Percival Everett is the author of over 30 books since his debut, Suder, was released in 1983.

His modern classics include I Am Not Sidney Poitier, So Much Blue, Erasure and Glyph. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at The University of Southern California. Everett was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020 with his novel Telephone. He received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Critics Circle Awards 2022.

Percival Everett’s novel The Trees was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022.


Eerie, provocative, blackly comic Southern noir. A page-turner with a sharp, provocative edge, as it harks back to the real-life murder of the young Emmett Till, it has important things to say about race.

— The 2022 judges on The Trees

All nominated books

The Trees by Percival Everett