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 their outstanding work they may one day be inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame,” according to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, which sponsors the award.
Goldberg will receive the award during a ceremony Nov. 9 at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Nevada Writers Hall of Fame was conceived by former Friends of the University Libraries President Marilyn Melton in 1988.
“I only lived in Nevada for a few years, but my affection and fascination with the state goes back to my childhood, when I became obsessed with the Old West and the New West, with gunfighters and gangsters alike,” Goldberg said. “This honor means a great deal to me as I’ve devoted a significant part of my career to writing about the myths, legends, and realities of Las Vegas, a town that is both the embodiment and the detriment of the American dream.”
Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including the novels “Gangsterland” (Counterpoint), which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in the field of crime-writing; “The House of Secrets” (Grand Central), which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer; “Living Dead Girl” (Soho Press), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; the popular “Burn Notice” series (Penguin); and the short story collection “Other Resort Cities” (Other Voices Books). His next book, a sequel to “Gangsterland,” will be released in fall 2017.
The novelist also has produced works of nonfiction and journalism that have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and Las Vegas Weekly. He has earned five Nevada Press Association awards and was included in the “Best American Essays.”
The award committee noted that Goldberg “has been part of the creative community in Las Vegas for over a decade, writing for the Las Vegas Mercury, Las Vegas City Life, and the Las Vegas Weekly.”
Goldberg holds an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College.