Canadian Humorist Pulls Plug On His Column After 13 Years

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By: E&P Staff

Canadian writer Gordon Kirkland has ended his self-syndicated humor column after 13 years.

His last “Gordon Kirkland at Large” piece will run in Canadian and U.S. papers the week of Sept. 24.

“It’s been coming for a while,” Kirkland said from his home near Vancouver. “The last straw came when CanWest sent me a contract demanding exclusive worldwide rights to the column, in return for the $25 a week one CanWest paper was paying for it.”

The award-winning writer added that he’s been spending “two or three days a month in the role of a frustrated bill collector” with some papers.

Kirkland plans to continue writing humor — concentrating on books, a movie project currently in development, and speaking engagements. His column has spawned five books.

Also, Kirkland was recently a member of the cast filming the “3-Day Novel” series that’s slated to air next year on Canada’s BookTelevision. For the show, he and 11 other writers from across the country spent three days living and working inside a large Edmonton bookstore — each with the daunting task of completing a full novel in just 72 hours.

“I will miss hearing from my newspaper readers,” Kirkland said. “I’ll also miss the editorial staff at the papers I have dealt with for so many years. As for the type of people who are now in this business like the ones who came up with that contract document … well … not so much.”

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