University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Dominic Smith

Stacy Sodolak

Mr. Smith is appearing courtesy of Picador Macmillan

Dominic Smith is the author of four novels, including "The Last Painting of Sara de Vos," a New York Times Bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Sold into more than a dozen countries, the novel was also a Best Book of the Year selection by Amazon and Kirkus Reviews, listed as one of the Top Ten Audiobooks by Slate, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence from the American Library Association. Dominic’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Texas Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, The Paris Review, The Australian, and The New York Times. He teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

A couple of review quotes about Smith's new book:

"A mesmerizing and magically faux historical novel . . . The Last Painting of Sara de Vosis 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." Jeanette Zwart, Shelf Awareness

"As in Girl with a Pearl Earring, the technical process and ineffable aspects of creating a masterpiece enrich this novel, but Smith had to invent his masterpieces because no works survive by the real-life Sarah van Baalbergen, who was the first woman admitted to the Guild of St. Luke. Smith s paintings, like his settings, come alive through detail: the Gowanus Expressway, ruins of an old Dutch village, two women from different times and places both able to capture on canvas simultaneous beauty and sadness." Publishers Weekly

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Scheduled events:
Art in Fiction
Every picture tells a story for the authors of these historical novels that examine the lives, loves and relationships of painters and their subjects--both real and imagined--and the consequences of the art they produced.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Christina Baker Kline, Dominic Smith, Dawn Tripp
Moderator: Jodi Horton
Myth and Memory
The past informs the present and is never far behind the characters in these three novels, whose authors will discuss how long-buried secrets and ancestral legacy can overwhelm and undo us.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Adrienne Celt, Adelia Saunders, Dominic Smith
Moderator: Roger Myers

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Fiction / Literature
April 2016
ISBN 9780374106683
Hardcover, 304 pages
$26.00, INSTORE
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A masterful new story charts the circuitous course of the sole surviving work of a female Dutch painter This is what we long for: the profound pleasure of being swept into vivid new worlds, worlds peopled by characters so intriguing and real that we can't shake them, even long after the reading's done. More/less

The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre
Fiction / Literature
Washington Square
ISBN 9780743271240
Paperback, 336 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
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A tale set in the cafés and streets of early Bohemian Paris finds increasingly delusional photographer Louis Daguerre anticipating the apocalypse and pursuing ten objects he wants to daguerreotype before the world comes to an end. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
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