About

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including the novels The House of Secrets (Grand Central), which he co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Brad MeltzerGangsterland (Counterpoint), a finalist for the Hammett Prize, Living Dead Girl (Soho Press), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fake Liar Cheat (Pocket Books/MTV), and the popular Burn Notice series, including The Fix, The End Game, The Giveaway, The Reformed and The Bad Beat (Penguin), and the short story collections Simplify (OV Books), a 2006 finalist for the SCIBA Award for Fiction and winner of he Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize and Other Resort Cities (OV Books). 

His short fiction has appeared widely, including in Black Clock, The Normal School, and The Sun, and twice has received Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize, as well as being named a Distinguished Story of the Year in the 2009 Best American Mystery Stories. His essays, journalism, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times,  Los Angeles Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, Las Vegas Weekly and Salon, among many others, and have earned five Nevada Press Association Awards for excellence. His essay “When They Let Them Bleed” — which originally appeared in Hobart — was selected for Best American Essays 2013. Tod is also the cohost of the podcast Literary Disco, along with Julia Pistell and Rider Strong. His books have been translated into German, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Hungarian, French, and the kind of English they speak in England & Australia (more instances of the letter U, apparently). In 2016, Tod was honored with the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

Tod Goldberg holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from Bennington College and directs the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside. He lives in Indio, CA with his wife, the writer Wendy Duren. His next book, Gangster Nation, a sequel to Gangsterland, will be released in Fall 2017.

Read a Q&A with Tod in The Rumpus or the Los Angeles Times or the Huffington Post.