Living Writers: Paul Beatty

Author of The Sellout

The first American to win the Man Booker Prize, Paul Beatty is a novelist and poet described by Interview magazine as “one of the shrewdest cultural commentators, and hilarious cutups, of his generation.” Along with the Man Booker, his newest novel, The Sellout, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the John Dos Passos Prize. His other novels include Slumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffle. Hokum is the title of his edited volume of African-American humor.

All in-person guests will need to wear masks and bring proof of vaccination.

This series is hosted by the English department with generous support from the Olive B. O'Connor Fund, Colgate Arts Council, and the Offices of the Dean of the Faculty and the President.

This event is co-sponsored by Africana & Latin American Studies, the Arnold A. Sio Chair in Diversity & Community, and the Colgate Arts Council.

A signature program of Colgate University since 1980, Living Writers is a master class in how works of literature come to be. It’s free, and anyone can join: alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, friends of the University. The only prerequisite is a passion for reading.

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Thursday, October 21 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Olin Hall, 300 - Love Auditorium


Academics, Arts and Humanities

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