Tod Goldberg is a bestselling author, co-host of a wildly popular and critically-acclaimed literary podcast, and UC Riverside creative writing professor with two new books scheduled for release in the next couple of years. He’ll join Alta Asks Live and Heather Scott Partington to discuss all of this, and answer your burning questions, on Wednesday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m. PST.
Listen to the podcast: Literary Disco
About the author
Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize, Gangster Nation, The House of Secrets, which he co-wrote with Brad Meltzer, and Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His essays, journalism, and criticism appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and, recently, Alta, have won five Nevada Press Association Awards and have been anthologized in Best American Essays. He’s the cohost of the popular podcast Literary Disco, named a best literary podcast by the Washington Post, The Guardian, and Good Housekeeping, and is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, where he founded and directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts. His next book, The Low Desert: Gangster Stories, will be released in 2021, if we make it there, followed by the novel Death of a Gangster in 2022.
Literary Disco was launched in 2012, making it one of the longest continually running literary podcasts on the planet, and is now part of the LitHub Radio Network. It’s hosted by Tod Goldberg, actor/director/screenwriter RIder Strong, and essayist/comic/and radio personality Julia Pistell. All three of us went to graduate school together in some dark, nebulous, yellowed past, and have continued talking about books ever since. We read everything from the biggest prize-winning books of our time to obscure poetry to Choose Your Own Adventure books; essentially, whatever we want, with no real rhyme or reason. We’re currently mid-way through our ‘Big Pandemic Read’ of Middlemarch.