On November 9th, Tod was awarded the Silver Pen Award by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, which recognizes writers who are mid-career and have shown substantial achievement. Honorees are also selected based upon their body of work, critical recognition and a strong connection to Nevada through the themes of their writing or residence in the state. Below are the remarks he delivered: * Thank you Millie Mitchell, Director of Development, the Selection Committee, Dean of the Library Kathy Ray, the University of Nevada, Reno, President Marc Johnson, and all of the fine sponsors and supporters and friends of the University of Nevada, Reno Library and the Nevada Writers Hall Read more
If you live in Canada, and you happen to speak French, you’re in luck! Gangsterland is now out across the country, including in the French-speaking portions. La Presse weighs in: La lecture de romans policiers nous met parfois dans des situations inconfortables, comme celle où on prend fait et cause pour des tueurs et sympathise avec la racaille, tout simplement parce qu’ils sont les protagonistes d’une intrigue bien ficelée par un auteur retors, maître dans l’art de manipuler le lecteur. C’est le cas de Gangsterland, un premier polar de Tod Goldberg qui met en scène Sal Cupertine, tueur à gages à la solde de la mafia de Chicago, qui a Read more
If you live in Bulgaria, you’re in luck. Gangsterland has been released there by the nice folks at Soft Press. Except in Bulgaria, Gangsterland is called ДРУГОТО ЛИЦЕ, which translates roughly to Other Face. And, in a continuing international trend, the new book cover contains a bad ass man wearing a hat. „Другото лице“ на Тод Голдбърг е роман в най-добрите традиции на криминалния noir жанр, но премесен с агресията и безскрупулността на новото хилядолетие. След почти две десетилетия професионален подход към работата си легендарният убиец за чикагската мафия Сал Купъртин допуска сериозна грешка – очиства трима агенти на ФБР и един таен информатор. Сега няма друг избор, освен да изчезне. Read more
The Nevada Writers Hall of Fame have announced their 2016 honorees…and one of them is Tod! He’s been awarded the Silver Pen Award. UC Riverside reports: Tod Goldberg, administrative director of UC Riverside’s Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the Palm Desert Center, has won the 2016 Silver Pen Award presented by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. The award recognizes writers who are mid-career and have shown substantial achievement. Honorees are also selected based upon their body of work, critical recognition and “a strong connection to Nevada through the themes of their writing or residence in the state. It is hoped through Read more
Tod and his brother Lee were interviewed by the Desert Sun about both of them having NYT bestsellers at the same time: Both brothers, whom share a quirky sense of humor and can give any Catskills comedian a run for their money, appreciate having a built in support system. With their writing keeping them up late night, it’s not unusual to call or shoot each other an e-mail at 2 a.m. to seek advice on how to dump a dead body without getting caught, or the best way to scam someone out of a mortgage. Read more here…and watch the video!
Or, well, it’s getting really good reviews. Like this one, from FOX in Italy (translated into English): *****From Chicago killer to rabbi of Las Vegas, the new book by Tod Goldberg presents a hero that’s out of the norm: as hard and fierce as Dexter, as ironic and dark as Walter White in Breaking Bad.
A great story in Ploughshares maps the lineage of contemporary mobster fiction: I’ll admit that Humboldt’s Gift isn’t a crime novel. Saul Bellow writes about men coming to terms with their own minds, not with the need to whack rival mob bosses. But Charlie Citrine, the protagonist, spends much of the book evading a Chicago gangster named Rinaldo Cantabile, to whom he owes money, but who mainly wants to be his friend. Cantabile is inescapable, and that is one of the great themes of Mob literature. Once you’re in, you can’t get out. Your boss, your family, your crimes—there’s always a shadow in a Mafia novel, creeping behind the main character, Read more