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Channel of Peace

Stranded in Gander on 9/11

Official Website of Author Kevin Tuerff

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front cover of book wit image of large airplane landing and a mult-cultural group standing arm-in-in arm facing away to the plane

Channel of Peace:

Stranded in Gander on 9/11 

One of the True Stories that Inspired the

Smash-Hit Musical

COME FROM AWAY and documentary


E-Books and Paperbacks available: (UK) (Canada) 

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House of Anansi Press (audiobook read by author)

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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
Screen grab from CBC News with author Kevin Tuerff and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Video: Presenting book to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after Come From Away
Author Kevin Tuerff's TEDx Talk: "Compassion is the New Life Hack"

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 #PayitForward911

Channel of peace: related media
Channel of Peace author Kevin Tuerff at Gander International Airport, October 2016
Gander International Airport, 2016 Photo by Chris So, Toronto Star 
Personal video footage of Gander Sept. 2001 (6:30) Copyright Kevin Tuerff, 2001.
Toronto Star with Kevin Tuerff, by Murray Whyte, Nov. 2016
NPR-All Things Considered - Come From Away 9/8/16
00:00 / 00:00
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."
Photo from Toronto Star with author holding book
Toronto Sunday Star: His story was told in 'Come From  Away' and now he wants to pay it forward (Aug 2017)
Photo of Austin newspaper with story titled "Character Development"
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
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