"Jon Steinhagen's THE BIG BOOK OF SOUNDS captures the rhythm of everyday life at its most sinister, deftly leading us into a world that is simultaneously familiar and unsettling. In twenty-two flawless tales, most escapades in form as well as substance, Steinhagen creates a haunting world that is vivid and true and categorically unique. Imagine the spare, sharp prose of Sherwood Anderson layered with Shirley Jackson's eerie genius... and you have maybe an inkling of the adventure in store for you. THE BIG BOOK OF SOUNDS is a work of towering imagination, a collection of carefully burnished gems not to be missed." — Jacob M. Appel
Jon Steinhagen is a Chicago-based author, playwright, actor, and musician. A collection of his stories, The Big Book of Sounds, was published in 2016 (Black Lawrence Press), which includes the story The Wind Catalog. Among his nationally and internationally produced plays and musicals are Blizzard 67, Successors, The Teapot Scandals, The Next Thing, the ACES trilogy, and Devil's Day Off. An alumni Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and current member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Jon has received many Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations for his work in Chicago theatre as either writer, actor, songwriter, or musical director. He received the Julie Harris Playwriting Award in 2009 for his comedy The Analytical Engine, and recently wrote the screenplays of From Within and The Buzzer System.