Washington, DC (July 29th, 2011) – P.J. Clarke’s invited only a handful to Adam Mansbach’s only DC appearance and book signing on Wednesday, July 27. After providing a hilarious and insightful view from a parents perspective, Mr. Mansbach signed his book for those patiently waiting. There is quite an honest inside joke from being a parent, and this book shares this with its readers.
In this small book, Mr. Mansbach has illuminated and put into perspective one of the greatest frustrations everyone faces in the first few years as a parent — putting their child to sleep. There is humor and frustration with putting your child to bed, and this routine can last month and even years if you’re good (or bad) at it.
The book is really not for children of course, but at first glance, Ricardo Cortes’s bright and colorful illustrations would lead you to think otherwise.
Go the F*ck to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s verses perfectly capture the familiar–and unspoken–tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity.
Adam Mansbach’s latest novel, The End of the Jews (Spiegel & Grau) won the California Book Award. Named a Best Book of 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle, it has been called “extraordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, “beautifully portrayed” by the New York Times Book Review and “intense, painful and poignant” by the Boston Globe, and translated into five languages.
Mansbach’s previous novel, the bestselling Angry Black White Boy (Crown), is taught at more than sixty colleges, universities and high schools. A satire about race, whiteness and hip-hop, it was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005, and the recipient of an Honorable Citation from the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards and a PEN/Faulkner Writers in the Schools grant. A theatrical version played for three sold-out months at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, and was named the Best New Play of 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner.
Adam is also a professor at Rutgers University.