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Paul Beatty: A Reading and Conversation

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Novelist Paul Beatty is among the funniest and most fearless writers in contemporary fiction. He has been called “one of the shrewdest cultural commentators, and hilarious cutups, of his generation” (Interview).

In a voice both acerbic and expansive, Beatty creates unforgettable characters and haunting settings that strike at the very heart of race, sex, and language in America. With his most recent best-selling novel, The Sellout, Beatty became the first American to win the Man Booker Prize. In addition to The Sellout, Beatty is the author of Slumberland, Tuff, The White Boy Shuffle, and two volumes of poetry. He is also the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. Beatty is currently working on a new novel, as well as an anthology of non-black writers writing on blackness, titled Negro Sunshine, out in 2020.

Beatty speaks on fiction and social critique. Interview conducted by Director of the Human Rights Collaborative and an Associate Professor in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (SISS) at SJSU, William Armaline.

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March 19 @ 7:00 pm


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

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Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)