Planned 2016 Events (so far)Various, April 01, 201504/02 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, Houston
04/10 LA Times Book Festival
04/12 Reading at Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street Greensboro NC
04/20 Writing on the Air interview, KOOP Radio Austin
04/21 Blanton Museum of Art Event in Austin
04/27 Australia On Sale Date
05/12 Friends of Georgetown Public Library Event
08/03 SYDNEY: Art After Hours, Art Gallery of NSW, 6:30pm In Conversation with Michael Brand
08/05-07 BYRON BAY: Byron Bay Writers Festival
08/08 BRISBANE: Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, 5pm
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, 2011Participating in the Texas Book Festival, appearance date and time TBD.
Writers League of Texas: An Author's Guide to PR and MarketingThursday, October 20, 2011Writers' League of Texas
611 S. Congress, Suite 130
Austin, TX 78704
Wordstock Book Festival, Portland ORSunday, October 09, 2011McMenamins Stage. A reading and signing.
Baltimore Book FestivalSaturday, September 24, 2011CityLit 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, 2011Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street, 60605
Roosevelt University - A ReadingMonday, September 19, 2011Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
US Launch of Bright and Distant ShoresFriday, September 16, 2011BookPeople
603 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
Reading and Signing: Avid Reader Bookshop, Brisbane, AustraliaThursday, June 16, 2011
Avid Reader Books
Gleebooks, Sydney: Dominic Smith in Conversation with Don AndersonThursday, June 09, 2011
49 Glebe Point Road
Glebe Sydney NSW
ph: 9660 2333
Writer-in-Residence Reading at Warren Wilson CollegeWednesday, April 13, 2011Warren Wilson College
701 Warren Wilson Rd.
Swannanoa, NC 28778
UT English Department Reading (as Visiting Writer/Professor)Tuesday (7:30pm), November 16, 2010University of Texas at Austin
Joynes Reading Room
(in Carothers Residence Hall)
Book Club appearanceTuesday, December 04, 2009Milwood Branch Library
12500 Amherst Dr.
Austin, TX 78727
Texas Book Festival Panel 'Father Knows Worst'Saturday, October 31, 2009see the Texas Book Festival website for details: www.texasbookfestival.org
The Last Painting Chosen for Amazon's Best Books of 2016 So FarJune 2016See the full list here.
The Last Painting featured in The Boston Globe Summer Reading ListJune 2016See the full list here.
The Last Painting Tops the Indie Bookstore List in AustraliaJune 6, 2016The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is No.1 on the indie bestseller list in Australia. See the list here.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is on The New York Times Best Seller List!April 22, 2016I'm thrilled to announce that The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is on the New York Times Best Seller List! Read the "Inside the List" column. Read the list.
New York Times Editors' ChoiceApril 17, 2016The Last Painting of Sara de Vos has been chosen for The New York Times Editors' Choice. Full list.
Dominic included in the Weekend Australian's "Hot 10" List for the Artistic VanguardJune 02, 2016http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review
A stellar review in The Sydney Morning Herald"Dominic Smith's brilliant art novel...He is a great writer, particularly adept at the atmospheric details and the book is reminiscent of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch in its familiarity with the art world." Read full review.
A very favorable review in The AustralianMay 27, 2016Read the full review.
Sydney Morning Herald ProfileMay 20, 2016A very nice profile in the SMH: "what may be the most exciting breakthrough of 2016." Read the full profile.
NPR's Fresh Air Reviews The Last Painting of Sara de VosApril 21, 2016A very favorable review of the novel by Maureen Corrigan on Fresh Air. Listen now.
My Playlist of Paintings that Inspired the Novel is Now OnlineMay 2016My playlist of 16th and 17th century paintings that inspired my Sara de Vos novel. Read the list.
Sara de Vos Coverage in Australian Financial Review May 2016An early review in Australia for The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Full review.
Very favorable review in the San Francisco ChronicleApril 17, 2016"In this extraordinary narrative, lives, like paintings, can be great works of art, dependent on the minutest of decisions and happenstance. So, too, can novels, and in this sublime work about longing, creativity, love and loss, Smith explores what is authentic and what is hidden, on both the canvas and in the human heart." Full review.
