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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


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Join Kevin Tuerff

September 12-16, 2020 on the first 

Pay it Forward Tour of Newfoundland as he revisits the people and places he first encountered 19 years ago. Forty people will experience the natural beauty of Newfoundland and meet more "real characters" portrayed in

Come From Away. You'll have a chance to thank the locals for what they did on 9/11 with random acts of kindness.

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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
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
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

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"
March 2017

“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."



Ripple effects of compassion
Channel of Peace BOOK TOUR
Meet the Author

Book Talks & Signings

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

TEDx Talk

TEDx Lakehead U

1-5pm November 15, 2019

Lakehead University

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida


3:30pm Friday, February 7, 2020

Arts Park

Austin, Texas

Come From Away-Tour

Post-Performance Talk-back 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bass Concert Hall

Public Relations Society of America

Austin chapter luncheon keynote

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

New York City

Book Talk and Signing

Out at St. Paul LGBTQ ministry

St. Paul the Apostle Church

6:30 pm Sunday, March 29

Parish Hall

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