Rex Pickett

Hey, everyone. Thanks for stopping by my website. As you probably know, I’m the author of the novel Sideways, the novel on which the now iconic wine movie of the same title was adapted. Here on my website you’ll find everything about me – what I’m working on; contact info; media and more. I’m currently particularly excited about the release of my novel The Archivist, due out fall of this year from Blackstone Publishing. Sideways the musical has all the songs written and recorded, but the pandemic has put a moratorium on that for now, but it’s going to happen. In addition, there’s a chance I might be going to an unnamed country to write Sideways IV. Check in for details when the deal is consummated. I will be refreshing this site often with updates on all my various projects. Please feel free to write me. I love getting mail and I respond to all of them.

The Archivist

My novel The Archivist was conceived over 6 years ago when my papers were taken by Geisel Library’s Special Collections & Archives, situated on the campus of my alma mater UCSD. A huge honor. At first I wrote The Archivist as an 8-part limited series, but when I got offered by Blackstone Publishing to write it as a novel I jumped at the chance. The Archivist has been 6 years in gestation. It’s done now. Publication will be late 2019 or early 2020. Check out this podcast I did with my archivist Kate Saeed, who I collaborated closely with on the novel.

Sideways: The Musical

I adapted my novel Sideways into a stage play in 2012. It’s had 4 very successful runs, including a record-shattering premiere at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, CA and an all-time attendance record run at La Jolla Playhouse with 3-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff directing. In 2017 I contacted my musical composer friend Anthony Adams about doing the musical. He was beyond enthusiastic about the idea. Two years later, collaborating closely, we now have a fully-realized libretto and more than half the songs recorded, and very soon will be announcing the director. We have every intention of premiering Sideways: the Musical summer of 2020. Come back for updates!

“Road trip! Famously translated to the screen by Alexander Payne, Sideways deserves to be read and relished. Dour Miles and priapic Jack are the Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty of this contemporary picaresque which is by turns hilarious, poignant, and intoxicating.”

— Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City)


Follow Miles and Jack beyond the first novel into the Sideways trilogy. Through successes to hardship, the story of Miles continues…


Sideways is the story of two friends-Miles and Jack-going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars.


Vertical tracks the continuing story of Miles Raymond and his buddy Jack. It’s seven years later. Miles has written a novel that has been made into a wildly successful movie, and the movie has changed his life.

Sideways 3 Chile

Sideways 3 Chile finds Miles running out of money, but still surviving on the fumes of a past, but fleeting, fame. When a new opportunity arises to write for a magazine about the diverse wine regions of Chile.

Get In Touch

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Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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Rex Pickett mailing address

3427 Dumas St.
San Diego, CA 92106