The Sellout with Paul Beatty
June 2, 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00 BST£5
We're thrilled to welcome 2016 Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty to Sutton House!
Born in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles and raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realises there never was a memoir. All that’s left is the bill for a drive-through funeral.
Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town’s most famous resident – Hominy Jenkins – he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school which lands him in the Supreme Court.
What follows is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the holy grail of racial equality – the black Chinese restaurant.
This event will be chaired by Sunny Singh, author of four novels, numerous short stories and non fiction texts. Sunny is currently teaching Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University.
Big thanks to The Five Points Brewing Company whose delicious XPA will be available at a special price on the night!