Pitt Meadows’ Gordon Kirkland is one of 101 writers featured in the Globe and Mail best-seller Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter.
Some of the worst winters produce the warmest memories.
When the Great Ice Storm hit Tanya Ambrose’s town in rural eastern Ontario, everyone lost power for a week. But what could’ve been a miserable experience turned into something great instead. Neighbours came together, sharing resources and meals. Years later, Ambrose still cherishes those memories.
“The common experience of facing adversity, and struggling and triumphing together,” she writes, “now binds our small rural community together.”
Filled with stories about weathering the cold, creating warm memories with family and friends, and playing great winter sports, these stories will remind readers what’s to love about winter in Canada as spring seems far away.
As coauthor Janet Matthews writes in her introduction: “When Canadians are confronted with extreme winter weather it brings out the best in us.”
Titled Disaster Strikes Vancouver, Kirkland’s tale chronicles the mayhem caused by a mere 20 centimetres of snow on the rainy West Coast.
Kirkland has written eight books of humour. Six of these are collections of short stories and three were runner-ups for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.