I've read my creative non-fiction at the Totally Unknown Writers Festival in Toronto, on CBC Radio One, and on the Life Rattle Radio Program, a show I later produced and co-hosted. Life Rattle Press anthologized my stories "Opa" and "Christine" in Make it New: Creative Nonfiction by New Writers for New Writers, required reading for U of T Mississauga's introductory expressive writing course. Here are a few of my published stories:
Mini Heartbreak Festival
Publication: The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2005: A Celebration of Arnie, Life Rattle Press | 2005
Snippet: After the story, Arnie spoke: “We’ll be back next week with another story, another heartbreak story, by Adam Giles. We’ve got our selves a mini-heartbreak festival here at Life Rattle.” His tone changed.
“I wonder if Adam’s ever going to learn. I recorded Adam Giles reading his story. My name is Arnie Achtman. Stay tuned now for Aggressive Rock, coming up next on 88.1FM CKLN.”
Publication: Will You Still Love Me If I Shave My Head?, Life Rattle Press | 2003
Snippet: Oma and Opa came over at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter for big meals at our living room table—the only times we ever used the living room. Opa stabbed his fork into the turkey and said, “I don’t think he’s dead yet.”
Publication: The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2001: Stories, Life Rattle Press | 2001 (reprinted in Showing the Story: Creative Nonfiction by New Writers, Life Rattle Press | 2014)
ISBN: 09688291-9-8 and 978-1-927023-63-1
Snippet: I turn my car onto Christine’s street and roll toward her house. I see her white car in the driveway. I park on the road. I pick up the card and the flowers from the back seat. I hold them and stare at my steering wheel. I place the flowers gently on the passenger seat. I open my door and step out of my car. I walk slowly to her door. I stand there. I take a deep breath. I ring the bell. I wait. Her brother answers the door—he looks surprised to see me.