The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

April 27, 2005

Mansbach Reads From Provocative New Novel May 10 On WSUI

Poet, fiction writer and recording artist Adam Mansbach will read from his new hip-hop novel, "Angry Black White Boy," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Daniel Alarcon called Angry Black White Boy, "Startling, subversive and raucous, 'Angry Black White Boy' is a novel about how we became who we are and why that's not good enough."

A review in the San Francisco Chronicle predicted that it "will make you laugh, cringe and read until the last page without knowing how it's going to end. . . . A remarkably successful remix of the traditional race novel. Mansbach monkey-wrenches the formula of the angry black man in the white man's world and incisively cuts to the heart of the issue of race in America today. . . . (He) shows us where we as a culture have come from, the distance we have traveled, and how long the road ahead remains. "

And William Upski Wimsatt, author of "No More Prisons," called the book "a banana split with razor blades in it. Adam Mansbach is the white Richard Wright, and 'Angry Black White Boy' is our generation's 'Native Son'."

Mansbach is the author of the novel "Shackling Water" and the poetry collection "genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights."

He has worked as a roadie for the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, and an artistic consultant to Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies. His writing has appeared in publications including the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, JazzTimes, Slate, Wax Poetics and "The Best Music Writing 2004."

Mansbach will soon release his debut album, "Stand for Nothing, Fall for Anything," a mixture of hip hop, spoken word and jazz.

A frequent lecturer on music, race and literature, Mansbach has spoken or performed at venues including the Harlem Book Fair, the Boston Globe Book Fair, PEN America Styleworks, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Columbia University's Whitney M. Young Center for Human Rights, the Living Word Festival, the University of California at Berkeley and the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,