Alex Kingsley Empress of Dust

Friday, October 11 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the release of Alex Kingsley’s debut novel, Empress of Dust.

Join us as we celebrate the release of Alex Kingsley’s debut novel, Empress of Dust. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

About the Book: There are monsters outside the city walls.

Harvard is small, anxious, and plagued by a constant tremor, which is not an ideal combination for a desert scavenger. He and his crew are under constant threat of desertwalker attacks, and Harvard is nearly useless against them.

When the biggest mistake of Harvard’s life separates him from his crew, he must learn the secrets of the desert beasts in order to survive the dangers of the dusts. Returning to Bastion with a surprising ally, Harvard is forced to choose between saving his crew or allying with the “monsters” who rescued him.

About the Author: Alex Kingsley (they/them) is a writer, comedian, game designer, and playwright. They are a cofounder of the new media company Strong Branch Productions, where they write and direct the sci-fi comedy podcast The Stench of Adventure and other shows. Their short fiction has appeared in Translunar Travelers Lounge, Radon Journal, The Storage Papers, and more. In 2023 they published their short story collection, The Strange Garden and Other Weird Tales. Their debut novel, Empress of Dust, will be published by Space Wizard Science Fantasy in the fall of 2024. Alex’s sci-fi plays have been produced in LA, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Alex’s SFF-related nonfiction has appeared in Interstellar Flight Magazine and Ancillary Review of Books. Their games can be downloaded pay-what-you-will at

Empress of Dust will officially be released on October 15. Event attendees will have a special opportunity to purchase the book as an early release during the event only on October 11. To order the book, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552.



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