adam mansbach


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 three million copies worldwide. The two sequels, You Have to Fucking Eat and Fuck, Now There Are Two of You are also New York Times bestsellers. The audiobooks, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, and Larry David, are pretty fucking good as well.

Mansbach's novels include Rage is Back, The End of the Jews (winner of the California Book Award), and Angry Black White Boy, which is taught at over a hundred schools and was adapted into a prize-winning stage play. He is also the author of two supernatural thrillers, The Dead Run and The Devil's Bag Man, and two middle grades series: Jake the Fake Keeps it Real (co-written with Craig Robinson), a Scholastic Book Club Main Selection that Mansbach is currently adapting for the Disney Channel, and Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My A** (co-written with Alan Zweibel), which is forthcoming as a podcast. With Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, Mansbach also wrote For This We Left Egypt, a finalist for the Thurber Award for American Humor, and the bestselling A Field Guide to the Jewish People.

Mansbach's debut screenplay, for the 2016 Netflix Original BARRY, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an NAACP Image Award. He recently adapted DL Hughley's book How Not to Get Shot (and Other Advice From White People) as a one-hour special for Comedy Central, and his forthcoming film projects include a crime thriller, THE HANDLER, produced by Thunder Road, and SUPER HIGH, a comedy starring Andy Samberg, Craig Robinson and Common.

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. As the Creative Director of the newly-launched Colehouse Walker Political Outcomes, he has written, produced and directed videos starring Samuel L. Jackson ("Stay the Fuck at Home") Daveed Diggs ("What to my People is the 4th of July"), Craig Robinson, Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell, Sarah Silverman and Sarah Cooper ("912, What's Your Emergency?").

Mansbach 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. His 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, The Moth Storytelling Hour, and This American Life.

His memoir in verse, I Had A Brother Once, will be published by One World/Random House in January.


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