Tuesday, December 6, 2011

GO THE F**K TO SLEEP for the holidays

GO THE F*** TO SLEEP rages into the Holiday Season,
with more than 500,000 copies shipped!

Tuesday, December 6, Brooklyn, NY: The satirical “bedtime books for parents” that became a viral Internet sensation and instant national best seller upon its publication in mid-June is quickly proving to one of the most popular holiday gifts of 2011. In the words of Julie Schaper, President of Consortium (the Perseus-owned company that distributes the book), “
Go the F*** to Sleep is the gift book that keeps on giving!” The holiday season highlights for the book include:

--Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books has just rushed out an 8th and 9th printing, bringing the total number of books in print up to 600,000, with over 500,000 of them already shipped to stores.

Time Magazine will feature the book as one of the “best things of the year” in their “Person of the Year” issue of December 14.

--6 months and running on the
New York Times Best Seller List. The book will be at the #2 spot on December 11.

--Winner of a Giftee Award, sponsored by Gifts.com,
Parents Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

--“Best of 2011” lists: Amazon.com, Goodreads,
GQ Magazine, etc.

--Film rights sold to Fox 2000 Films, and author Adam Mansbach has sold a family sitcom to CBS based loosely on his experiences with
Go the F*** to Sleep.

--The book has been sold into translation into more than 30 languages and counting. Already published and landed on best-seller lists in Canada, England, Germany, Australia.

--Growing list of celebrity readers of the book: Samuel Jackson, Werner Herzog, Jenna Elfman, Alec Baldwin (forthcoming), Judah Friedlander, Noni Hazelhurst.

Go the F*** to Sleep by Adam Mansbach; with illustrations by Ricardo Cortés
Published by Akashic Books, Brooklyn
Distributed by Consortium/Perseus
#1 Best Seller: New York Times, Amazon.com, Wall Street Journal,
Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, etc.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize

The Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the establishment of the “Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize” for non-fiction narrative short story or essay.

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the establishment of the “Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize” for non-fiction narrative short story or essay.

The Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize, a cash award of $400, will be awarded to the best Brooklyn-focused non-fiction essay or short story which is set in Brooklyn and is about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people/characters. We are seeking compelling Brooklyn stories from writers with a broad range of backgrounds and ages who can render Brooklyn's rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer's actual experiences in Brooklyn.

Submissions should be between 4 to 10 pages. (Up to 2500 words). Send your Brooklyn Non-Fiction story as a Word document by email to: Brooklynfa@yahoo.com

From the collection of selected Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize submissions, five authors will be selected to read from their work and discuss their Brooklyn stories with the audience at our December 16th, 2011, Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival “Brooklyn Non-Fiction program at St. Francis College held in partnership with the St. Francis College Humanities Department.

These stories and several other submitted stories will be published on the Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival website and made available to the public.

Submission Deadline – November 30th, 2011.

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival is dedicated to presenting cultural programs about Brooklyn that illuminate the rich history and unique character of Brooklyn’s vibrant past and illuminating Brooklyn happening today.

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Email: brooklynfa@yahoo.com
Website: www.FilmBrooklyn.org

Friday, November 4, 2011

Miami Book Fair International

Akashic Books is gearing up for Miami Book Fair International!
See below for the list of our authors' programs!

All events will take place at Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132

--Fri., Nov. 18, 6:00pm--
Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes, author and illustrator of Go the Fuck to Sleep, will appear with comedienne Jenna Elfman and singer Nikka Costa
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, Room 3210)

--Sat., Nov. 19, 11:00am--
Elizabeth Nunez, author of Boundaries will appear with Francisco Goldman (
Say Her Name), Hector Tobar (The Barbarian Nurseries) and Esmeralda Santiago (Conquistadora)
Auditorium (Building 1, Room 1261)

--Sat., Nov. 19, 12:30pm--
New Jersey Noir contributors Robert Pinsky, Gerald Stern, and S.J. Rozan will appear on a panel moderated by Les Standiford
Pavilion (N.E. 3rd Street and 1st Avenue)

--Sat., Nov. 19, 2:30pm--
Nathan Larson, author of The Dewey Decimal System, will appear with Jason Skipper (
Hustle) and Yan Lianke (Dream of Ding Village)
Building 7, Room 7128

--Sat., Nov. 19, 3:30pm--
Kola Boof, author of The Sexy Part of the Bible, will appear with authors Carine Fabius, Jiang Bing, and Hong Ying
Building 7, Room 7128

--Sat., Nov. 19, 3:30pm--
Sterling Watson, author of Fighting in the Shade, will appear with Diana Abu-Jaber (
Birds of Paradise), Karen Russell (Swamplandia!) and Elizbeth Stuckey-French (The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady)
Auditorium (Building 1, Room 1261)

