Award-winning American author, Paul Beatty is in town for the Open Book Festival

It is almost the start of the Open Book festival with a welcoming party on Tuesday and the first sessions kicking off on Wednesday morning.

In town for the festival is American author Paul Beatty, who also holds the title for the first American to win The Man Booker Prize for his book, The Sellout.

"A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.

It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality - the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens—on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles—the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since the '68 quake."

Beatty tells CapeTalk's John Maytham it took him five years to write the book.

Part of the notion behind the book is to get people to think differently.

Paul Beatty, Award winning American author

It's about confronting how we talk about things. How do we use language talk about things.

Paul Beatty, Award winning American author

Good books are timeless.

Paul Beatty, Award winning American author

One of the reasons people to come to the book is because there is a sense of vulnerability in the book and I think most good books do that.

Paul Beatty, Award winning American author

Take a listen to the full interview with Paul Beatty in the clip below:


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