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REQUIRED READING An evergrowing list of my favorite writers & books—in no particular order
James Salter, especially Light Years and A Sport and a Pastime
E. L. Doctorow
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (everything)Virginia Woolf, especially Mrs. Dalloway
Cormac McCarthy, especially All The Pretty Horses and Blood Meridian W. G SebaldPaula Fox’s Desperate Characters Deborah EisenbergWilliam Trevor
Roberto BolanoThomas BernhardJoy WilliamsJoseph Mitchell, especially Up In The Old Hotel Paul Bowles
David Foster Wallace Tim WintonDavid MaloufDon DeLilloSalman Rushdie's Midnight's Children
Charles BaxterDenis JohnsonAndrea BarrettKazuo Ishiguro's Remains of the Day Peter Carey
Saul Bellow Charles Johnson's Middle PassageTobias WolffMichael ChabonAnnie Proulx
Nabokov, especially LolitaRichard Yates's Revolutionary Road Raymond Carver's short stories Frank Conroy’s Midair Barthelme’s Sixty Stories
J. D. Salinger Christina Stead Patrick White Jim CraceDickens
Joseph Conrad Michael Cunningham Chekhov, the stories Dostoevsky Kafka
James JoyceFitzgeraldEudora WeltyEthan Canin's Emperor of the Air and Blue RiverAnnie Dillard
Joan Didion John Cheever Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping
Smith's gifts as a storyteller and writer are obvious, sometimes overwhelming.” —Baltimore Sun
Smith has an artist's eye...” —Detroit Free Press
A richly promising start to the literary career of
Mr. Smith.” —Dallas Morning News
Highly entertaining...Smith is fascinating...” —The New York Times Book Review
BIOGRAPHYDominic grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Austin, Texas. He is the author, most recently, of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a New York Times Bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selection.
His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Texas Monthly, and the Chicago Tribune. His other novels are: The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, The Beautiful Miscellaneous, and Bright and Distant Shores. Dominic's awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and a new works grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. His work has also been shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year and the Vance Palmer Prize, two of Australia's foremost literary awards.
Dominic serves on the fiction faculty in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and Rice University.