Paul Xylinides


This profile has to reach as far back as it can since, in this case, meaning begins there. No one knows my grandfather’s original name. At an undetermined age, he fled Russia’s civil wars in the early 20th century and arrived in Greece where he fashioned an identity for himself that was unique and yet of its place. Xylinides, translating as one occupied in some fashion or other with wood (ξύλο), now supplies the nom de plume for whatever I write. I owe the sentiment of this borrowed name to a man whose choices in the face of historical upheaval and existential threat ultimately provided for the existence of myself and others. He died leaving no other record than his forged identity soon after the birth of his daughter.

Wherever we find ourselves vast historical winds have deposited us and we remain either subject to their reach or within their unrelenting grip. Residence: Montreal. Education: McGill University, M.A. (English Literature). Mentor: David G. Taylor: Painter, teacher, writer.

Where to find Paul Xylinides online


The Sea Orchard
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Sometimes things go too far and the game gets out of hand. One discovers that secret desires can be not so good when they become real. Luckily the wave that carries the boy away is a horse that has some experience of the deep sea.
Koo Koo and the Gryphon
Price: Free! Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Do something naughty and the stone Gryphon, who is already very angry, will come to life! Perhaps Koo Koo the clown can protect you. Perhaps not! “Remember, my child, imaginary days don’t grow beneath trees - you have to climb up and pluck them.”
Sparagmos: the Fall
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,550. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Sometimes the truth is unbearable. Illusion, for awhile, is preferable. Such is the calculation that the young writer makes for those whom he does not wish to damage. Sparagmos, meaning the dismemberment of a victim, is intended in this memoir to apply in the original Greek sense of “tearing apart” as can occur to one’s consciousness — spiritual, emotional, and psychological — when under assault.
The Star-Dust Dreamers
Price: Free! Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
When bad-tempered Humpetty Dumpetty comes to town, he blocks out the sun and soon everyone falls asleep and enters a world of dreams. Everyone, that is, except for himself. He stays awake while everyone sleeps around him. One of their dreams makes him especially angry and so, feeling sorry for himself, he goes and sits on a wall …
The Lord of the Tower
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Who rides the giant butterflies must certainly win the battle or so thinks the Lord of the Tower until something muddy below rises on high and buries even his tower.
Chase Me!
Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
One autumn afternoon, the Montreal writer Paul Xylinides was playing outside with his niece when she called out to him to chase her. “If I catch you,” he warned, “I shall turn you into a princess!” “No!” she answered, as she ran, “I don’t want to be a princess!” but it was too late, for her uncle had already caught her.
The Witch Who Stole The Pink
Price: Free! Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
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The little old lady wants one pink gift after another, but then everything pink in Gabrielle's world vanishes and it becomes necessary to do something about it - with a lot of help from the Man in the Chair.
The Blade Runner Amendment
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,080. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
With the creation of genetically modified human replicants outlawed, in their stead, humanoids — computerized entities in human form — serve as intimate companions. Virgil Woolf has been content with his older, serviceable model until he finds his kindred spirit in a newer entity who is disruptive in ways that even she cannot compute.
The Elephant Who Was A Cloud
Price: Free! Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
One day, the Elephant who was a Cloud floated into the land of the Monkey King and, being a Cloud, It rained, and then Everything Grew and Grew and Grew Bigger but not always Better. “Remember, my child, imaginary days don’t grow beneath trees - you have to climb up and pluck them.”
The Wild Horses of Hiroshima
Price: Free! Words: 58,200. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
“Think of a city whose inhabitants respect more than each other and their own interests. Its destruction would not be a crime against humanity but a crime against life. They might not bomb such a city. There is no moral reason for humanity to continue, if its ends are limited to itself. And this is how we must stop seeing ourselves. This is why we destroy each other."
An American Pope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,280. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A modernizing American has assumed the papal throne. One of His first acts is to select a seventeenth century priest for canonization. The Congregation for the Causes of the Saints recoils in horror at the new pontiff’s choice. No one can truly fathom the life of the candidate for sainthood including the nun and priest who join forces to prepare the submission to Rome.

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