Andreas Steinhöfel grew up with two brothers in the Middle Hesse small town of Biedenkopf, and did there his A levels. At first he began to study Biology and English, but then decided to study media at the University of Marburg. After his graduation in 1991 he published his first book, Dirk und ich.
One of his most famous books is Paul Vier und die Schröders (1992), which is now one of the standard reading in German schools. The movie adaptation of the book won the 1995 Deutschen Kinderfilmpreis. The novel Die Mitte der Welt is especially popular among teenagers, and was also nominated for the 1999 Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreis, as well as the sequel Defender – Geschichten aus der Mitte der Welt. Die Mitte der Welt was translated into English (The Center of the World) by Alisa Jaffa. (P: Nicor, Gianni Vitiello)
Steinhöfel lives and works in Hesse. His long-time companion was Gianni Vitiello, until this latter death in 2009.
Gianni Vitiello (1973 in Koblenz - December 11, 2009 in Berlin) was a German DJ of the Berlin techno underground culture.
Vitiello grew up in Minden and in 1996 moved from the Cologne area to Berlin. Here he worked for alternative underground parties and played for collectives like Pyonen, Neurocomic and Bachstelzen. He became a much booked DJ and played in the Tresor, Sage Club, SO 36, Deli, Casino, Polar TV and Bar 25. In November 2000, the magazine TenDance elected him DJ of the month. He had larger performances at the Arena Berlin, the Nation of Gondwana, the Fusion Festival and during the Carnival of Cultures parade on the truck of Pyonen.
On 11 December 2009 he died as a result of circulatory failure after a show in a Kreuzberg club, Ritter Butzke.
The Center of the World by Andreas Steinhofel
Publisher: Laurel Leaf (December 10, 2008)
Amazon Kindle: The Center of the World
Seventeen-year-old Phil has felt like an outsider as long as he can remember. All Phil has ever known about his father is that he was Number Three on his mother’s long list—third in a series of affairs that have set Phil’s family even further apart from the critical townspeople across the river. As for his own sexuality, Phil doesn’t care what the neighbors will think; he’s just waiting for the right guy to come along.
But Phil can’t remain a bystander forever. Not when he’s surrounded by his mother, Glass, who lives by her own rules and urges Phil to be equally strong; his sister, Dianne, who is abrupt and willful, with secrets to share; his uncle Gable, a restless mariner, defined by his scars; his best friend, Kat, who is generous but possessive. And finally, there is distant Nicholas, with whom Phil falls overwhelmingly in love—until he faces the ultimate betrayal and must finally find his worth . . . and place in the world.
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