Writer, John Domini

John Domini has both a novel and a book of stories on the way with Dzanc Books. A set of linked stories, MOVIELOA! will appear in 2015, and the following year Dzanc will publish The Color Inside a Melon, the final novel in his Naples trilogy. A number of stories from this sequence have appeared recently, in Gargoyle, Keyhole, and online at Conjunctions, The Collagist. An excerpt from the new novel, adapted to stand alone, the "featured fiction" in Del Sol Review, part of Web del Sol.

Dzanc Books is also bringing out John's first collection of non-fiction, The Sea-God's Herb. The book is now available, and selects from John's many essays and reviews, published in the New York Times and elsewhere. Subjects range from novels and poetry to visual arts and television.

Publishersí Weekly called Sea-Godís Herb "poetic" and "fascinating;" Brooklyn Rail called it "important" and "provocative." Tom Verso, writing in i-Italy, called it "significant" and a "must read". For more reviews, see the Books and Buy Books pages.

Sea-Godís Herb also led to new interviews, in The Believer and elsewhere. Again, youíll find more information on other pages here.

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, 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.

In Des Moines, John is now the theater and performance columnist for Cityview Magazine. Look for him under "Entertainment" and "Center Stage," every week.

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 will return in 2014, giving public talks, and there's a video in Italian provides information on the entire Festival.

John's connection with them proved essential for a memoir now underway, Cooking the Octopus. The opening of that work-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.

A Tomb on the Periphery, John's 2008 novel on Gival Press, is now in an electronic edition, at Amazon and elsewhere. Thanks to Tom Verso for his enthusiastic essay-review about A Tomb on the Periphery on the i-Italy website.

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 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."

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 it leads off John’s new collection, The Sea-God's Herb. The new book will also include work John has published in Bookforum including one 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 continues to do criticism and reviews.

John's won recent grants from the Iowa Arts Council, including a Major Artist Award for $8500 in '09.

Thanks to Emanuele Pettener for his interview with John in the Winter Rain Taxi.

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."

Thanks to Jeff VanderMeer for the article and interview on Amazon's Omnivoracious page.

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.

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."
- Steve Erickson

Tomb on the Periphery, by John Domini.    Earthquake I.D., by John Domini.