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"The essays and criticism in The Sea-God’s Herb are “often charming and ultimately important,” and together amount to “a thing of beauty.”"
— J.C. Hallman, author of B & Me, in Brooklyn Rail.  
"MOVIEOLA! is a glory -- smart, cutting and funny. John Domini... gets to that scary place where we all dwell, our delusional but self-sustaining personal movies flickering inside our skulls, all of us bit players praying for a major arc."
— Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts.

John has readings and talks right through the fall. For all events, the information is below. Times given are local to the venue.

Vanity Fair praised MOVIEOLA! as "thoroughly entertaining" in its "Hot Type" column for June 2016. Chicago Tribune listed it as one of "30 Books You Should Read this Summer."

BBC Culture named MOVIEOLA! one of "ten books to devour" this summer. The Rumpus hailed it as "feverishly exuberant... both highly visual and incredibly verbal."

In Des Moines, John is the theater columnist for Cityview Magazine, under "Center Stage."

A new novel is on the way with Dzanc Books: The Color Inside a Melon, the finale of his Naples trilogy. Dzanc also published John's selected essays and criticism, The Sea-God's Herb.

John spent July and August 2012 in the Val di Comino, southeast of Rome, as artist in residence with the Festival delle Storie. He gave a number of public talks, and there's a video in Italian with a bit of his work.

The residency proved essential for a memoir in progress, titled Cooking the Octopus. An early version of the book's opening is in the Spring, 2013, issue of Zone 3.

Dzanc has reissued John's first four books in electronic versions: two story collections and two novels.  Bedlam, John's first book, includes a new author's preface and two early stories never before collected.

In '09, Terremoto Napoletano, the Italian translation of John's Earthquake I.D., was the runner-up for Italy's Domenico Rea prize. The translator was Stefano Manferlotti and the press Tullio Pironti Editore.

John's recent grants include a Major Artist Award from the Iowa Arts Council.

All event times are local to the event.

Contact John Domini

John is always glad to hear from readers and thinkers: john@johndomini.com

He has won awards in all genres, with fiction in Paris Review and non-fiction in The New York Times. The Times praised his work as "dreamlike... grabs hold of both reader and character," and Alan Cheuse, of NPR's "All Things Considered," described it as "witty and biting."

John's grants include an NEA Fellowship and an Iowa Major Artist Award. He has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and makes his home in Des Moines.

Photo credit: Camille Renee.