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About the Author
Gordon Kirkland began writing full time four years after sustaining a spinal cord injury in 1990. His syndicated newspaper column ran in papers in Canada and the United States from 1994 to 2007. His first book, Justice Is Blind – And Her Dog Just Peed IN My Cornflakes was released in 1999. He has written close to one thousand newspaper columns, magazine articles, and short stories. His books include eight collections of humorous essays and two novels. Three of his previous nine books received the Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour, one of Canada’s top literary awards. Laughing Through Life At Fart Height, his tenth book, takes his favorite stories from the last twenty-two years, and combines them with new material. His stated purpose for this book is to show that, while the spinal cord injury that put him in a wheelchair took away some of his sense of feeling, it did not affect his sense of humor. The title comes from a situation he has often shared on stage. Waiting in line at a grocery store or riding on an elevator makes wheelchair users highly aware of other’s gaseous eruptions. He says, “I used to stand 6’4” and people would ask me how the air is up there. Now in my wheelchair I am about 4’6”. That puts my head in the atmospheric zone I call fart height. You really don’t want to know how the air is down here.” Gordon was born in 1953 and grew up in the Toronto and London, Ontario areas, and got his start in stand-up comedy when still a teenager performing in coffeehouses and clubs in Southern Ontario. He has held management and executive positions in both private industry and government. He has lived near Vancouver BC since 1982. In 2013, his life was saved by a last-minute organ transplant. He was in palliative care waiting to move to a hospice when the call came that an organ match had been found. He and his high school sweetheart, Diane have been married for 43 years. The have two adult sons and a very spoiled surrogate grandchild in the form of a chocolate Labrador Retriever. He enjoys traveling, underwater and on-land photography, and wheelchair hiking.
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A Liver in the Nick of Time
30 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I've been a Gordon Kirkland fan for many years, and his previous books have generated innumerable bouts of laughter. Laughing Through Life at Fart Height uphold the Kirkland tradition of tears from laughing so hard. There are a couple of serious chapters, though, especially near the end of the book where he writes about being told he has liver failure and without a liver transplant will die. Even more sobering is the odds of finding a liver suitable for transplant for him is remote. But he does get the transplant, and we get to benefit again from his brilliant humor.
Love his writing
24 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I have read all his books and enjoyed all of them. The spacing is off in this one. There are hundreds of run-together words. I am able to read through this, but a lot of people might have trouble. But it was funny!
susie m tanner
1 April 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
love anything by Gordon kirkland
Good sense of humor
29 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Gordon has a good sense of humor!
It is great to have you back, Gord. Please may we have more?
2 January 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
To those for whom this is a first acquaintance with Kirkland's writing, welcome to the gold mine of humor. Enjoy!