Rex Pickett

Hi Everyone,

First, thank you for all the wonderful emails I’ve gotten on Sideways and the various sequels. It never gets old, it’s always gratifying, and I try to answer every single one of them.

It’s been a busy year. All the seeds I sowed over the past 3-4 years are coming to fruition. First, and foremost, is my new novel The Archivist. It’s out by Blackstone Publishing Nov. 9, in hardcover, e-book and audiobook. This work has been five years in the writing!

Sept. 10, 11, and 12 we’re performing a Concert of Songs from my Sideways: The Musical at Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma. We’re doing 10 songs from the musical. And they’ve never been performed live ever before. The full musical, due to the pandemic, has yet to be staged. Sponsored by American Express, Wine Direct and Hitching Post, produced by John Campbell and composed by Anthony Leigh Adams this promises to be the first of many to come.

I also have wines coming out from both Chile and New Zealand. The Pinot Noir from Chile is en route. Huge shout-out to Mario Velasco, my partner in wine in beautiful Chile for making this happen. More on this in the coming weeks. [Jeff, this could maybe be a separate button labeled “Wines”]

And if the gods are with me, if the planets stay even remotely aligned, I’m scheduled to fly to New Zealand to write Sideways IV: NZ. This has been months in the works with Kiwi Youssef Mourra, who is also the brains behind the NZ wines.

And then – yes, there’s more! – there’s my 3-volume autobiography My Life on Spec, with Vol. I due out in the spring of 2022 by Exile Editions. The truth is finally going to get told!

Rex Pickett

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The Archivist

My novel The Archivist is now available for pre-order from Amazon and all other sites that sell books. Official publication is Nov. 9, 2021. It’s only in hardcover, but it will soon be available in an e-book as well as paperback. Five years in the writing …


“Suspenseful and haunting, The Archivist carried me away. Rex Pickett’s noir novel of obsessive passion, deadly secrets, and the power of creativity unrolls with relentless, tidal force. Join heroine Emily Snow and take a journey into the dark archives. Enthralling.”

– Meg Gardiner, author of the UNSUB series

“The Archivist is a powerfully engrossing Mystery/Thriller by Author Rex Pickett. A departure from the Sideways trilogy, Pickett gracefully draws the reader into a web of love, obsession, paranoia, betrayal, and the written word. The plot draws the reader in subtly, and shortly thereafter, they are as consumed as Emily in discovering a dark reality.”

– Philip Zozzaro, San Francisco Book Review

“Pickett does for university archives what Raymond Chandler did for L.A.”

– Janet Somerville, Author of Yours for Probably Always

“Never underestimate an archivist. Rex Pickett’s The Archivist is a haunting and sometimes heartbreaking exploration of the truths and power records hold, the insidiousness of their erasure and destruction, and the redemption that can be found in their restoration and preservation. It captures the archival thrill of the hunt, the pursuit of all the pieces that will tell a story, no matter what the consequences. In this shattering thriller, Pickett’s Emily Snow shows that archivists are detectives, and relentless ones, at that.

The Archivist surfaces the hidden and often ignored labor of the archival profession. Pickett captures the joys, hazards, and annoyances of being an archivist and renders a closely-observed depiction of the politics and pecking orders of libraries, special collections, and archives. Archivists are at turns eavesdroppers and voyeurs, sometimes bonded to their subjects. Although often conflicted by competing obligations, they are driven by a singular mission to ensure that truths are preserved.”

– Caryn Radick, Digital Archivist, Rutgers University
From Amazon
When archivist Nadia Fontaine is found dead of an apparent drowning, Emily Snow is hired by Regents University to finish the job she started—to organize and process the papers of Raymond West, a famous Pulitzer Prize–winning author who has been short-listed for the Nobel.

Emily’s job comes with its inherent pressures. West’s wife, Elizabeth, is an heiress who’s about to donate $25 million to the Memorial Library—an eight-story architectural marvel that is the crown jewel of the university. The inaugural event in just a few months will be a gala for the Who’s Who of San Diego to celebrate the unveiling of the Raymond West Collection and the financial gift that made it all possible.

As Emily sets to work on the West papers, it begins to dawn on her that several items have gone missing from the collection. To trace their whereabouts, she gains unsupervised access to the highly restricted “dark archives,” in which she opens a Pandora’s Box of erotically and intellectually charged correspondence between Raymond West and the late Nadia Fontaine. Through their archived emails, Emily goes back a year in time and relives the tragic trajectory of their passionate love affair. Did Nadia really drown accidentally, as the police report concluded, or could it have been suicide, or, even worse, murder? Compelled to complete the collection and find the truth, Emily unwittingly morphs into an adult Nancy Drew and a one-woman archivist crusader on a mission to right the historical record.

Twisting slowly like a tourniquet, The Archivist turns into a suspenseful murder mystery with multiple and intersecting layers. Not just a whodunit, it is also a profound meditation on love, privacy, and the ethics of destroying or preserving materials of a highly personal nature.

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)

Sideways

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

Sideways

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

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.

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Representation:

Theater

Beth Blickers
Agency for the Performing Arts
135 West 50th St.
17th Floor
New York, NY 10020
(212) 205-4320
bblickers@apa-agency.com

Film/TV

David Saunders
Agency for the Performing Arts
405 S Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 888-4200
dsaunders@apa-agency.com

Literary

Steve Fisher
Agency for the Performing Arts
405 S Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 888-4214
sfisher@apa-agency.com

Management

John Campbell
JCINTIME, llc
(718) 207-3808
jcintime@gmail.com

Rex Pickett mailing address

3427 Dumas St.
San Diego, CA 92106