Read the profile here. Listen to my conversation about The Last Painting of Sara de Vos as part of the Publishers Weekly podcast series.

Read my interview about 17th century Dutch art and The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Read about my fiction projects, past and present, in this profile.

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
a formidable talent” —The Sydney Morning Herald
a major talent” —Australian Book Review
part of the new artistic vanguard” —The Australian
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 is the author, most recently, of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and an Amazon Editors’ Top Pick.

His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Texas Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. 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 Australia Council for the Arts. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and 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.

My 10x12 backyard writing studio in Austin.Photo Credit:
Rodolfo Gonzalez
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.