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LIVE from the NYPL: Go the F**k to Sleep: A Bedtime Book for Parents Who Live in the Real World - Werner Herzog Reading

June 14, 2011

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Go the F**k to Sleep, a pants-wettingly funny bedtime book for parents, has received an extraordinary amount of pre-publication attention from parents around the world. As Peter Maravelis of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco told the New York Times: “It’s the zeitgeist.”

Go the F**k to Sleep author Adam Mansbach, illustrator Ricardo Cortés, and Special Guests in conversation with Paul Holdengräber on Children, Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia.

ADAM MANSBACH novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling Angry Black White Boy, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Believer, Granta, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He is the 2010-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. His daughter, Vivien, is three.

RICARDO CORTÉS has illustrated books about marijuana, electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, and Chinese food. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on the O'Reilly Factor and CNN. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he is working on a book about the history of Coca-Cola and cocaine. To see more of his work, visit:

PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER is the Director of LIVE from the NYPL.


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Love the book but Samuel Jackson Rocks it better

This rendition is a little creepy and doesn't quite pull off the exasperation intended by the author the way that Samuel Jackson does. Anyone spending time listening to this should search on YouTube for the Jackson rendition.