J.J. Steinfeld launches book at open mike event

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The next session of the Dianne Hicks Morrow open mike, to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m., will feature a book launch by the well-known Island writer, J.J. Steinfeld.

“Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell”, Steinfeld’s 16th book, is an eclectic mix of 30 stories embracing and exploring the themes and the psychological terrain - from the absurd to the existential, the surreal to the spiritual - themes with which the author has been wrestling in all of his writing over the years. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Steinfeld is a fiction writer, poet and playwright with more than 300 short stories and 700 poems published in anthologies and periodicals in every Canadian province and internationally in 18 countries, and over 40 of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States. He lives in Prince Edward Island and it is said that he is patiently waiting for Godot and a phone call from Kafka.

Dianne Hicks Morrow recently completed her term as the Island’s fifth poet laureate and the literary community awaits the announcement by the ministry of tourism of culture of the next author to serve in that capacity. In the meantime, the monthly open mike sessions established by Hicks Morrow will continue with the support of the Writers Guild and TWiG.

All are welcome at the Baha’i Centre, 20 Lapthorn Ave. It is wheelchair accessible and alcohol-free. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read their own poetry or prose, anywhere from three to five minutes.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Canada, United States

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