The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2000: Stories


The ten stories read at the 2000 Totally Unknown Writers Festival, including: Vaia Barkas’ South of Assiniboia, about getting lost and loving it in the Alberta Badlands;

Victoria Martinez’ "The Mumps," a powerful account of a young woman’s struggle for independence against an oppressive father;

Beth Jone’s "Under the Van," about two women who chain themselves under a van at a railway crossing to block a shipment of chlorine;

Karen Graham’s "The Spelling Test," about second graders terrorized by the teacher in a one-room northern Alberta schoolhouse;

Rosa Veltri’s "Feta Cheese," a heartbreaking story of immigrant workers at a family-owned fruit market;

Sultan Ameerali’s "Night Shift at BK Variety," a dark, hilarious tale of boredom, bullets and the Jumble Puzzle at an all night convenience store.


Sultan Ameerali

"The Night Shift at BK Variety"


Vaia Barkas

"South of Assiniboia"


Tracey Gonneau



Karen Graham

"The Spelling Test"


Beth Jones

"Under the Van"


Bayan Khatib

"The Elevator"


Paul Maka

"Sunday Afternoon"


Victoria Martinez

"The Mumps"


Christie Perron



Rosa Veltri

"Feta Cheese"


National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Toronto: Life Rattle Press, 2000
Series: Life rattle new writers series 1200 5266 10
Numbers: Canadiana: 009331662 ISBN: 0968829104
Classification: LC Call no.:PS8321 T684 2000 Dewey: C813/.010806 21
Subjects: Short stories, Canadian (English) Canadian Fiction (English)-20th century