Delay Launching Kirkland’s 4th Book in Canada Finally Resolved

A year after its US release, Canadian humorist Gordon Kirkland is finally seeing his fourth book, I Think I'm Having One Of Those Decades, making its way to Canadian bookstore shelves.

Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada, March 23, 2007 --( I Think I May Be Having One Of Those Decades (AuthorHouse, 2006), Gordon Kirkland’s fourth collection of short humour was launched in the United States in March of 2006, in conjunction with his appearance as a keynote speaker at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop at the University of Dayton.

The original plan was to give the book its Canadian launch last September. That had to be amended when Hushion House, the distributor Kirkland’s American publisher was using in Canada, suddenly went bankrupt in July of 2006.

“I was beginning to think the title was a self-fulfilling prophesy,” Kirkland said today after announcing that the book is finally making its way to Canadian book retailers.

Kirkland’s three previous books all received the Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour as finalists for the Leacock medal. He writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column appearing in newspapers in both Canada and the United States. He is also a frequent guest on radio and television in both countries.

Technically, the book has been available to Canadian book retailers since its original release through the American book distributor, Ingram’s, however the major Canadian bookseller Indigo Books & Music Inc. preferred to deal with a Canadian distributor. Indigo operates stores under the Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Smithbooks, and The Book Company banners. Combined these stores have a share of the Canadian bookselling industry that has often been estimated to be in excess of sixty percent.

“Because Indigo’s share of the market is as large as it is, we had to get that situation resolved before we could do a Canadian launch,” Kirkland added. “After a lot of hard work at both ends, my publisher and Indigo staff found a solution that works to everyone’s satisfaction.”

The situation puts Kirkland in an unusual position with two Canadian launches this year. His fifth book, I May Be Big But I Didn’t Cause That Solar Eclipse, will be launched in the United States June 1, 2007 at BookExpo-America in New York. The Canadian launch is scheduled for September 1st, in conjunction with public and media appearances the author will be making in Southern Ontario and British Columbia.

Kirkland lives in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver, with Diane, his wife of over thirty-three years. They have two grown sons. A started his career as a humour writer a few years after receiving a serious spinal injury in a 1990 automobile accident. His newspaper column began in 1994.


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