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BK: Graeme Macrae Burnet and Paul Beatty in Conversation

    04/24/2017 - 7:00pm

    This event will take place in our Brooklyn store.

    Join us for a conversation between Man Booker Prize finalist Graeme Macrae Burnet and Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty.

    ABOUT HIS BLOODY PROJECT: A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? And will he hang for his crime?

    Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question.

    Graeme Macrae Burnet’s multilayered narrative—centered around an unreliable narrator—will keep the reader guessing to the very end. His Bloody Project is a deeply imagined crime novel that is both thrilling and luridly entertaining from an exceptional new voice.

    GRAEME MACRAE BURNET has established a reputation for smart literary mystery writing with his highly praised first novel, The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau, which was featured in the List’s Top Scottish Books of 2014 and publishes in the US October 2017, and His Bloody Project which was finalist for the 2016 Man Booker and was named a best book of 2016 by Newsweek, NPR, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Sunday Times. He was born and brought up in Kilmarnock and has lived in Prague, Bordeaux, Porto, and London. He now lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

    PAUL BEATTY is the author of four novels—The SelloutSlumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffle—and two books of poetry: Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. In 2016, he became the first American to win the Man Booker Prize. He lives in New York City.

    His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick MacRae Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781510719217
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    Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 18th, 2016

    Man Booker Prize Finalist, LA Times Book Prize Finalist, New York Times Editor's Choice, and an American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestseller

    Named a Best Book of 2016 by Newsweek, NPR, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Sunday Times

    The Sellout Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781250083258
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    Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

    Winner of the Man Booker Prize

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

    Winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

    New York Times Bestseller

    The White Boy Shuffle Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780312280192
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    Published: Picador USA - May 4th, 2001

    Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people."