|The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2005: A Celebration of Arnie|
On Monday, October 24, 2005, The Thirteenth Annual Totally Unknown Writers Festival celebrated Arnie Achtman, who we lost in March 2005.
This special celebrations was held at The Mod Club, instead of our usual venue, The Rivoli, which holds only 200–uncomfortably. The Mod Club, situated six blocks west of Bathurst on College Street, brought us together near Arnie's home, and the home of Life Rattle.
Arnie's presence at Life Rattle is very much missed.
The festival featured selections of stories written for Arnie, a recording Arnie reading Graduate School, and a slide show. The stories read at the festival, plus several more, written for Arnie, and by Arnie are published in:
Arnie Achtman recording of Graduate School
Karen Graham reading I Never Knew the Man
Wendy Thatcher reading A Member of the Cast
Denny Hunte reading The Phone Call
Aline Burke reading Early Magic
Marie Margis reading Homemade Soup
Victoria Martinez reading Yes, Arnie, Sir
Kwai Li reading Recording
Jillian McKelvey reading Don’t Squeak
Eloi Minka reading an excerpt of My Father’s Son
Robert Price reading Arnie’s Closet
Adam Giles reading Mini Heartbreak Festival
Huamei Han reading One Dollar Host
Sultan Ameerali reading You Got a Hairy Back
Donna McFarlane reading Losing Arnie
Virginia Ashberry reading No Ribbons