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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2016

THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty has been awarded the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The 54-year-old New York resident, born in Los Angeles, is the first American author to win the prize in its 48-year history. US authors became eligible in 2014. THE SELLOUT is a searing satire on race relations in contemporary America. It is described by The New York Times as a "metaphorical multicultural pot almost too hot to touch," while the Wall Street Journal called it a "Swiftian satire of the highest order. Like someone shouting fire in a crowded theatre, Mr. Beatty has whispered 'Racism' in a postracial world."

Week of August 15, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of August 15th include MRS. GRANT AND MADAME JULE by Jennifer Chiaverini, the first novel to chronicle the singular relationship between Julia Grant, beloved First Lady, and the courageous woman who was her slave and namesake; THE RACE FOR PARIS, a World War II novel by Meg Waite Clayton about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives; and THE GRATITUDE DIARIES, in which Janice Kaplan spends a year living gratefully and transforms her marriage, family life, work and health.

December 2023

December's Books on Screen roundup includes the season two premiere of "Reacher" on Amazon Prime Video; the films The Boys in the Boat, The Color Purple, Wonka, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever, Eileen, Ferrari and the Netflix premiere of Leave the World Behind; the season finales of "Black Cake" on Hulu, "Slow Horses" on Apple TV+ and "Sullivan's Crossing" on The CW; the conclusion of Showtime's "Fellow Travelers"; the premieres of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" on Disney+ and the HBO docuseries "Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage and Reckoning"; and the DVD releases of Dumb Money, Rumble Through the Dark and The Last Voyage of the Demeter.