life rattle Radio show no. 1158

Aired on CKLN FM 88.1 june 26, 2011


Hosted by Yanique bird


Rosa Veltri reading her stories:
"Guiseppina Florentina" Conclusion
"Half a Case of Oranges"


tonight's writer and stories

Rosa Veltri was born in Toronto in 1976, the youngest of three and the only daughter. Veltri’s parents, both born in Italy, married before coming to Canada in 1971. Her father worked at a Ford plant, and her mother worked at a steel factory. Veltri grew up in Mississauga. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1999 and currently teaches with the Toronto district school board. Veltri is married and has a two year old daughter who loves to play with "Giusepina Florentina."

Tonight we will play the conclusion of “Guiseppina Florentina,” a story that takes us into the mind of Lucia, a young girl, who struggles to fit into middle-class, suburban Mississauga while she tries to come to grips with the patriarchal norms and old world values of her family life.

If you missed last week's radio show, click here to hear Part One of "Guiseppina Florentina."

Rosa Veltri has written a series of stories about a family-owned suburban fruit market. The narrator, fourteen- year-old Rosa works after-school and on weekends at Tipper’s Fruit Market.

Veltri writes in a direct, unadorned prose style without comment or melodrama. She lets the characters’ own actions and words reveal themselves and the undercurrents in this enclosed, intense little world. The effect of these stories builds as we learn more from story to story.