Gordon Kirkland is a best-selling Canadian author. Your response to this statement was probably … Who?
Fortunately Kirkland has a great sense of humour. He recalls a time when Reader's Digest ran a profile on him. "The picture was of me sitting in a coffeehouse with my dog. "Several people, even those in my own neighbourhood, asked me if that was my dog in Reader's Digest! I came to the conclusion they read Reader’s Digest for the pictures and Playboy for the articles,” he laughed.
Kirkland’s latest book, My Slice Of Life Is Full Of Gristle is his ninth book. It is his seventh of a collection of short humorous essays about the humor he finds in everyday life. Three of those books were finalists for the Leacock Medal, receiving the Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour in 2000, 2005 and 2006. His other two books, Crossbow and The Plight Before Christmas are novels.
In My Slice Of Life Is Full Of Gristle, Kirkland returns to the style of writing that made him a favorite among readers of his syndicated newspaper column, which ran in a great many newspapers from 1994-2007. His stories range from discovering a company that manufactures prosthetic testicles for neutered dogs to the experience of swimming in the Caribbean with a 9-foot shark.
People don’t soon forget Gordon’s titles. Aside from My Slice Of Life Is Full Of Gristle and his novels, his books include:
“It’s a trick I learned from the late Lewis Grizzard, a long-time columnist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. My favorite among his titles was When My Love Returns From The Ladies Room Will I Be Too Old To Care?” he said.
As for his novels, The Plight Before Christmas was the top selling Christmas humor book for the Amazon Kindle in the weeks leading up to the holiday season last year. It follows a family in the 1960s experiencing a series of comedic calamities and disasters as they approach the holidays.
The first draft of his novel, Crossbow, was written while Kirkland was one of the cast members of BookTelevision’s 3-Day Novel TV series. Locked in an Edmonton bookstore for 72 hours, Kirkland and eleven other writers each had the task of writing a novel under the watchful eye and distractions of a TV crew and bookstore customers.
He is currently writing the sequel to Crossbow, a book that has been compared to the movie Fargo without a wood chipper. “People fell in love with the quirky characters who populated a small Kansas town faced with a serial killer in their midst. Readers have a soft spot for the dog in Crossbow. Duke is a far from brilliant Springer Spaniel being trained to become a police dog. "He has become a real favorite amongst readers," says Kirkland. "He has even gotten his own fan mail.”
Gordon’s books can be found online at http://www.amazon.com/Gordon-Kirkland/e/B001K8UZZ6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1. You can follow him on his Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-Kirkland/56688189161 or on Twitter at @kirklandatlarge.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gordon Kirkland has been called ‘one of North America’s premier humorists.’ BookExpo-America named him one of the seven Book Industry Characters in 2007.
He has received the Leacock Award of Merit for three of his ninebooks. He is a frequent speaker and workshop leader at writers’ conferences, festivals and university programs in Canada and the United States. He was a member of the cast of the 3-Day Novel television series, which aired on BookTelevision in the Fall of 2009. He lives in near Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit the Gordon Kirkland website at www.gordonkirkland.com.