Reboot Ideas: Anti-Semantics – Sifting Through Whiteness and Jewish Identities
Adam Mansbach is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, as well as the novels Rage is Back, The End of the Jews (winner of the California Book Award), and Angry Black White Boy, and the memoir-in-verse I Had a Brother Once. With Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, he co-authored For This We Left Egypt? and the bestselling A Field Guide to the Jewish People, and his books for young readers include the New York Times bestseller Just Try One Bite and the award-winning Jake the Fake series, co-written with Craig Robinson. The screenwriter of the acclaimed Netflix Original film Barry, Mansbach is the recipient of a Sundance Screenwriting Lab fellowship and a two-time winner of both the Reed Award and the American Association of Political Consultants’ Gold Pollie Award, for his 2012 Obama/Biden campaign video “Wake the Fuck Up,” and his 2020 Biden/Harris campaign ad “Same Old,” both starring Samuel L. Jackson. Mansbach is also the founder of the 1990s hip hop journal Elementary, the former New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, and a former drum tech for the legendary drummer Elvin Jones. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer, The Guardian, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, The Moth Storytelling Hour, and This American Life. His new novel is The Golem of Brooklyn.
Kevin Coval is an award-winning poet & author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood, A People’s History of Chicago, and ten other collections and anthologies. He’s a founding editor of The BreakBeat Poets on Haymarket Books, Creative Director of the MacArthur Award-winning cultural organization, Young Chicago Authors & founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival. He’s shared stages with The Migos and Nelson Mandela, and his work has been featured on The Daily Show, Poetry Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Chicago Tribune, CNN.com & four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.