A favorable review in The New York Times Book ReviewApril 10, 2016"Smith can craft an elegant page-turner that carries its erudition effortlessly on an energetic plot. His narratives may be complex, but that quality only enhances their suspense...Apart from the story’s firm historical grounding, the narrative has a supple omniscience that glides, Möbius-like, among the centuries without a snag. Smith’s 1637 is as convincing a realization as his 1957 or 2000, Amsterdam in its Golden Age no less vivid than millennial Manhattan....'The Last Painting of Sara de Vos' may begin as a mystery about a crime, but by the end the reader sees far beneath that surface: All along it was a mystery of the heart." Full review.
A very enthusiastic review in The Boston GlobeApril 08, 2016"Written in prose so clear that we absorb its images as if by mind meld, 'The Last Painting' is gorgeous storytelling: wry, playful, and utterly alive, with an almost tactile awareness of the emotional contours of the human heart. Vividly detailed, acutely sensitive to stratifications of gender and class, it’s fiction that keeps you up at night — first because you’re barreling through the book, then because you’ve slowed your pace to a crawl, savoring the suspense." Full review.
Strong Review in the Chicago TribuneApril 5, 2016"lustrous...skillful plotting and effortless prose...meticulously documents not only artists' products but also their tools and labor." Full review.
Pub Day for The Last Painting & Great Review in The Washington PostApril 5, 2016Very grateful for this amazing review in today's Washington Post. Read full review.
"The genius of Smith’s book is not just the caper plot but also the interweaving of three alternating timelines and locations to tell a wider, suspenseful story of one painting’s rippling impact on three people over multiple centuries and locations."
My Essay About the Lost Women Painters of the Dutch Golden Age on the Paris Review websiteApril 2016http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2016/04/04/daughters-of-the-guild/
My Essay on Fictional Artists from Literature Now up at Electric LiteratureApril 2016http://electricliterature.com/the-great-fictional-artists-of-literature-a-reading-list/
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos chosen for Amazon Editors' Picks for Best Books of AprilApril 2016"A vivid, enthralling novel that is as timeless and luminous as the painting itself."
Full list and review here.
Dallas Morning News ReviewApril 2016
Shelf Awareness ReviewMarch 17, 2016A very nice review in Shelf Awareness:
"The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is a splendid thing: a riveting mystery set in the rarified world of art collection about a stolen masterpiece and a gorgeous, haunting novel rooted in history, an incandescent achievement of literary imagination." Full review here.
Podcast Interview with Publishers WeeklyMarch 2016Listen to my conversation about The Last Painting of Sara de Vos on the Publishers Weekly podcast series.
Starred Review from Kirkus ReviewsMarch 4, 2016"This is a beautiful, patient, and timeless book, one that builds upon centuries and shows how the smallest choices—like the chosen mix for yellow paint—can be the definitive markings of an entire life." Full review.
Early Review in The AustralianFebruary 27, 2016"The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is a deeply researched, beautifully written, intellectually absorbing novel that also has the qualities of a page-turner...a tremendous story of art, deception, love, ambition and the place of women in the world, and in history. From the opening pages you know you are in the hands of a writer at the top of his game." Full review.
Booklist Starred RevewJan/Feb 2016
Delighted to receive a starred review over at Booklist:
"Wonderfully engaging...an outstanding achievement, filled with flawed and fascinating characters." Full review.
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 2014I'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 2012http://www.ala.org/rusa/awards/readinglist
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 2011http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/diverse-titles-compete-for-top-prize-20110805-1ifk4.html
"Bright and Distant Shores" shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for FictionJuly 2011http://wheelercentre.com/dailies/post/5ff0bb324840/
Sydney Morning Herald ProfileMarch 2011A 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, 2011http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/the-new-pacific-solution/story-e6frg8nf-1226011590344
Forthcoming Third NovelMy 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 2008The Beautiful Miscellaneous is out in paperback.
I'll be sending out periodic newsletters about upcoming books, stories, or readings. If you enjoy my work, I would love to keep you informed about its progress.