Even if you don’t recognize Adam Mansbach‘s name, you’ve heard of his not-for-children’s book, “Go the F*** to Sleep,” which has sold more than 1.5 million copies.
But there’s a lot more to Mansbach than that hilariously obscene bestseller. He recently published a witty novel called “Rage Is Back” about New York graffiti artists. I talked with him about that book and his early love of hip-hop at the fourth annual Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18. He was frank and insightful about the position of a white artist venturing into fields developed by African Americans:
Mansbach was one of more than 100 authors, poets and songwriters at yesterday’s festival on the grounds of the City Hall. The weather was cool and overcast, but a few sprinkles didn’t dampen the mood. About 18,000 people attended.
Among the many writers whom fans gathered to hear were novelist Jami Attenberg, author of “The Middlesteins“; historian Scott Berg, author of “38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End”; and YA author Walter Dean Myers, author of “Darius & Twig.”
The festival also offered an expanded selection of workshops for kids and adults — everything from “how to write a mystery” to “how to write a better college admissions essay.” And the winner of the festival’s high school student short story contest was announced: Rachel Page of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC.
One of the festival’s several partners, Politics & Prose, maintained a tent where fairgoers could buy books by festival authors.
This picniclike event is the special project of Gaithersburg Council Member Jud Ashman.