Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:00pm
The Drama Book Shop, currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year, is pleased to welcome author Kevin Tuerff for a reading and signing to celebrate the release of his new book, Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11. The Thursday, June 29th, 6:00pm is free and open to the public. Priority admission is granted to those who purchase a copy of Mr. Tuerff's book. Tuerff was honored when his story was included in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical, Come From Away. Tony-nominated American actor Chad Kimball portrays the author's story on stage as "Kevin T."
Being a displaced person on September 11th, 2001 opened author Kevin Tuerff’s eyes to the current global refugee crisis. He writes about his awakening in Chapter 8: “What now? Kindness and Refugees” in the new book, “Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11.” 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, ignited a spirit of kindness that renewed his spirituality and has inspired a new tradition of an annual Pay It Forward 9/11 day at Kevin’s company that has since spread. Today, Tuerff is volunteering and advocating for global refugees with local and international humanitarian groups. Also, 25 percent of net sales of the book are being donated to help Syrian refugees through Gander Refugee Outreach.
Kevin Tuerff is a social entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in marketing communications. He has founded a college radio station, a national recycling awareness day, an international kindness initiative, and a certified B Corporation environmental marketing company. He is passionate about finding solutions for climate change and refugees. Kevin’s hometown is Austin, Texas. You can follow him on Twitter @channelof_peace or on Instagram @Channel_of_peace_book.
The Drama Book Shop, a 2011 Tony Award Honoree for Excellence in Theatre, is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. To learn more about upcoming events, or browse our online bookstore, please visit www.dramabookshop.com.
Advance praise for the book:
“Kevin Tuerff’s first-hand account takes us inside a 9/11 story that is largely unknown and which helps restore our faith that human beings need not always be divided by our differences.”—Wade Goodwyn, NPR
"Kevin Tuerff tells the delightful and heartwarming story which takes us from one of the darkest days seen by America and the world, to a bright, safe, love-filled place that truly exists right here on earth. It's a story filled with hope for a better tomorrow." ––Jeanette Gutierrez, 9/11 Survivor
“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 grow into a beautiful, flowering tree.”—Mayor Claude Elliott, Town of Gander, Newfoundland