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Adam Mansbach 

When: Sun., Oct. 16, 3 p.m. 2011

If you have kids, or you've ever had to watch someone else's, you might understand the frustration of storytime. Despite popular wisdom that reading makes a child sleepy, author Adam Mansbach knew the opposite to be true, hence his hilarious bedtime-story book, Go the Fuck to Sleep, which quickly became a New York Times bestseller upon its release in June. While beautifully illustrated and written in verse form, the book is not exactly kid-friendly (sample line: "I know you're not thirsty, that's bullshit, stop lying, lie the fuck down my darling, and sleep"). The Bay Area author (The End of the Jews, Angry Black White Boy) is currently teaching at Rutgers University but will be back home for a string of readings, including at Diesel (5433 College Ave., Oakland) on Sunday, Oct. 16. 3 p.m., free. 510-653-9965 or DieselBookstore.com

— Kathleen Richards

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