John Domini has sold his new book of stories, MOVIELOA! Dzanc Books has selected the manuscript as the co-winner of its fiction contest. A number of stories from this sequence have appeared recently, in Gargoyle, Keyhole, and online at Conjunctions, The Collagist and elimae. The elimae issue also has a brief interview. Look for the book in 2015.
Dzanc Books will also be bringing out John's first collection of non-fiction,The Sea-God's Herb. See the cover here. The book selects from John's many essays and reviews, published in the New York Times and elsewhere. Most of the work has to do with literature, but also reaches out to other areas of culture, like visual arts and television. Look for the book in spring, 2014.
John's first book of poetry, The Grand McLuckless Road Atlas, is out now on Pedestrian Press/Bicycle Review. A chapbook, Grand McLuckless selects from about a decade of John's poetry, and includes a prize-winner. Both print and electronic editions are available now, both from the press or on Amazon. Blas Falconer calls the book "full of wit and music."
John strongly supports independent bookstores, and he recommends readers use his local, Beaverdale Books of Des Moines. The store is easy to reach off its website or through IndieBound, and will ship anywhere (buyer pays shipping). Naturally, the books remain available on Amazon and elsewhere.
John spent July and August 2012 in the Val di Comino, southeast of Rome, as the artist in residence with the Festival delle Storie. He gave a number of public talks, and there's a video in Italian which provides information on the entire Festival. The residency proved essential for a memoir now underway to be titled Cooking the Octopus.
The opening of that memoir-in-progress is now in print, in Zone 3.
Something else that came out of John's residency was a long interview in the Rome journal The American. Thanks especially to David Winner.
Thanks to Tom Verso for his enthusiastic essay-review about A Tomb on the Periphery on the i-Italy website.
An excerpt from John's novel in progress, the third in his Naples trilogy, is the "featured fiction" in the Del Sol Review, Catwalk Plastique, part of Web del Sol.
John's first four books have been bought by Dzanc Books, to be reissued in electronic versions. Dzanc will publish ebooks of the two story collections Bedlam and Highway Trade, and the two novels Talking Heads: 77 and Earthquake I.D. These will be available for download in a variety of formats, starting late 2013. Bedlam, John's first book, will include a new author's preface and two early stories that have never before appeared in any collection.
The website Magna GRECE, in early 2012, ran a wide-ranging and thoughtful interview. Many thanks to Olivia Cerrone and John Napoli.
In late '09, John's novel Terremoto Napoletano, the Italian translation of Earthquake I.D., was the runner-up for Italy's Domenico Rea prize. A panel of editors and critics selected the finalists.
John's novel A Tomb on the Periphery made the short list for "the best of international publishing" at the London Book Festival.
Aaron Plesak has a fine and brainy essay-review about A Tomb on the Periphery in the February 2010 Collagist. "No object encountered is neutral... we are reminded how a tiny item or gesture may conjure the past... the pleasure is in discovering the characters." Many thanks to Aaron and the editors.
Terremoto Napoletano was translated by Stefano Manferlotti. The press is Tullio Pironti Editore, the first Italian house to publish Don DeLillo. In Italy the book has received a lot of attention. La Repubblica, the largest paper in Italy, praised the novel as "dense with surprises... with so many stories and characters knit together in rhythm and in harmony." In Il Mattino, Fabrizio Coscia calls it: "a voyage of initiation... that seduces and wounds... in a city unmasked by Domini's style, refined, visionary, and alert to paradox." In Roma, Marco Catizone writes that Terremoto Napoletano: "captures all the subversive possibilities of language in a kaleidoscope of vibrant sound and image."
A long essay on new narrative has gotten a good deal of attention. "Against the 'Impossible to Explain:' the Postmodern Novel & Society.", has been discussed on HTMLGIANT and elsewhere, and will lead off Johnís 2014 collection, The Sea-God's Herb. The book will also include reviews in Bookforum that were selected by the National Book Critics Circle as its "Review of the Week". An essay on Gilbert Sorrentino, in The Believer, drew an appreciative mention in Vanity Fair.
Among the criticism and book reviews John has recently published, a number of have drawn special notice. A review in Bookforum was selected by the National Book Critics Circle as its "Review of the Week". An essay on Gilbert Sorrentino, in The Believer, drew an appreciative mention in Vanity Fair.
John's two most recent grants came from the Iowa Arts Council, including a Major Artist Award for $8500 in '09.
Thanks to Richard Godwin for his wide-ranging interview at his Chin Wag site.
Thanks to Jason Pettus for his review of A Tomb on the Periphery in the Chicago Center for Literature & Photography. Pettus awarded the novel 9.6 stars and compared it favorably with work of Michael Chabon and Cormac McCarthy, "stunning in its quality."
Thanks to Emanuele Pettener for his interview with John in the Winter Rain Taxi.
Thanks to Dan Wickett and his Emerging Writers Network for selecting A Tomb on the Periphery as on of their favorites for 2008. Emerging Writers Network awarded the book four and half stars: "extremely well-developed characters... a flair not frequently seen..."
Thanks to Michael Madison for his review/interview in the October, '08, Bookslut.com. Madison said that A Tomb on the Periphery "takes the trappings of noir then transcends the genre... a lush and generous work."
Thanks to Linda Lappin for her review of A Tomb on the Periphery in GentlyReadLiterature.com. Lappin says the novel is "a flash of authentic Naples.... Extraordinary energy and plasticity... startles, stabs, tickles and at times dazzles."
Thanks to Jason Pettus and the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography for a wonderful review of Earthquake I.D., online at January 9, 2009. Pettus gave the novel 9.5 stars out of 10: "I'm in the presence of greatness... one of the best-written books of our times."
Thanks to Fred Gardpahe for his thoughtful review of Earthquake I.D. in Fra Noi. "A well focused plot tightly wound... Enough mystery to keep the pages turning while telling a contemporary story that can touch us all."
Other reviews will be found on the pages for Tomb on the Periphery and Earthquake I.D. page, as under "Pertinent Links."
John's translation of Tullio Pironti's memoir, Books & Rough Business, is in bookstores and online. In Italy, the memoir received over 100 reviews.
"A tour de force, a crime novel and at the same time a moving story, A Tomb on the Periphery is wonderful." - Jay Parini
"John Domini is a master of suspense and psychological complexity." - Margot Livesey
"Earthquake I.D. is a wonderful novel of an old-fashioned sort... a rich feast." - Richard Ford, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
"John Domini is a writer of the world."