life rattle show no. 1208

Presented on Sunday, June 10, 2012


Hosted by laurie kallis


Anna Konareva reading her stories
"Strawberry Champagne"
"Trains, Rust and Mould"
"White Bread with Ketchup"

tonight's Show

Tonight, on Life Rattle Number 1208, you are in for a literary treat as we bring you a three new stories, written and read by Anna Konareva.

Anna Konareva was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1989. Konareva attended a visual arts school in Moscow, but spent most of her childhood many hours away from the big city—reading, biking, swimming and fishing in her Grandma’s village. Konareva’s Grandma was and is very passionate about literature and she became the biggest influence on Konareva’s love for writing. Konareva’s parents, both successful artists and designers, wanted her to pursue a career in visual arts. But, after immigrating to Canada in 2002, Konareva put away her graphic pencils and paintbrushes, and pursued studies in writing.

Anna Konareva now lives in Mississauga, Ontario and continues to express her creativity in this craft.

The stories you will hear tonight and next Sunday come from the “Russian Stories” chapter of Konareva’s recently published collection Barbie Dolls and Boas. Last week, the stories in this book, specifically, “Trains, Rust and Mould,” which you will hear tonight, garnered a Mississauga Art Council’s 2012 Marty Emerging Literary Arts Award.

Though tonight’s three stories are written through the eyes of a young girl, Konareva’s incisive prose uses the child’s sharp, candid observations of a family celebration in Moscow on New Year's Eve 1999, a school holiday spent in rural Russia with a beloved Babyshka, and the move to Canada, to Mississauga suburbia, to reveal the complex stituations that surround her and the marked cultural shift.