The Island Gospel According to Samson Grief

By Steven Mayoff

Bookmark in Charlottetown will launch Steven Mayoff’s fifth book and second novel, The Island Gospel According to Samson Grief, at 7 pm on October 18 at the Gallery Coffee House & Bistro in Charlottetown.

Satirical magic-realism abounds in this modern myth narrated by Samson Grief, a reclusive painter living in Mount Russet, PEI. While struggling with a creative block, he is confronted by three redheaded strangers who identify themselves as Judas, Shylock and Fagin, figments of Samson’s imagination and messengers sent by a genderless deity named the Supreme One. Having decreed the Middle East to be a hopeless mess, the Supreme One wants PEI to be the new Promised Land and tasks Samson with building the Island’s first synagogue to get the cosmic wheels rolling. Scared, confused and seriously doubting his sanity, Samson eventually, though grudgingly, accepts the challenge and comes up against political intrigue as well as other obstacles along the way.

Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada, the US and abroad. He is the author of the story collection Fatted Calf Blues, winner of the 2010 PEI Book Award for Fiction; the novel Our Lady of Steerage; and two books of poetry Leonard’s Flat and Swinging Between Water and Stone. He lives in Foxley River, PEI.