Channel of Peace:
Stranded in Gander on 9/11
One of the True Stories that Inspired the
COME FROM AWAY and documentary
YOU ARE HERE.
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"Kevin Tuerff's first-hand account takes us inside a 9/11 story that's largely unknown and which helps restore our faith that human beings need not always be divided by our differences." –Wade Goodwyn, NPR
Video: Presenting book to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after Come From Away
USA TODAY September 11, 2017
When Kevin Tuerff and his partner began their flight from France to New York City on September 11th in 2001, they had no idea that the world—and their lives—was about to change forever.
As US airspace closed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, Kevin, who was experiencing doubts about organized religion, found himself in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada with thousands of other refugees or “come from aways” that were stranded on 38 airplanes.
Yet, when all seemed dark, the people of Gander rallied and the “plane people” experienced boundless acts of kindness and generosity over the next several days.
In Channel of Peace, Kevin tells the story of how Gander’s compassion, then and now, has ignited a spirit of kindness that renewed Kevin’s spirituality and has inspired a new tradition of an annual “giving back” day at Kevin’s company that has since spread.
Tuerff was also honored when his story was included in the Broadway musical, Come From Away.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to nonprofit organizations helping refugees. #NeverForget
Channel of peace: related media
Gander International Airport, 2016 Photo by Chris So, Toronto Star
American Tony-nominated actor Chad Kimball (l) plays the character Kevin T, inspired by the true experience of Kevin Tuerff (r), in the Broadway musical Come From Away
Toronto Star with Kevin Tuerff, by Murray Whyte, Nov. 2016
Tuerff: "They (Ganderites) don't think that they did anything special. But I really wondered, would we - in America, would we do what they did? And I wasn't sure."
Kevin Tuerff feature article by Colby Itzkowitz, Sept 2016
In 2017, Kevin and Kevin both returned to their 2001 Gander for a documentary interview. Watch the trailer from the award-winning HBO Canada documentary YOU ARE HERE-A Come From Away Story."
Toronto Sunday Star: His story was told in 'Come From Away' and now he wants to pay it forward (Aug 2017)
Austin American Statesman: This Austin man is a character in hit Broadway musical ‘Come From Away’
CBC-TV 2018 Documentary: "Gander's Ripple Effect: How a Small Town's Kindness Opened on Broadway
Channel of peace: RELATED VIDEOS
Personal video footage of Gander Sept. 2001 (6:30) Copyright Kevin Tuerff, 2001.
ABC News "Angels of Hope"
Dec. 2001 (8:11)
10th anniversary of 9/11 Gander reunion and challenge: 10,000 good deeds Sept. 2011 (8:45)
Rogers TV Skyways: Author book reading at College of North Atlantic-Gander campus (March 2017)
CBC-TV Good Morning Canada "Pay it forward 9/11' Sept. 2006 (4:27)
Author Kevin Tuerff on Refugees: Rogers TV-Gander "Skyways"
“The message of this book is very important because our world is divided, with an increase in hatred and intolerance. Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11 is a beautiful story how a seed of love can be planted within someone, and years later it grows into a beautiful, flowering tree."
CLAUDE ELLIOTT, MAYOR
TOWN OF GANDER, NEWFOUNDLAND
Ripple effects of compassion
Channel of Peace BOOK TOUR
Meet the Author
Book Talks & Signings
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
1-5pm November 15, 2019
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida
3:30pm Friday, February 7, 2020
Come From Away-Tour
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Bass Concert Hall
Public Relations Society of America
11:30 am Thursday, February 20, 2020
South Congress Hotel
San Diego, California
Keynote speech: International conference
National Association of Realtors/
Canadian Real Estate Association
Monday, March 16, 2020