ABOUT ADAM MANSBACH
Adam Mansbach’s Go the Fuck to Sleep is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked-about books of the decade. A viral sensation that shot to #1 on Amazon.com months before the book was even available, it has been published in forty languages, and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000.
Mansbach’s latest novel, Rage is Back, was published in January. Named a Book of the Month by Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, it is currently being adapted for the stage by Mansbach and award-winning playwright Idris Goodwin. Mansbach’s debut thriller, The Dead Run, will be published by HarperCollins on October 1st.
His previous novels include the California Book Award-winning The End of the Jews and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy, taught at more than eighty schools and adapted into a prize-winning stage play. Both were named San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year.
Mansbach is the recipient of a Reed Award, a Webby Award, and a Gold Pollie from the American Association of Political Consultants for his 2012 campaign video “Wake The Fuck Up.” Starring Samuel L. Jackson, it was viewed by 1.7 million in the twenty-four hours following its online release.
An inaugural recipient of the Ford Foundation’s Future Aesthetics Artist Grant, Mansbach was a 2012 Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab fellow and the recipient of the Indian Paintbrush/Sundance Institute Feature Filmwriting Grant. He is a 2013 grantee of both the Berkeley Repertory Theater and the Hip Hop Theater Festival. The 2009-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, he edited and published the pioneering 1990s hip hop journal Elementary and spent several years traveling as a drum technician with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer, N+1, The Guardian, Salon.com, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
A frequent lecturer on college campuses across the country, Mansbach lives in Berkeley, California, where he co-hosts the KPFA/Pacifica radio show “Father Figures.” He is currently adapting the children’s classic The Pushcart War for Park Pictures, and is the 2014 Artist in Residence at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts.