Past Events
Planned 2015 Events (so far)Various, April 05, 2015
04/02 San Antonio Book Festival
04/05 US On Sale Date for The Last Painting of Sara de Vos/ Dallas Museum of Art Book Launch
04/09 Lone Star Book Festival
04/20 Writing on the Air interview
04/21 Blanton Museum of Art Event in Austin
05/01 Australia On Sale Date
05/12 Friends of Georgetown Public Library Event

Reading and table hostSaturday, October 06, 2012
"An Evening with the Authors," a fundraiser for the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, TX.
More details to come.

Texas Book Festival 2011Saturday and Sunday, October 22, 2011
Participating in the Texas Book Festival, appearance date and time TBD.

Writers League of Texas: An Author's Guide to PR and MarketingThursday, October 20, 2011
Writers' League of Texas
611 S. Congress, Suite 130
Austin, TX  78704

Wordstock Book Festival, Portland ORSunday, October 09, 2011
McMenamins Stage. A reading and signing.

Baltimore Book FestivalSaturday, September 24, 2011
CityLit Stage. Will be participating in the reading "Not From These Parts: Readings by Non-Hometown Boys."

Chicago Public Library Event - A Reading and PanelTuesday, September 20, 2011
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street, 60605
(312) 747-4300

Roosevelt University - A ReadingMonday, September 19, 2011
Roosevelt University
Gage Auditorium
430 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

US Launch of Bright and Distant ShoresFriday, September 16, 2011
603 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78703

Reading and Signing: Avid Reader Bookshop, Brisbane, AustraliaThursday, June 16, 2011

Avid Reader Books
193 Boundary Street
West End, Brisbane QLD
Australia 4101
PH: (07) 3846-3422

Gleebooks, Sydney: Dominic Smith in Conversation with Don AndersonThursday, June 09, 2011

All launches & events are held Upstairs @ 49
(unless otherwise stated)

49 Glebe Point Road

Glebe Sydney NSW

ph: 9660 2333


Writer-in-Residence Reading at Warren Wilson CollegeWednesday, April 13, 2011
Warren Wilson College
701 Warren Wilson Rd.
Swannanoa, NC 28778

UT English Department Reading (as Visiting Writer/Professor)Tuesday (7:30pm), November 16, 2010
University of Texas at Austin
Joynes Reading Room
(in Carothers Residence Hall)

Book Club appearanceTuesday, December 04, 2009
Milwood Branch Library
12500 Amherst Dr.
Austin, TX 78727
(512) 339-2355

Texas Book Festival Panel 'Father Knows Worst'Saturday, October 31, 2009
see the Texas Book Festival website for details:


First Pre-publication review for The Last Painting of Sara de VosNovember 2015

Library Journal starred review:

"Highly evocative of time and place, this stunning novel explores a triumvirate of fate, choice, and consequence and is worthy of comparison to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. VERDICT Just as a painter may utilize thousands of fine brushstrokes, Smith slowly creates a masterly, multilayered story that will dazzle readers of fine historical fiction."

Sale of My New Novel: THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA de VOSOctober 2014

I'm delighted to announce that my new novel--The Last Painting of Sara de Vos--will be forthcoming with Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the US in 2016. The novel will come out with Allen & Unwin in Australia, New Zealand and in the UK. The novel also recently sold to German and Dutch publishers.

The book takes place within 17th century Holland and within the contemporary worlds of art restoration and forgery.

American Library Association adds Bright and Distant Shores to its 2012 Reading ListJanuary 2012

Kirkus Reviews chooses Bright and Distant Shores for its "Best Books of 2011" listNovember 2011

Thanks to Kirkus Reviews for including Bright and Distant Shores on its "Best Books of 2011" list.

"Bright and Distant Shores" shortlisted for The Age Book of the YearAugust 2011

"Bright and Distant Shores" shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for FictionJuly 2011

Sydney Morning Herald ProfileMarch 2011

A recent profile of me and Bright and Distant Shores in The Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum section.

Review of Bright and Distant Shores in The AustralianFebruary 26, 2011

Forthcoming Third Novel

My new novel—Bright and Distant Shores—comes out in Australia and the US in 2011. Allen & Unwin will publish the novel in March in Australia and Washington Square Press/Simon and Schuster will publish it here in the US in September.

Paperback releaseSummer 2008

The Beautiful Miscellaneous is out in paperback.

Film rights soldDecember 2007

The film rights for The Beautiful Miscellaneous have been optioned to Southpaw Entertainment and producer Richard Lewis, whose recent films include August Rush starring Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. I was also fortunate enough to adapt my own novel for the screenplay.


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