Th e a u t h o r

Joe Gold is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in San Francisco. He routinely morphs between web journalist, tech marketer, ad copywriter, broadcast producer, marketing teacher and award-winning journalist and fiction writer.

Joe is the first American-born son of scrappy Holocaust survivors. His childhood was on a chicken farm in Woodbine, N.J., and teen years in Philadelphia.

He was 18 and fresh from the high school and the second Kennedy assasination when the family moved from east to west, specifically Tucson, and Joe started journalism at the University of Arizona. He wrote for the Arizona Wildcat, the Tucson Free Press, the Tucson Weekly and the Philadelphia Bulletin.

At the Arizona Daily Star, he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, first for a groundbreaking series on the early gay rights movement, and then a Sunday feature of long range transportation plans.

He hiked canyons, started Gold Images advertising agency and taught college marketing. Although he managed his dad's Lamp Post Motel for a few years, you may rest fully assured that the story is entirely fiction.

After decades of lusting for San Francisco, Joe Go left his home in Tucson, Arizona; bought some California grass. Living in the Bay Area has surpassed the highest hopes. He is currently chairs the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Writers Union.

Unfortunately, he bears no relation to another, better known Joe Gold, the Schwartzenegger mentor who founded World Gym and Gold's Gym and appeared on Groucho Marx' You Bet Your Life. Of course, that other Joe Gold is dead, and, at last report, this one is not.



Joe Gold



Personal appearances and milestones

  • Amazon Kindle author-restored edition goes on sale May 15, 2009, for a measly $4.
  • National Writers Union reading at San Francisco Public Library, September 2008
  • TusCon science fiction convention, Tucson, AZ, November 9-11, 2007
  • Podcast on complete on first anniversary of publication date, Oct. 22, 2007
  • Sonoma County Book Festival, Santa Rosa, CA, September 15, 2007
  • National Writers Union Delegates Assembly reading, Emerson College, Boston, MA, August 11, 2007
  • Bird and Beckett, San Francisco, July 30, 2007
  • Bonanza Street Books, Walnut Creek, CA, July 29, 2007
  • Arizona Book Festival, Phoenix, April 14, 2007
  • Books Inc., Mountain View, CA, Feb. 21, 2007
  • Podcast audiobook launch on, Feb. 11, 2007
  • Borders Books, Park Place Mall, Tucson, Dec. 17, 2006
  • Mal Sharpe's "Back on Basin Street," KCSM 91.1 Bay Area jazz radio, December 3, 2006
  • Bent Cover Books, Phoenix, AZ  November 25, 2006
  • TusCon science fiction convention, Tucson, AZ, November 11-12, 2006
  • Official launch Oct. 22, 2006, Borderlands Books, San Francisco
  • CopperCon, Tempe, AZ, Sept. 1-3, 2006; first public reading
  • WorldCon, Anaheim, CA Aug 24-27, 2006; prepress edition release

Minutae you need not care about

  • Born in Gary, Indiana, 1950. Escaped as an infant to New Jersey.
  • Read Superman comics on chicken coop roofs
  • Saw President Kennedy speak at Independence Hall, July 4, 1962
  • Lusted 30 years for San Francisco before arriving in 1997
  • Shares a birthday will Bill Moyers and Pancho Villa
  • Watched Alan Shepard launched as the first American in space May 5, 1961
  • Robert Kennedy died on Joe's 18th birthday
  • Conscientious objector during Vietnam
  • One of 87,000 people in the stadium the night Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination
  • "JoJo left his home in Tucson, Arizona, bought some California grass," i.e. moved to the San Francisco Bay Area May 1, 1997
  • Addicted to jazz
  • Favorite quote: "You had 12 children in 14 years? I like my cigar, too, but I take it out once in a while." —Groucho Marx
  • Saw Ray Charles live
  • Writing another novel or three
  • Desperately hopes we're still evolving
  • Votes regularly
  • Misses Kurt Vonnegut. So it goes.

Contact Goldscribe

They call him goldscribe

If you have forged a spuiritual connection with the book, if you are truly pissed off, or if you want to write the author just for the halibut, drop an e-mail to Joe Gold via, go hang out at and peruse the portfolio.

So, for what you're waiting?

Buy, buy, buy

On the planet Dizurmel, purchasing four copies of The Lamp Post Motel is considered a critical indicator of an enlightened spirit. On other worlds, it displays sympathy for ink-stained/toner-addicted wretches who want to be a paperback writer.

The Lamp Post Motel makes a marvelous gift for anyone you want to offend.

Print copies are becoming rare. Your best bet these days is the downloadable, author-restored Amazon Kindle version, which you can buy right here.

Independent bookstore folk, order a few to tempt your customers with a little thoughtful vulgarity. Or if you're so inclined, set up a display table with 72 copies of The Lamp Post Motel. Feel free to show off your exquisite taste by ordering dozens of copies from Small Press Distribution ( and help this nonprofit support authors and publishers with a little less clout.


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© Copyright 2006-09, Joe Gold. Some rights reserved per Creative Commons 3.0 attribution license. You may use the material here IF you attribute it to me, and do not use it for commercial gain or remix it.