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Gordon Kirkland is a three-time recipient of the Stephen Leacock Award of Merit as a finalist for the Leacock Medal for his collections of humorous essays. He has garnered a very large and loyal fan base inthe United States and Canada, as well as elsewhere around the world. Gordon Kirkland has been a workshop leader and keynote speaker at dozens of writer’s conferences, festivals, and university programs over the past fifteen years. This includes three sessions of the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, six years on the faculty of the Southern California Writer’s Conference, as well as many more. He has lectured at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC), Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana), The University of Georgia (Athens, GA), and Florida First Coast Community College (Jacksonville, FL.) In 2009, Kirkland was one of the stars of The 3-Day Novel, a television series on Canada’s BookTelevision, in which 12 Canadian writers were locked in a large bookstore with the task of writing a full novel in just 72 hours. This was carried out under the watchful eye of television cameras, store customers, and with numerous interruptions aimed at breaking the writers’ trains of thought. Gordon lives in Pitt Meadows, BC with, Diane, and their adopted Labrador Retriever, Tara. They have two grown sons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461088429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461088424
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,064,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Kirkland is a three-time winner of Canada's Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour. His first book, Justice Is Blind - And Her Dog Just Peed In My Cornflakes (Harbour) took the award in 2000, and his second book, Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse (Thistledown) won it in 2005. His third book, When My Mind Wanders It Brings Back Souvenirs (AuthorHouse) won the 2006 Award. His other books of humorous essays include I Think I'm Having One Of Those Decades (2006), I May Be Big But I Didn't Cause That Solar Eclipse (2007) and Holly Jolly Frivolity (2009).

His latest book, The Plight Before Christmas is the story of a family facing numerous comedic calamities and disasters as an early 1960's holiday season rapidly approaches. This is what can happen when Murphy's Law takes over the holidays and sends them careening off in several comical directions.

His first novel, Crossbow is a darkly comedic mystery. Think Fargo without the wood chipper.

He has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States with his books, and for speaking engagements at writer's conferences, festivals and other events.

Kirkland wrote the syndicated humor column Gordon Kirkland At Large for newspapers in Canada and the USA from 1994 to 2007. He is also a frequent guest on radio and television in both countries.

He says he grew up in a family filled with laughter, with his late mother being the one who would most frequently "stir the pot." He often recalls that "she had a point system for us. We got 10 points if we could make a sibling pass a liquid through their sinuses at the dinner table."

Kirkland suffered a spinal cord injury in 1990, and "walks" with the aid of forearm crutches. He makes it part of his mission to prove that people with disabilities can still have a sense of humor.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Carline on January 9, 2011
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Normally, I read holiday books around the holidays, but Gordon's light-hearted look at his Christmases past are good reading any time of year. Not only are his stories funny, I could completely relate to his predicaments, whether it's attempting to get the tree in the stand or learning just how much his kids listen to him when they shouldn't be. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rut B. Nogueira on September 6, 2011
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OK, let me start by saying I had no clue who Gordon Kirkland was. Poor european me, never heard of him, never read his columns before. BUT I'm a huge fan of Erma Bombeck. When looking for columnists with wit and humor similar to Erma's, I read about Mr Kirkland. I checked his books and decided to buy When my mind wanders it brings back souvenirs, without even trying a sample first! (me, brave!) I couldn't put it down, I kept on repeating to myself: OK, just one more column, just one more... until I finished the whole thing without noticing.
Charming, witty, the kind of intelligent humor that makes you laugh aloud. No bad words or unappropiate content needed to make us laugh, ladies and gentlemen, just a pure optimistic, humoristic view of everydays life. Love the stories about his dogs and his family and every single anecdote is purely hilarious.
After "When my mind..." I bought everything I could find in kindle, I Think I'm Having One Of Those Decades, I May Be Big But I didn't Cause That Solar Eclipse and Holly Jolly Frivolity and adored every column in them. I just got myself Justice Is Blind - And Her Dog Just Peed In My Cornflakes and Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse in paperback (why no kindle edition!!!) and I'm ready for laughing marathon this weekend.
It may seem I've been bought by the writer to say only nice things but I haven't, as a proof let me say I didn't appreciate his novel Crossbow, where I couldn't find the Gordon Kirkland I've learned to love.
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Have yet to read a book by Gordon that I didn't love. So full of truth and great humor. He's so good at telling it like it is but in a wonderfully funny way.
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By middle aged nerd on January 30, 2014
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Nice amusing stuff to read at bedtime to help wind down from the day. I've enjoyed all the Gordon Kirkland Kindle books.
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By Merry Quy on December 12, 2013
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Although Gordon Kirkland has a good sense of humor, all his books are much alike. In fact, he uses the same material in other books he has written. One of his books is fine; more are a waste of time and money.
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By tim lombardi on May 23, 2013
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far too long - its all very short stories, though well written, become tiring to read. one subject about the authors experience at Christmas
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By macie on May 13, 2013
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It wasn't what i thought it was. Not funny enough. Not a fan of Gordon Kirklands writings.. He could have done a better job with comedy.
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By cfl on April 15, 2013
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As always, Gordon, kept me laughing. I truly enjoy his books. I think I have all of them on my kindle now.
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