News

15 October 2019
It’s the official release date of our next publication, Misfit the Wanderer by author Patrick Barney. However, we’ve had a bit of a delay with the printer, so we won’t be able to ship out copies until the 19th or the 20th. To those who ordered books: sorry for the inconvenience!

23 September 2019

The God Setebos #21: On Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings

The God Setebos #20: On Robert Browning’s Caliban Upon Setebos

12 August 2019
We’re excited to announce our second publication of 2019, Patrick Barney’s Misfit the Wanderer, which will be released in the latter half of October.

Drawing on a range of aesthetic sources, from Miguel de Cervantes and Friedrich Nietzsche to Albert Camus, Ingmar Bergman, and Cormac McCarthy, Misfit the Wanderer is a tragicomedy that explores fantasy, addiction, helplessness, and friendship in confrontation with an immutable power.

Pothead, drug dealer, and all-around loser Misfit looks out his window one night and sees a fire blazing across the city. With no means of escape other than his feet, Misfit embarks on a harrowing exodus over countless city blocks. As the night progresses, the lives of strangers and friends intersect with his own, and each of their stories challenges Misfit to confront his notions of a world that apportions suffering and reprieve by chance. When at last all places of refuge appear out of reach, he must decide if he should continue struggling for his own life.

Patrick Barney has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MA in Professional Writing from the University of Cincinnati. He works as a technical writer in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and three children.

To support this publication, Xi Draconis Books is running a Kickstarter campaign. Head here to donate.

Here’s the cover art, from fantastic artist Tracy Bishop:

Misfit the Wanderer Cover Cropped A Third Time

25 July 2019
The God Setebos #19: On Robert Coover’s Gerald’s Party

11 July 2019
The God Setebos #18: On Fran Ross’s Oreo

31 May 2019
The God Setebos #17: An Interview with Jennifer Lagier, Author of Trumped Up Election

24 May 2019
The God Setebos #16: On Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood

14 May 2019
The God Setebos #15: On John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor

23 April 2019
Trumped Up Election is now available to order! Just head over here, provide your snail mail address, and let us know that’s the book you want, and it’ll be in the mail within two business days. If you’re interested in a free digital copy, head here, scroll down, and follow the link.

16 April 2019
The God Setebos #14: On Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan

9 April 2019
We’re now accepting visual artwork for publication on our website, our email newsletter, and our social media feeds year round. Art may be of any style and size. If you’d like your artwork to be considered for the banner image on our site for a three-month period, please submit work in a wide aspect ratio. Head here for more details.

19 March 2019
Head over here to read an excerpt from our upcoming publication Trumped Up Election. It will be released on 23 April 2019.

18 March 2019
The God Setebos #13: On Steve Erickson’s Zeroville

1 March 2019
Check out the new header image from artist Cynthia Yatchman.

16 February 2019
The God Setebos #12: On Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed

15 February 2019
Xi Draconis Books is extremely excited to announce Jennifer Lagier’s Trumped Up Election, which will be released in the latter half of April.

Trumped Up Election documents the dystopian world of compromised US politics, the devaluation of civility, and the destruction of cultural norms during the 2016 presidential election. Bearing witness to the rise of misogyny, racism, corruption, and homophobia, this collection of poetry explores the progressive dismantling of democratic process, abandonment of ethical behavior, and a country in accelerating free-fall toward fascism.

Jennifer Lagier is a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and a former area coordinator for California Poets in the Schools. She has published fifteen books, edits the Homestead Review, maintains websites for Misfit Magazine and Ping Pong Free Press, and helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings.

Check out the amazing cover art for her book, from Uruguayan artist Mauricio Paz Viola:

Trumped Up Election Cover for Website

Stay tuned for more news regarding the book release!

7 February 2019
The Gods Setebos #11: On Janet Frame’s The Carpathians

6 February 2019
Unfortunately, the contact form on our Order a Book page wasn’t working for an unspecified number of days. We’ve fixed the problem now, but if you’ve ordered a book since 31 January, we likely haven’t received your communication. Please email the editor at xidraconisbooks@gmail.com to confirm your order, or resubmit through our contact form.

29 January 2019
We’re branching out! In April of this year, Xi Draconis Books will release the first issue of its new publication, Xi Draconis Magazine. XDM is intended to widen the space for social justice writing by publishing short stories, poems, and creative essays in addition to the book-length works it already publishes. The magazine will be free, just like our books, and will be available for download as a PDF directly from our website. So, if you have a socially engaged story, poem, or essay, check out our submission guidelines here.

23 January 2019
The God Setebos #10: On Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing

14 January 2019
The God Setebos #9: On Octavia Butler’s Kindred

7 January 2019
The God Setebos #8: On Sergio de la Pava’s A Naked Singularity