Paul Beatty Makes History After Winning Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty has been awarded the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout. He becomes the first American to win the award. His book is described as a satire for racial politics in the United Stares, which makes it completely relevant.

The character in the story aims to embrace his African-American identity by bringing back slavery and segregation. Yes. You’re reading that correctly. It sounds like something that would likely make people uncomfortable, but I’m seeing critics compare him to Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain. I mean, that has to count for something.

Congratulations, Mr.Beatty – mostly for writing the book you sought to write.

Have you happened to read this book? Interested in checking it out now?

I’m an Inspirational Blogger? If you say so

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I was nominated a little while back for the Inspirational Blogger Award by Heather. Thank you. I’ve been nominated for a million awards by a number of bloggers, but I don’t always accept because who wants to read posts with random facts about myself and no real book stuff? I don’t even want to write those kinds of posts. But I’ll accept this one because it only requires seven random facts and I won’t be nominating anyone else because my favorite blogs don’t change and I’ve already nominated several of them just a short time ago.

Seven Facts

1. I hate people who talk with their mouth full. You’re probably thinking that everyone does. No. DO NOT do it in front of me. I will yell at you to shut the hell up. Not joking at all. Annoying and disrespectful all at once. Get out of my sight.

2. I’m always hungry. From the moment I wake up until I’m falling asleep. Whenever old people tell me that their teenage son or daughter eats a lot, this is me in my head, “You have no idea what it means for someone to eat a lot. I bet I eat double what they do.” Remember, bodybuilder over here.

3. I appear to be collecting a stash of Smoothie King cups at my desk. There are six cups here. Yikes. I get a smoothie everyday after the gym.

4. I love naps. I even have a fairly specific nap schedule.

5. I have no friends. Okay, just a small few. I’m perfectly fine with that because I don’t want to hear about anyone else’s problems, anyway. I do rather enjoy talking to some people. Some.

6. I was almost kind of popular when I was in fifth grade. First, I’d finally made it into the GT class, which was where all the popular kids were. Not kidding. And second, because there was this fitness test that I can’t remember what it was called…maybe Presidential Fitness Test, it was something. There was a White badge, a Red badge, and a Blue badge. Students’ fitness was tested in gym class via a number of predetermined exercises like push-ups or pull ups. Well, in my fifth grade year I was the only person with a shot at the Blue badge. I think it had to do with your height and weight or maybe your birthday? I honestly don’t remember, but I was the only one. I’d done everything I needed to get it until I got to having to run the mile. This was the most sure thing out of everything for me, I loved running back then. I needed maybe an 8:10 or 8:30. 0r it may have been just below 8:00. BUT when my class went out to run it, I had some breathing trouble and couldn’t possibly come up with the time needed for the Blue badge. Some amount of time later, my gym teacher had me do it again before school at like 7:00 in the morning. I ran a 7:13 mile and earned myself the coveted Blue badge. But there’s more. A list was kept in the gym of the best mile times in the history of the school and I’d made the list! Something like tenth or so. I left the school before I could ever actually see my name on there, but it was great knowing I’d made it. AND somehow or another when I went to my first class that day, EVERYONE knew about my mile running. I felt like a celebrity. It was nice.

7. I’ve had six best friends in my life. I’ll even name them for you. Larry. Terrance. Leslie. Lana. Lilly. Sydney. I no longer talk to any of them. Except Sydney, who of course is in my book. So I guess that means she’s my favorite? Yeah, I’d say that. She’s also the only one I trust. And she’s funny. And holy crap she’s about to be a nurse!

No nominations this time around, so that’s all I have for you guys!

And the Edgar Award Goes to…

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There are just as many book awards given out each year as there are for movies or music. Some awards come with a great amount of prestige and recognition while others are known by a small few. If you’ve happened over to my Bookish Bucket List page then you’ve read that two of those otherworldly goals of mine have to do with the Edgar Awards. First, I’d like to attend the annual banquet at some point in my life. And second, I’d like to actually be nominated for an award. Sure the Pulitzer Prize or the Nobel Prize may both be more well known, but the top of the mountain is the Edgars. They’re like the Grammys or the Oscars. At least they are to me.

They’re given out annually by the Mystery Writers of America and recognize both books and TV. I’ll only be mentioning the books. Here are the nominees and the winners from this year’s banquet held on May 1.

Best Novel

Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook

The Humans by Matt Haig

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

How the Light Gets in by Louise Penny

Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin

Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy

Best First Novel

The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Best Paperback Original

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

Almost Criminal by E.R. Johnson

Joe Victim by Paul Cleave

Joyland by Stephen King

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Best Fact Crime

Duel With the Devil by Paul Collins

Mortal Sins by Michael D’Antonio

The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber

The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry

The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower

Best Critical/Biographical

Maigret, Simenon and France by Bill Adler

America is Elsewhere by Eric Dussere

Pimping Fictions by Justin Gifford

Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett

Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction by Melissa Schaub

Best Juvenile

Strike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne

P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence

Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Young Adult

All the Truth That’s in me by Julie Berry

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy

How to Lead a  Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Mary Higgins Clark

There was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron

Fear of Beauty by Susan Froetschel

The Money Kill by Katia Lief

Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi

So there you have all the nominees and winners! I have not read a single one of the books nominated this year. Eh, that’s okay. But I was REALLY pulling for Marcus Sakey in the Best Paperback Original category. He’s one of my three or four favorite authors, although I started the book he was nominated for and absolutely hated it. I still wanted him to win. Oh, and Robert Crais was made a Grand Master! He’s also one of my three or four favorite authors. He’s been nominated several times in various Edgar Award categories but never won. He’s truly deserving of the honor of being a Grand Master.

So, have you read any of the winners or nominees? I’m sure this is a good list of potential recommendations.

You can read a full list of winners here.