Our Lady of Steerage

Steven Mayoff

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ISBN: 9781933480374

Our Lady of Steerage

  Author:   Steven Mayoff    
  Publisher:  Bunim & Bannigan

The visceral connection between Dvorah, rejected infant of grieving mother, and Mariasse, a young girl from Krakow, who nurses her in the lower decks of the ship carrying them to the new world. For four decades they wander in and out of each other’s lives, their relationship weathering fierce devotion and bitter betrayal. Its image-driven prose manifests the vagaries of memory and the struggle for self-reinvention.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781933480374
Item BU0015
PublisherBunim & Bannigan
PublisherBunim & Bannigan
Published on June 22 2015
Language eng
Pages 280
Format Hardcover
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight541(g)

Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal, lived in Toronto for 17 years and has been writing full time in the bucolic splendour of western Prince Edward Island since 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.S., as well as in Ireland, France and Algeria.

His story collection, Fatted Calf Blues, won a 2010 PEI Book Award, was short-listed for a 2010 Re-Lit Award and was a Top 5 Finalist for the 2011 CBC Cross-Country Bookshelf (Maritime division). It was praised in the Globe & Mail as showing “a strong imagination at work.”

He has collaborated on short radio plays for CBC and on a stage play, Bully, which was produced at the Theatre Centre in Toronto in 2001. He received a nomination for a Dora Mavor Moore Award as lyricist for the musical, SwingStep, which was staged at the Ford Centre in North York in 1999.

As a librettist he has written a rock musical, Dorian, with composer Ted Dykstra and a short chamber opera, Milk Bar, with composer Jim O’Leary, which was performed as a student production at Mount Allison University in 2014. He is currently working on a full-length opera, Sikutopia, with Greenlandic composer, Arnannguaq Gerstrøm.

He is also completing a poetry collection, Red Planet Postcards, to be published in 2016. Our Lady Of Steerage is his first novel. His web site is www.stevenmayoff.ca