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 BackThe 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 in 2008. His middle grades series, Jake the Fake Keeps it Real (co-written with Craig Robinson), was a Scholastic Book Club Main Selection and winner of the 2021 Grand Canyon Readers Award. With Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, Mansbach 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) for Comedy Central, and his next feature film is SUPER HIGH, a stoner superhero comedy starring Andy Samberg, Craig Robinson and Common that is forthcoming from New Line.

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 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?"), and Killer Mike ("Georgia History," for the New Georgia Project).  Mansbach won a second Reed Award and a second Gold Pollie in 2021, for the Biden-Harris campaign ad "Same Old," which he wrote and directed.

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, was published by One World/Random House in April, and a 10th anniversary box set of all three books in the Go the Fuck to Sleep series is forthcoming in October.


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