--Sat., Nov. 19, 5:00pm--
Mr. Fish, author of Go Fish, will present his book
Prometeo Theatre (Building 1, Room 1101)

--Sun., Nov. 20, 1:30om--
Nelson George, author of The Plot Against Hip Hop, will appear with Tom Franklin (
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter), and Bradford Morrow (The Diviner's Tale)
Auditorium (Building 1, Room 1261)

--Sun., Nov. 20, 3:30pm--
Randall Robinson, author of Makeda, will appear with author Deborah Willis, to discuss African-American images from the 1890s to present
Building 7, Room 7106-07

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sneak Peek: CURSE THE NAMES by Robert Arellano

Akashic Books is proud to present an excerpt from Curse the Names,
by Robert Arellano, forthcoming in January 2012.

Curse the Names is available for pre-order
exclusively on AkashicBooks.com!

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Friday, September 23, 2011


Please Take Me Off the Guest List is now available in eBook
format, for only $5.99, from iTunes, Amazon.com, B&N, etc!

Please see below to read a new essay by Zachary Lipez
written exclusively for the Akashic Books blog.

It’s a disappointing time to be alive if only because we’re all going to die. Whenever I feel inclined to be disappointed in the Obama presidency or the rapidity of the freezer burn on my ice cream, I ask myself, “Is this as disappointing as my inevitable death? As the death of my loved ones?” I throw in the “loved ones” part as a concession to the possibility of a nosy god; in reality my loved ones are a distant second in my terrified concern. Maybe even a close third to Christopher Hitchens. The thought of that guy alone, shirtless in front of his mirror on a sunny Thursday afternoon, probably staring for hours as the ice in his gimlet melts, fills me with an existential sorrow that my entire extended family in a cliff-bound Greyhound just can’t match. Sorry, Mom. I’ll visit soon. Please make that peanut dip I love so much.

So what to do when death looms on the mind and with it the promise of the richly deserved perdition of unbaptised babies and privileged layabouts? Why, we look to the future. Just like our daddies did when they weren’t avoiding the draft, fetishizing album art, and laying the fetid groundwork for Graydon Carter’s career. Our daddies were smart, in their fashion, and we wouldn’t have all these ones and zeros without them. So thanks, parents, all your weird racist bullshit was totally worth it ‘cuz now we have computo-books. Or whatever they’re called.

Please Take Me Off the Guest List, the collaborative book that I did with Stacy Wakefield and Nick Zinner is now a computo-book. It glows, it flickers, in a hundred years it will have your job, puny human. Stacy made Nick’s photos pop and the text wiz; the design has retained its clever (and not that awful new kind of clever but the original kind—the kind that built the labyrinth) charm.

The computo- book is priced for the Endless Recession. You can even pay in Euros if you’re Beyonce.

Oh yeah, the iTunes version includes three songs that were initially just on a limited edition 7” that one could purchase with the physical, three dimensional, real world book. The record was also in all three dimensions. The songs are in, like, five, man. They were written and performed in one day in one basement in one upstate New York. The people who wrote and performed them are not important. It’s the songs that matter, again, man.

To make this blog post worth your valuable time, I’ve included an illustration by Nate Turbow. He is a character in one of the stories in Please Take Me Off the Guest List. His general spirit pervades it. His illustration should not be taken as his specific reaction to reading the book but a more universal sense of dismay that, god willing, you will all feel when feeling its warm digital light upon you. Or, embracing the newness, parlance, and crudity of these awful, awful times, “up in you.”

Please Take Me Off the Guest List—now built for end times and priced for the decline. Enjoy!

Text by Zachary Lipez; illustration by Nate Turbow (http://www.nateturbow.com/)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Akashic Books at Brooklyn Book Festival

Akashic Books is thrilled to participate in the 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival!
Please see below for our list of author appearances,
and click here for more information!

-- Fri., Sept. 16, 7:30pm --

Ricardo Cortes, Kevin Holohan, Nelson George, Mr. Fish, Persia Walker, Elizabeth Nunez, Tim McLoughlin, and Eliza Factor will attend the Brooklyn Indie Party at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St.

