Tod Goldberg (born January 10, 1971, Berkeley, California) is an American author and journalist best known for his novels Gangsterland (Counterpoint) and Living Dead Girl (Soho Press), and the popular "Burn Notice" series (Penguin/NAL) and the short story collection Other Resort Cities (Other Voices Books).

Early life and education

Born to a Jewish family,[2] he graduated from Palm Springs High School in 1989. He attended California State University, Northridge. In 2009, he graduated in with a master's degree in creative writing from Bennington College.


Goldberg's second novel, Living Dead Girl, was a finalist for the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery and was featured as one of January Magazine's top novels of 2002. His third book, Simplify, culled stories from the past decade of his career into one volume, the first published by OV Books, the book publishing arm of the literary journal Other Voices. It received notable reviews in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and Chicago Sun-Times and was named a 2006 finalist for the Southern California Booksellers Association Award in Fiction. His next book of short stories, Other Resort Cities, [3] was released in October 2009 by OV Books to wide acclaim, including a positive review from the Los Angeles Times.[4]

He is also the author of original novels based on the USA Network TV series Burn Notice. The novels include The Fix,[5]The End Game,[6]The Giveaway,[7]The Reformed, and The Bad Beat. In 2013, his essay "When They Let Them Bleed" was selected for Best American Essays,[8] edited by Cheryl Strayed. Counterpoint released his most recent novel, "Gangsterland" in September, 2014.[9] to rave reviews, earning starred notices in Publishers Weekly,[10] Booklist,[11] and Kirkus.[12]

In 2005, he was named Teacher of the Year by the students at the UCLA Extension program, where he taught creative writing. He's the administrative director of the low residency MFA in creative writing program at University of California-Riverside's Palm Desert, California, campus.[13]

In early 2013, Goldberg, Rider Strong, and Julia Pistell started Literary Disco, a podcast about books and writing.[14]

Personal life

He is the brother of novelist Lee Goldberg and authors Linda Woods and Karen Dinino, as well as the nephew of true crime author and novelist Burl Barer. He lives in La Quinta, California with his wife, Wendy Duren, also a writer.