Writers Read Presents Tod Goldberg

discussing his novels

Gangsterland and Gangster Nation

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, September 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the novels Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize, and its sequel Gangster Nation, due for release in paperback in time for the reading.

Gangsterland introduces Sal Cupertine, a legendary hit man for the Chicago Mafia, known for his ability to get in and out of a crime without a trace. Until now, that is. His first-ever mistake forces Sal to botch an assassination, killing three undercover FBI agents in the process. This puts too much heat on Sal, and he knows this failed job will be his death sentence to the Mafia. So ... few surgeries and some intensive training later, and Sal Cupertine is gone, disappeared into the identity of Rabbi David Cohen. And the wickedly dark and funny story is on.

As Gangster Nation begins, it’s been two years since the events of Gangsterland, when  hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. It’s September of 2001 and for David, everything is coming up gold: Temple membership is on the rise, the new private school is raking it in, and the mortuary and cemetery―where Cohen has been laundering bodies for the mob―is minting cash. But Sal wants out. He’s got money stashed in safe-deposit boxes all over the city. He’s looking at places to escape to, Mexico or maybe Argentina. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he’ll have enough money to slip away, grab his wife and kid, and start fresh. ...

Goldberg is also the author of The House of Secrets (Grand Central), which he co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer;  Living Dead Girl  (Soho Press), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Fake Liar Cheat (Pocket Books/MTV); the popular Burn Notice series, including The Fix, The End Game, The Giveaway, The Reformed and The Bad Beat (Penguin); and two collections of short stories.

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. 

Goldberg's books will be available for sale and signing.

For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.