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Ivan G. Goldman's Biography

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Los Angeles
Mar 2009

New York Times-best-selling author Ivan Goldman's fourth novel Isaac: A Modern Fable was published by The Permanent Press in April 2012 and received a starred review in BookList. His novel The Barfighter was nominated as a 2009 Notable Book by the American Library Association. A Fulbright Scholar, his writing has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, Utne Reader, The Nation, National Review, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He lives in Los Angeles.


The American Library Association nominated The Barfighter (The Permanent Press; 2009) as a Notable Book of 2009. “Booklist called The Barfighter  “a fine book” that “illuminates a largely unknown world and tells an engaging tale of redemption filled with vividly drawn characters. The Barfighter is wryly funny, insightful, and warmly human.”

            Said Kirkus Reviews: “Entertaining and acutely observed — and the boxing milieu and mindset are utterly persuasive. A winner.”

Kirkus Reviews called his firs novel, Where the Money Is: A Novel of Las Vegas (Barricade; 1995) “an impressive debut . . . a stylish twisty first novel.”

The Sacramento Review said his third novel Exit Blue (Black Heron; 2010), a  a Roman à clef, " satirizes government, politicians, business, and to some extent the ordinary citizen. Some of the situations presented and the thought processes revealed are probably uncomfortably closer to the truth than we would like to admit."

            His non-fiction title L.A. Secret Police, co-authored with ex-detective Mike Rothmiller, was a New York Times best-seller.

You can find out more about Goldman’s background in his article “Caste and Class on The Washington Post” It appeared in Columbia Journalism Review and is online at http://www.coliserv.net/swm/goldman-caste.html


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Upcoming Works

Isaac: A Modern Fable (Permanent Press; 2012)


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Recommended Links


Pocket Books, Barricade, The Permanent Press, Black Heron