I keep reading and reading, laughing, crying and nodding in agreement.
So far I have read most of the stories and I'm impressed. These
private stories have depth of reflection, turns of phrase and
emotional honesty that either made me think, get teary or laugh out
loud. Prose to Go is great as a collection because you don't have to
read it in order, you can sample a la carte. Great work!
On Chapters/Indigo: 5 stars from Karen MacDonald
entertaining, funny but also sometimes touching...
Everything from the simplistic beauty of the day-to-day miracle
to the tragedies that follow one through life is covered in these
pages. Courage rears its head through laughter without denying
the need for tears on occasion...I enjoyed the roller coaster of feelings.
What happens when a group of writers chat back and forth
online? A lot of storytelling and sharing of memories, plus
advice-giving, virtual hand-holding and encouragement. For one group
of writers, the online discussions led to a wonderful collection of
stories, Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List...You'll find
yourself sometimes laughing out loud, sometimes weeping, and often
simply nodding your head in agreement.
This is the perfect book to entertain you in the short, vacant
spaces in your life such as when you are waiting for an oil change or
a Doctor's appointment. Mind you, I read it sitting comfortably in my
own living room when I was waiting for supper to cook or the cat to
finish her sleep on my lap. I was pleased to be reading excellent
prose, knowing I was reading Canadian literature as I joined the
authors in the foibles and charms of daily life.
Carole Giangrande has read two selections from Prose
to Go on her Words to Go podcast.
Article about Primary Editor Irene Davis
Article about contributor Helen Lammers-Helps
I kept laughing out loud in the lively first sections, telling
my husband that he would enjoy it.
well put-together...an entertaining read
Prose to go... is delightful. Julie Watson conveys the thrill,
joy and surprise I experience during each Aquafit class. Moving
quickly through the water without fear of aches and pains still
surprises and delights me even after 6 years!
Comments from Readers & Reviewers
Joanne Carnegie, one of the 18 contributors to Prose To Go: Tales From a Private List, is co-winner of the Barbara Novak Writing Award for Excellence in Humour/Personal Essay Writing for 2012. The award is given annually by the Professional Writers Association of Canada at its annual meeting in June.
Joanne was one of two of our contributors who won First Prize in different categories in the Summit Story Contest. Joanne Carnegie won in the children's category for Just Desserts, which appears in Prose to Go. Steve Pitt won in the Funny Stories About Animals category. Books containing the winners are being published by Summit Studios.
very easy read. A
variety of short and different stories,
each one entertaining in its own way.
This is a great little book, obviously very
thoughtfully put together and a very nice run through the emotional
spectrum. It kept me occupied and well entertained on the train to Toronto.
Listen in as writers share confidences with other writers. You'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll love it and wish for more. Kathleen Hamilton, Montreal, Quebec
I love the idea of this bookessays from a
group of authors who embody the spirit of diversity. The stories are
as different as the people who wrote them. What they share is talent,
love of writing, and Canada. Everything about Prose to Go: Tales From
a Private List speaks of professionalism. The more I read, the more I
wanted belong to Bobbi Graham's select group of friends. Maybe next
time she puts together a project like this, she will reach across the
border and include me. I would be honored.
...the kind of book you take to appointments, on trips or on
vacation... small doses of real life...little spaces in one's life
I enjoyed Elle Andra-Warners memoir of her daughters
birth, as seen through the newborns eyes. A reminiscence of
the young Peter Falk by Barbara Florio-Graham is equally charming.
Review in the Salon section of the Telegraph-Journal,
Hampton writer Trudy Kelly Forsythe is one of Barbara
Florio-Grahams Private List members. Formed in August 2007,
this nationally-spread writing group is comprised of people addicted
to writing. Prose to Go collects some of their stories and divides
them into five themes. Forsythes Rolling Stones: ABang ForAll
Generations is included in the WhatintheWorld section.
Some of the stories are better than others, but the collection offers
a nice glimpse of the range of short-form writing thats out
there and is worth a read for budding writers.
I really enjoyed reading these from the heart stories.
From a review of holiday books by E.E. Cran,
The other two books reviewed here are not specifically about the New
or Old Year but contain a miscellany of persons, stories, and events
which seem suitable for the time of year. First there is
"Prose to Go", a collection of short essays by
twenty-three professional writers who have known each other for many
years, whence "Private List" in the subtitle. Most
are funny, a few are very sad, even tragic, ("Funny Men
Blues" by Fred Desjardins, "About Joanna" by Lorri
Benedik). A few are neither, but still worth reading
("Today I Let Go of the Wall" by Julie V. Watson, and
"Places of the Heart" by Irene Davis).
When you love to read, but your busy life doesn't allow enough time to do so, there's nothing better than the quick hit of a short story. Prose To Go: Tales from a Private List is the perfect fit for those looking for an eclectic range of first-person stories. ( Lori Gallagher in The Daily Gleaner, New Brunswick)
Managing Editor: Barbara Florio-Graham