Events are lining up for the winter & spring, including events with some awesome authors. Many of these are ticketed events…so get your tickets early! January 18, 2018 Palm Desert, CA Arts & Letters, interviewing Panio Gianopoulos 6pm January 21st, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Noir at the Bar February 7, 2018 Palm Desert, CA Arts & Letters, interviewing Janet Fitch 6pm February 22-24, 2018 Tempe, AZ Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference March 7-10, 2018 Tampa, FL AWP Conference March 24, 2018 Whittier, CA Friends of the Shannon Center 8:30am Tickets Available Here April 4, 2018 Palm Desert, CA Arts & Letters, interviewing Attica Read more
Thanks to The Rap Sheet for naming Gangster Nation one of the top crime novels of 2017! “Rabbi David Cohen, the mobster and hit man once known as Sal Cupertine, is back in Gangster Nation, Tod Goldberg’s follow-up to 2014’s wonderfully over-the-top Gangsterland. It’s now September 2001, and although David/Sal has become firmly ensconced in his Las Vegas synagogue and the profitable doings of the Jewish mob, things aren’t getting any easier for him. An obsessed FBI agent (whose associates Sal had killed) is closing in, the plastic surgery on Sal’s face is failing, and the pain he feels for having abandoned his wife and son in Chicago more than three years Read more
Tod writes about the shootings in Las Vegas in a recent issue of the Los Angeles Times: Nothing stays in Las Vegas. Nothing ever did. When the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority launched its now-famous slogan — “What Happens Here, Stays Here” — in 2004, the region was climbing out of the shadows of 9/11, when tourism to the city slumped dramatically. The city had attempted to re-brand itself as a safe destination for families in the intervening years, but the fact was, no one came to Las Vegas to spend time with their families. People came to lose themselves, a simulacra of the American dream and the Wild Read more
The wonderful people at the Desert Sun, the local paper of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, sat down with Tod for a long interview (with a special appearance by the rarest of birds: quotes from Tod’s wife Wendy!). You can read it all here. Goldberg, who assumes the cadence of a stand-up comic when given an audience, joked before the Las Vegas tragedy that his anti-hero is “prone to more murderous rages than I am.” But his wife, Wendy Duren, a writer who gives a first edit to everything her husband writes, says Goldberg shouldn’t be judged on his wit alone. “Tod’s always been a good guy,” she said. “That’s not something Read more
The nice people at Electric Literature sat down with Tod for a long conversation about gangsters, Jews, and the nature of crime in general: HSP: One of the things that gives this novel such weight is its connection — and subsequently, Rabbi David Cohen’s — to historical events. “No, these days, because of the stories of his congregation, he thought about shit that had gone down in 1917,” David thinks. “All that Pale of Settlement mishegoss. Pograms and show trials and Cossacks chasing down toddlers with dogs. That shit pissed him off like it had happened yesterday, because, in effect, it had. Three years ago he was blissfully unenlightened.” There’s also a remarkable conversation Read more
Thanks to the nice people at Coast Magazine for their great review of Gangster Nation: Fans of Elmore Leonard will quickly devour Tod Goldberg’s latest novel, “Gangster Nation.” Based in Las Vegas and featuring the same mobster hit man-turned-rabbi from his breakout hit, “Gangsterland,” this worthy follow-up sees Goldberg fine-tune his signature mix of dark humor, violent crime, Talmudic wisdom and suburban satire.