-- Sun., Sept. 18 --

* All events take place around Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza *

10:00am, St. Francis Auditorium
Randall Robinson, author of Makeda, will appear on a panel titled "At the End of the Story" with A.M. Holmes (
The Mistress's Daughter), and Nicole Krauss (Great House)

10:00am, St. Francis Screening Room
Kevin Holohan, author of The Brothers' Lot, will appear on a panel titled "Kids on the Skids" with authors Tayari Jones (
Silver Sparrow) and Justin Torres (We the Animals)

11:00am, Borough Hall Courtroom
Nelson George, author of The Plot Against Hip Hop, will appear in conversation with Mary Karr (
Lit: A Memoir), moderated by Tim McLoughlin (editor of Brooklyn Noir)

11:00am, St. Francis Auditorium
Colin Channer, author of The Girl with the Golden Shoes, will appear in conversation with Russell Banks (
Lost Memory of Skin)

11:00am, St. Francis McArdle Hall
Elizabeth Nunez, author of Boundaries, will appear on "The Good, the Bad, and the Family" panel, with authors Sergio Troncoso and Tom Perrotta

2:00pm, St. Francis Auditorium
Nina Revoyr, author of Wingshooters, will appear on the "Worlds of Personal" panel, with Joyce Carol Oates, editor of New Jersey Noir, and Jonathan Safran Foer

2:00pm, St. Francis Screening Room
Adam Mansbach, author of Go the Fuck to Sleep, will on the "Politically Incorrect Parenting" panel, with authors Ta-Nehisi Coates (
The Beautiful Struggle), Alice Bradley (Let's Panic About Babies), and Jennifer Senior (All Joy No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting)

2:00pm, Borough Hall Courtroom
Marlon James, author of John Crow's Devil, will moderate the "Drawn From History" panel featuring authors Esmeralda Santiago, John Sayles, and Terese Svoboda

3:00pm, Borough Hall Courtroom
Persia Walker, author of Black Orchid Blues, will appear on "The Urban Underbelly" panel, with authors Pete Hamill (
Tabloid City) and Mukoma Wa Ngugi (Nairobi Heat)

3:00pm, St. Anne's Church
David L. Ulin, editor of Cape Cod Noir, will moderate the "Gumshoes" panel, featuring authors Eoin Colfer (
Plugged) and Walter Mosely (When the Thrill Is Gone)

4:00pm, Borough Hall Courtroom
Randall Robinson, author of Makeda, will appear on the "Truth Versus Memory" panel, with authors Myla Goldberg (
The False Friend), and Tea Obreht (The Tiger's Wife)

4:00pm, St. Francis McArdle Hall
Nina Revoyr, author of Wingshooters, will appear on the "Sins and Indiscretions" panel, with authors Sheri Homan and Terry McMillan

5:00pm, Borough Hall Courtroom
Persia Walker, author of Black Orchid Blues, will appear on a panel presented by The Center for Fiction: Criminal Intent, also featuring authors Lawrence Block, Susan Isaacs, and Peter Blauner, moderated by Jonathan Santlofer

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sneak Peek: MAKEDA by Randall Robinson

Akashic Books is proud to present an excerpt from MAKEDA,
by Randall Robinson, the debut novel in our Open Lens imprint!

"Hypnotic . . . one of the finest novels this year . . .
[Robinson] is a gifted storyteller." --Essence

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Akashic Books at the Decatur Book Festival

Akashic Books is proud to participate in the 2011 Decatur Book Festival!
Three Akashic authors will appear on Sat., Sept. 3; see below for details!

Sat., Sept.3, 12:30pm
Elizabeth Nunez, author of Boundaries,
will appear at Eddie's Attic Stage

Sat., Sept.3, 3:00pm
Mr. Fish, author of Go Fish,
will appear at the Decatur Conference
Center Stage (Ballroom A)

Sat., Sept.3, 5:30pm
Persia Walker, author of Black Orchid Blues,
will appear at the Decatur Conference
Center Stage (Ballroom A)

Friday, August 12, 2011


THE BROTHERS' LOT, by Kevin Holohan,
reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement!

"A witty, brilliant, devastating expression of outrage. . . this novel
is so subtly imagined, so elegantly structured, written in such
hilarious prose but with such horrifying details, that what
it offers is an overpowering, visionary judgement of a society."

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pre-order: TWO TIMES INTRO: On the Road with Patti Smith, by Michael Stipe

Akashic Books is proud to present the pre-order
for TWO TIMES INTRO: On the Road with Patti Smith,
a photo diary by Michael Stipe.

Please click here to order the limited edition
(200 total) pre-order, which includes:

1) One (unsigned) hardcover copy of TWO TIMES INTRO:

2) A beautiful, one-of-a-kind photograph
on heavy cardstock, signed by Michael Stipe,
limited to 200 individually numbered copies.

The image, captured by Michael Stipe, is of Patti Smith
in New Orleans at the Joan of Arc Statue, in 2010,
while R.E.M. was recording Collapse Into Now.

** The signed print is EXCLUSIVE TO THIS PREORDER

Pre-orders will ship on or before Friday, September 9.

Please click here for more information about the book,
and to order copies of the regular hardcover edition
at retail price (without limited edition photo).

Click here for sample photographs from the book.