COME FROM AWAY IS BROADWAY's MUSICAL ABOUT COMPASSION
New Compassion Ambassador Kevin Tuerff wrote the only first-person memoir of an American refugee on 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
House of Anansi Press Publishes “Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11” by Kevin Tuerff (portrayed on Broadway stage by Chad Kimball as Kevin T)
Being an American refugee on September 11th, 2001 in Gander, Newfoundland opened author Kevin Tuerff’s eyes to the current global migrant and refugee crisis. His story is one of the true stories that inspired the award-winning Broadway musical, COME FROM AWAY.
Toronto-based House of Anansi Press released “Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander,” to readers Feb. 6, 2018 via Amazon, Indigo and through independent booksellers.
THE TRUE 9/11 STORY OF COMPASSION
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 "Pay it Forward" day at Kevin’s company that has since spread.
Today, Tuerff is an ambassador for Charter for Compassion International, and spends time in New York City volunteering and advocating for immigrants and refugees. Also, proceeds of the book are being donated to help refugee organizations like Gander Refugee Outreach.