When Tod was growing up, all he ever wanted was to be on a game show. When that dream came true, the events that unfolded were different than he expected.
From the event: 'All I Ever Wanted': Stories of Growing Up
Tod Goldberg is the author of over a dozen award-winning books, including the novels Gangsterland, a 2015 finalist for the Hammett Prize, Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, in June 2016, The House of Secrets, which he co-wrote with Brad Meltzer. His essays, journalism, and criticism appear widely, including in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books and, recently, The Best American Essays. A native of Palm Springs, he now lives in Indio, with his wife the writer Wendy Duren, and directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.