. With Paul Beatty’s novel, Oneworld is hoping for a repeat performance.

Each shortlisted author will receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive an additional £50,000.

Eat, Drink, and Be Literary with Marlon James, Zadie Smith, and Bill Clegg

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For the third year in a row, Brooklyn Academy of Music is hosting the ultimate literary supper series. “Eat, Drink, and Be Literary” 2016 will feature a monthly lineup that includes Man Booker Prize 2015 winner Marlon James, 2015 Sunday Times short story prizewinner Yiyun Lee, amongst other seminal talents. See the full 2016 schedule on BAM.org.

Networking Alert: The National Book Critics Circle Awards Are Free & Open to the Public

Toni Morrison to receive the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Critics Circle Awards - peoplewhowrite

Toni Morrison to receive the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle Awards will be held on March 12th with a finalists’ reading the night before, both at the New School University. If you’re available and planning to be in New York on those dates, make sure to attend. In addition to the 2014 finalists on Monday, their agents and editors, you may get a chance to meet Toni Morrison who will be receiving this year’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Below, the full list of contenders:

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Blake Bailey’s The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait
Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Lacy M. Johnson’s The Other Side
Gary Shteyngart’s Little Failure
Meline Toumani’s There Was and There Was Not

BIOGRAPHY
Ezra Greenspan’s William Wells Brown: An African American Life
S.C. Gwynne’s Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
John Lahr’s Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
Ian S. MacNiven’s “Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions
Miriam Pawel’s The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography

CRITICISM
Eula Biss’s On Immunity: An Inoculation
Vikram Chandra’s Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric
Lynne Tillman’s What Would Lynne Tillman Do?
Ellen Willis’s The Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz

FICTION
Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman
Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings
Lily King’s Euphoria
Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea
Marilynne Robinson’s Lila

GENERAL NONFICTION
David Brion Davis’ The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
Peter Finn and Petra Couvee’s The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book
Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer
Hector Tobar’s Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free

POETRY
Saeed Jones’ Prelude to Bruise
Willie Perdomo’s The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric
Christian Wiman’s Once in the West
Jake Adam York’s Abide

NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWING
Alexandra Schwartz

Finalists:
Charles Finch
B. K. Fischer
Benjamin Moser
Lisa Russ Spaar

IVAN SANDROF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Toni Morrison

JOHN LEONARD PRIZE
Phil Klay’s Redeployment

Get more details on bookcritics.org.