Video interview about The Beautiful Miscellaneous Web Interview with Dominic Smith Profile of Texas Writers, including Dominic Smith, in The Texas Observer Happy Accidents: Dominic Smith on The Beautiful Miscellaneous feature in the Austin Chronicle

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
Geoff Dyer

E. L. Doctorow
Wright Morris
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


Dominic grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Austin, Texas. He holds an MFA in writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly.

His awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, 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. In 2006, his debut novel The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program. It also received the Steven Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Dominic's second novel, The Beautiful Miscellaneous, was a Booklist Editors' Choice and optioned for a film by Southpaw Entertainment. His third novel—Bright and Distant Shores— was published in 2011. In the US it was named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the "Best Books of 2011" and chosen by the American Library Association for its annual reading list. In Australia, it was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year and the Vance Palmer Prize, two of Australia's foremost literary awards. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, his fourth novel, will be published by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US in April of 2016. It will also come out in Australia, the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands in 2016.

Dominic serves on the fiction faculty in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught recently at the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and Rice University.

My 10x12 backyard writing studio in Austin. My idea of bookish heaven: Dutch booksellers comissioned Merkx +Girod architects to build a bookstore inside an old Dominican church in Maastricht, Netherlands. Alexandre Dumas’s country writing cottage.