The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DefedeThe Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede

The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

byJim Defede

Paperback | August 14, 2003

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The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away<_u53a_p>


When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.

As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

Jim DeFede has been an award-winning journalist for sixteen years, first with the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and then with the Miami New Times. His work has appeared in Talk, The New Republic, and Newsday. He is currently ametro columnist for the Miami Herald.
Title:The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, NewfoundlandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:August 14, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060559713

ISBN - 13:9780060559717


Rated 5 out of 5 by from true Canadian spirit A must read. An amazing example of Canadian hospitality and an insight to how so many others were impacted by the events of 9/11.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This book brought tears to my eyes. It proves how kind and welcoming Canadians are in terrible times. It also shows how deeply 9/11 affected people around the world. Truly, a must read.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend This Book I have given this book as a gift many times over. This is a very interesting book that showcases Newfoundland and Labrador hospitality in the face of tragedy. We read this book years before Come From Away came to broadway....the stories are not the same, but the overarching theme is! A must-read
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Being from NL I absolutely love this story!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was recommended by a person working at Chapters and I am so glad that I bought it. It is extraordinary. The story is so well written. It is a must read - no doubt about it. The people of Newfoundland are extraordinary and they proved it. For a very long time we have been hearing Trump’s America first and I cannot help but wondering what would have happened that day if Canada had this kind of mentality.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A moving, excellent read. This book brings out the Canadian in everyone. It tells the story of how one small town rallied to make the very best that they could for people living a horrible tragedy. It's a story of selflessness, togetherness and love for all no matter what.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Price Tags on the Doors of Newfoundland I enjoyed how Defede took time to give some background information on Newfoundland as a province and the importance of Gander International Airport in aviation. The famous Newfoundland hospitality really speaks for itself. This book describes how Newfoundlanders donated everything from towels and bedding to clothing and even the use of their own bathrooms, to make sure their unexpected visitors had everything they needed. As an old song goes: "There are No Price Tags on the Doors of Newfoundland" This topic is important in that it shows a strong friendship between our (Canadian and American) two countries. When one country is in crisis, another stepped up to offer aid. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in Canadian-American relations and those who enjoy reading nonfiction.
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read One of my favourite books! Made me proud to be a Canadian!
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Day The World Came To Town Loved it! Heartwarming! Way to go Newfoundland. Doing all Canadians proud. The book is well written and the personal stories are captivating.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Really enjoyed this book! Very interesting and some wonderful moments.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read On 9-11 terrorists destroyed part of America, but what they didn't count on was the fact that something beautiful came out of their acts. This book shows the spirit of our people, the strength of humans and our ability to unite, and overcome anything. Thanks for telling this truly amazing story.
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Day the World Came to Town After so many years, it is heartening to hear that there are still good and caring people in the world!
Date published: 2013-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my absolute favourites. This book reminds me of what it means to be a Canadian, and what it means to be be a human being. Although an American from Florida who had never been to Newfoundland before venturing out to write this book, Jim Defede managed to capture the true heart that Newfoundlanders are famous for. The premise of the book may seem simple at first blush: when US airspace was closed on Sept. 11, planes from all over the world had to land instead of continuing on into America. Canada was an obvious place to land them. However, the events that took place when a small town took in thousands of "houseguests" is far from simple. The stories in this collection of recollections are varied as the people who were forced together in Gander in the days following 9/11. They made me laugh, cry, and want to read them out loud. I recommend this book to all Canadians. It reminds me of why I love my country. I hope it will remind others as well.
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost maked me cry!!!!!!!!!!! This book was so heart warming.I keeping back my tears in some parts.I am dam proud to be a Newfoundlander and proud of the newfie way.Great book give it to my friend now told her she has to read it.
Date published: 2009-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tribute to value of kindness everywhere This book make me proud to be a Canadian. I picked it up in anticipaton of an upcoming trip to Newfoundland and it was a short and gratifying read. In the face of the sad circumstances that caused the six thousand passengers to be stranded in Gander..the outpouring and consideration by the people of Gander was much needed to offset the stress and pain many were feeling. It was routine for residents to invite passengers into their home, loan out cars, ferry people around town...pretty much anything. There was a charter flight from Manchester which was ferrying children to Disneyworld, many as a birthday gift. The town put on a birthday party for those children. In order to ease the stress of the passengers who were leaving the RCMP officer who was checking and processing them through received permission to wear his full dress as a happy parting memory. The list of kindnesses went on and on. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2008-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great feel good book!!! This book had a profound effect on me. If you want to read a book that helps restore your faith in the world, this is one for you. It made me proud to be Canadian and inspired me to keep an open heart and help others. I heartily recommend it for everyone!
Date published: 2007-12-17

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderful and engaging account that reaffirms the remarkable humanity and kindness that flourished in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.” (Gerald Posner, author of Case Closed and Killing the Dream)