Thursday, February 21, 2013

Authors@Google: Adam Mansbach and T Cooper

Adam Mansbach, author of Rage is Back: A Novel, and T Cooper, author of Real Man Adventures, spoke at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on February 5, 2013. They were introduced by Matt Werner.

On Rage Is Back:
In this mind-bending journey through a subterranean world of epic heroes, villains, and eccentrics, Adam Mansbach balances an intricately plot­ted, high-stakes caper with a wildly inventive tale of time travel and shamanism, prodigal fathers and sons, and the hilariously intertwined realms of art, crime, and spirituality. Moving throughout New York City’s unseen com­munities, from the tunnel camps of the Mole People to the drug dens of Crown Heights, Rage Is Back is a kaleidoscopic tour de force from a writer at the top of his game.

On Real Man Adventures:
Real Man Adventures is Cooper’s brash, wildly inventive, and often comic exploration of the paradoxes and pleasures of masculinity. He takes us through his transition into identifying as male, and how he went on to marry his wife and become an adoring stepfather of two children. Alternately bemused and exasperated when he feels compelled to explain all this, Cooper never loses his sense of humor. “Ten Things People Assume I Understand About Women But Actually Don’t,” reads one chapter title, while another proffers: “Sometimes I Think the Whole of Modern History Can Be Explained by Testosterone.”
An interesting couple of books.

Authors@Google: Adam Mansbach and T Cooper

About Adam Mansbach:

Adam Mansbach is author of Shackling Water (2003), Angry Black White Boy (2005), The End of the Jews (2009, winner of the California Book Award), and most recently Rage is Back (2013), and The Dead Run (forthcoming in 2013). He is best known for his children's book for adults titled Go the F**k to Sleep. It reached No. 1 on's bestseller list a month before its release, and was a national bestseller in 2011. The book is perhaps best known by its audio version read by Samuel L. Jackson, which went viral.

Mansbach lives in Berkeley, California and cohosts a weekly radio show called Father Figures on KPFA. Visit his website at

About T Cooper:

T Cooper's most recent book is "Real Man Adventures" (McSweeney's), a multi-genre meditation on the subject of masculinity. He is also the author of four other books, including the bestselling novels "Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes," and "The Beaufort Diaries," the latter of which Cooper adapted into an animated short film starring David Duchovny, which appeared at a variety of film festivals like South By Southwest and Tribeca. Cooper's other writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, Poets and Writers, One Story, Bomb, and many others. For more information about T Cooper at:

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