In 2016 Paul Beatty became the first American to be awarded the Man Booker Prize. His winning book, The Sellout, also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. The darkly comic novel chronicles an urban farmer who tries to spearhead a revitalisation of slavery and segregation in a fictional Los Angeles neighbourhood. Beatty began his career as a poet before turning his hand to fiction with White Boy Shuffle, followed by Tuff and Slumberland. He is also the editor of Hokum, an anthology of African-American humour.