eBook available now, print version November, 2020

A compelling and uniquely Canadian story - with a poigant twist!


While this is the first book in the series to be released, Lester B. Pearson is actually the 14th book in a series issued by Five Rivers Publishing covering all Prime Ministers of Canada. Lester B. Pearson was Canada's 14th Prime Minister and, many agree, was one of Canada's best. In spite of two successive minority governments, Pearson and his Liberals brought in universal health care, The Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security, Official Bilinguallism, Canada's National Anthem and Canada's distinctive Maple Leaf flag - an achievement he considered his greatest legacy. This is my second book on Pearson, this one written for the Young Adult market.

The book is currently available in print and ebook from Amazon.

"So, it's not just ME, then?" You may find yourself thinking just that after reading this collection of true-life events, the kind of which can befall any number of us on any given day. This is a compilation of Gord's personal essays previously published in the Peterborough Examiner, MacLean's, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and Reader's Digest. Dozens of great stories that you'll find funny and heartfelt at the same time. And they're short! A great book for the night-table, or...well, the bathroom...

Now available online and in print from Amazon or through the author directly


Lester B. Pearson: The Geek Who Made Canada Proud - by Gordon Gibb

Originally published 2006

This book is being updated for release in early 2015!


"I loved the conversational tone and illustrations of this book. I immediately got sucked into it and I learned quite a bit about the man behind the office and surprise, surprise it was not the dusty, boring fare normally reserved for these types of biographies. The reader learned about some of his colourful and varied history and even how he was with his family. This book was FUN and learning more about Pearson made me feel more national pride. He was a decent, diplomatic and well-liked man who still made it to the highest office in Canada with a hesitant oration style and high squeaky voice (see image isn’t everything as long as you are authentic people!)"

"The Canadian Prime Ministers Warts & All series are a great collection of insights into our country's past Prime Ministers. I enjoyed these books for the sheer learning value. The series contains information that would not likely be found in your average classroom book. They give the hilarious truth and other tidbits about the people who helped shape our country. They are great reference books for any classroom project. I also enjoyed just reading them for leisure. Every school library should have these."

Now in book stores

A number of established writers have put together this anthology of essays on various themes. Chock full of short stories that will make for an excellent summer read at the campsite or cottage.

Three of my previously-published essays are included in the book. Published by Bridgeross, Prose to Go retails for $17.95 or less across Canada and the US.

Praise for Prose to Go

Editors: Davis, Irene; Desjardins, Fred; and Florio-Graham, Barbara Publisher: Bridgeross Communications ISBN: 978-0-9866522-1-9


"Florio-Graham’s spirited introduction to Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List introduces the reader to a literary-minded coterie of friends that are bound together by their addiction to writing. Coming from all walks of life, including broadcasting, technology and education, they have contributed to this collection of short non-fiction pieces with accounts and revelations gleaned from their past. Their intimate portrayals of both the ups and downs of everyday existence are heartwarming in their sincerity and stimulating in their humorous portrayal of family and friends.

"Grounded in almost three decades of active involvement in the Professional Writers' Association of Canada, Florio-Graham, together with her fellow editors, Irene Davis and Fred Desjardins, have sifted through mounds of writing by 23 talented professionals, many of whom have had extensive experience of writing and publication, in order to come up with this memorable and fascinating collective biography that describes their daily travails and mixed fortunes in miniature.

"Under “Misadventures,” among others, you’ll travel with alpacas, remove a toilet seat from around a toddler’s neck, grapple with a pest invasion, and rekindle the warmth of past attachments. In “Rear-view Mirror” you’ll look back on a Jewish childhood in Kensington, Toronto, spend time in Fort Smith, see Christmas from inside a Santa suit, be birthed with spina bifida, and lots, lots more. “What In the World” will enable you to share in celebrating the Rolling Stones, collecting geological marvels, baking pies for fall fairs, and becoming aquafit, among other activities of equally soul-stirring nature. “Love and Loss” will leave you surmounting writer’s block, mourning for a loved one that has passed away, and admiring the mementos bedecking a Christmas tree. “Exit Laughing” will add mirth to your life, regaling you with the funnier side of chlorination detail, crickets, and compliments, as well as sundry other topics.

"Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List ends with a short biography, including the website addresses, of each of the contributing authors, so that you can contact them or read more of their work if you would like to do so.

"Relatively short as the pieces may be, with nearly all being about three or four pages in length, they nevertheless share a wealth of experience with you. Start with dipping into one or two stories at a sitting and you are likely to find that you read for longer than you had originally intended. Ideal reading for relaxation and entertainment, these stories could also easily be read in bed at the end of a long day, or while you are feeling indisposed due to ill health or bad weather. There’s no need to stay marooned indoors—curl up by the fire in the company of this wide range of friends and you definitely won’t feel alone!"

Lois C. Henderson's review appeared Spring, 2011 in the NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

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