threads: stories about community

collected and edited by laurel waterman and the Community collective


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Creative non-fiction short stories by new writers for new writers that explore the individual community.

From children's secret games in Antigua to canoeing with Voyageurs, from a frat house in Ontario to Sacred Circle Dance, from Afghani and Ukranian Canadians in Toronto to a busload of Sri Lankan Canadians in Egypt, the writers grant readers quasi-membership into their communities.

Written and edited by members of the Professional Writing and Communications community at University of Toronto, Mississauga.


Yanique Bird

"Marble Arena"


Tamara Chandon

"Who's Tah-mah-rah"


Beth Dennis

"Frat House"


Marianne Kalich

"Sacred But Not Serious"


Andrea Perera

"Princess Nalini"


Claire Saunders

"Speed Your Journey"
"Barging onto the French River"


Freshta Wardak

"Baba's Job Interview"


National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data

Publisher: Toronto: Life Rattle Press, 2010
ISBN 978-1-897161-87-6
Short stories, Canadian (English).
I. Waterman, Laurel Eden, 1981-
II. Community Collective
III. Series: Life Rattle new writers series 1200 5266 33

PS8323.C64T57 2010 C813’.0108355 C2010-905449-0