Smith-Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing Street
Adam Mansbach - whose work spans the #1 worldwide bestselling "children's book for adults" Go the Fuck to Sleep, the award-winning novels Rage is Back, Angry Black White Boy and The End of the Jews, and the screenplay for the forthcoming feature film Barry - discusses the through-line in his work: exploring complexity, paradox, and uncomfortable truths as a way to foster social change... and recalls what happens when a literary novelist finds himself with a surprise hit in a genre that doesn't even exist.
5:00 - 6:15 pm: Lecture and Q&A
6:15 - 7:00 pm: Reception and book signing
Presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA).
Seminar with Adam Mansbach, "Trust the Process: Storytelling Across Genres Lines" on Wednesday, November 18
Adam Mansbach is a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic and humorist. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, which has been translated into forty languages, named Time Magazine’s 2011 “Thing of the Year,” and sold over two million copies worldwide. The 2014 sequel, “You Have to Fucking Eat,” is also a New York Times bestseller.
Mansbach’s 2013 novel, Rage is Back, was named a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio and the San Francisco Chronicle; it is currently being adapted for television by Mansbach and Danny Hoch. Mansbach’s previous novels include The End of the Jews (2008) which won the California Book Award, and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy, or the Miscegenation of Macon Detornay (2005), which is taught at more than eighty schools and was adapted into a prize-winning stage play in 2008.
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. He was the 2009-11 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, a 2012 Sundance Screenwriting Lab Fellow, and a 2013 Berkeley Repertory Theatre Writing Fellow.
Mansbach’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
Recently, Mansbach has begun writing in several other literary genres. His debut thriller,
The Dead Run was published by HarperCollins in 2013, and the sequel, The Devil’s Bag Man, in 2015. The first book in a middle grades series co-written with Alan Zweibel and entitled Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my Ass, was published in September by Hyperion. Jake the Fake Keeps It Real, the first title in a middle grades series co-written with Craig Robinson, is forthcoming from Crown in 2016.
As a screenwriter, Mansbach has adapted the children’s classic The Pushcart War for Park Pictures, and won the 2013 Indian Paintbrush Filmwriting Grant for his original screenplay We’re Entertainment. His screenplay Barry, about Barack Obama’s first year at Columbia University, is currently in pre-production and will be directed by Vikram Ghandi.
Mansbach lives in Berkeley, California, and is a frequent lecturer on college campuses.