Past Events
Australian Book TourAugust 01, 2019
I will be on book tour in Australia for The Electric Hotel from August 1 thru 12. Full listings and details here:

Book Event: BookPeople, AustinMonday, June 17, 2019
603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
In conversation with beloved Texas novelist, Stephen Harrigan, I'll be discussing and reading from The Electric Hotel.

Book Event: Third Place Books, Ravenna, SeattleWednesday, June 05, 2019
Third Place Book Ravenna
6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
I'll be discussing and reading from my new novel, The Electric Hotel. I'll even show a few silent film clips from the very first cinema exhibition in 1895.

Gaithersburg Books FestivalSaturday, May 20, 2017
Edgar Allen Poe Pavillion, with Eleanor Brown and Mark Laframboise
Festival schedule

Tucson Festival of BooksSaturday, March 11, 2017

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writing Conference | Arizona State UniversityFebruary 16, 2017

2016 EventsVarious, April 01, 2016
6:30pm Wed. Aug. 3 Art Gallery of NSW Art After Hours: In Conversation with Michael Brand

Aug. 4 thru Aug. 7 Byron Bay Writers Festival 

6pm Mon. Aug. 8 Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art 10am Tue. Aug. 9 Riverbend Books

6pm Tue. Aug. 9 Readings, Carlton 309 Lygon Street, Carlton
6:30pm Wed. Aug. 10 My Bookshop 430 Toorak Road, Toorak 

6pm Thur. Aug. 11 National Gallery of Australia 

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, 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

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:


The Electric Hotel gets an excellent review in The Washington PostJune 10, 2019

"Smith has the historical grounding of E.L. Doctorow, the character discernment of Alice McDermott and the bold whimsy of Mark Helprin. He is a writer of elegance, rich imagination and propulsive plotting." Read the full review.

Profile in the Sydney Morning HeraldJune 2019

Interview and discussion of The Electric Hotel in the Sydney Morning Herald.

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL gets a wonderful review in The New York Times!June 2019

I was thrilled to see a wonderful review of The Electric Hotel in The New York Times on publication day:
"Radiant...a vital and highly entertaining work about the act of creation, and about what it means to pick up and move on after you’ve lost everything.” Full review here.

The Electric Hotel receives enthusiastic reviews from Publishers Weekly and BooklistMarch 2019

  • “Smith’s tale is as luminous as celluloid projected on a silver screen...Highly recommended for historical fiction fans and readers who love old Hollywood novels.” – Booklist, starred review 
  • "Fascinating information about the making of silent films is balanced by poignant, emotional portrayals of individuals attempting to define their lives offscreen even as they made history on it. Smith winningly delves into Hollywood’s past."  – Publishers Weekly (full review)

The Electric Hotel Receives a Starred Review from Kirkus ReviewsMarch 2019

I'm thrilled to share the very first review for The Electric Hotel, a starred review from Kirkus.

NEW NOVEL COMING IN 2019March 2018

My new novel, The Electric Hotel, will be coming out in the middle of 2019 with FSG in the US and Allen & Unwin in Australia. More details to come!

2018 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the ArtsNovember 2017

I'm deeply honored to be among the recipients for a 2018 NEA Literature Fellowship!


So grateful to the Australian Independent Booksellers Association for choosing The Last Painting of Sara de Vos as their Fiction Book of the Year.

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos Named a Best Book of 2016 by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, Slate and the San Francisco ChronicleDecember 2016

Thrilled to see Sara de Vos on annual best book lists from Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, Slate (audio book), and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Longlist for the Carnegie Medal from the American Library AssociationNovember 2016

Thrilled to see Sara de Vos make the long list for the Carnegie Medal of Excellence for Fiction. Full list here.

The Guardian discusses The Last Painting of Sara de VosOctober 2016

An article in The Guardian discusses art forgery and recent art novels, including mine. Full article.

The Last Painting Chosen for Amazon's Best Books of 2016 So FarJune 2016

See the full list here.

The Last Painting featured in The Boston Globe Summer Reading ListJune 2016

See the full list here.

The Last Painting Tops the Indie Bookstore List in AustraliaJune 6, 2016

The 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, 2016

I'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, 2016

The 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 Artistic TalentsJune 02, 2016

Read here.

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, 2016

Read the full review.

Sydney Morning Herald ProfileMay 20, 2016

A 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, 2016

A 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 2016

My 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 2016

An 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, 2016

Very 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 2016

My Essay on Fictional Artists from Literature Now up at Electric LiteratureApril 2016

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.

Interview and coverage in The Chicago TribuneApril 2016

Interview here.

Dallas Morning News ReviewApril 2016

“...a sublime tale of one woman’s lost art, another woman’s tragic mistake, and a privileged man’s link between the two.” Full review here.

Shelf Awareness ReviewMarch 17, 2016

A 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 2016

Listen 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 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 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.


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.