Open mike on Jan. 13 to fea­ture J.J. Ste­in­feld book launch

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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 avail- able 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.

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