Ross Mur­ray launches new book at Haskell

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Ross Mur­ray will be launch­ing his new book this week, first in Que­bec City, on Wed­nes­day, then at the Haskell Free Li­brary, in Stanstead, on Satur­day, May 11th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. “It’s a free event in the Read­ing Room that should be ca­sual and fun. It won’t be just me go­ing on and on – we’ll have some snacks and I’ve in­vited Sarah Biggs to come and sing a few songs,” said Mr. Mur­ray about the songstress who was the win­ner of the re­cently held “Sugar Shack Ses­sions”.

Don’t Ev­ery­one Jump at Once - Col­umns and other mis­guided no­tions is a col­lec­tion of hu­mor­ous es­says, some that have ap­peared in his reg­u­lar col­umn with a Town­ships daily, and oth­ers that were heard on CBC Ra­dio’s af­ter­noon show, Break­away, where he is a reg­u­lar colum­nist. “The col­umns ap­peared over a three­year pe­riod, from 2007 to 2010. Be­cause I was writ­ing on a weekly ba­sis, some of the ar­ti­cles were timely so I brought those up to date. Some of the ra­dio pieces were adapted a bit and they will be in print for the first time,” he said.

One source of in­spi­ra­tion for Mr. Mur­ray’s comedic mus­ings is his fam­ily life. “My kids are older now so they are in the book a lit­tle less, but they’re there. There’s a piece about one of my daugh­ters get­ting her nose pierced and an­other about teach­ing one how to drive,” said Mr. Mur­ray.

This laugh-out-loud book fol­lows his first, You’re not go­ing to eat that, are you?, also a col­lec­tion of pre­vi­ously pub­lished es­says which came out a few years ago. “That book had pieces that I’d writ­ten over the past fif­teen years, even pieces that ap­peared in The Stanstead Jour­nal. My kids grew up in that book,” said the author.

Asked how he chooses what to put into his books from his ma­te­rial, he said: “I go through my col­umns, if they suck I don’t put them in. I put in the ones that I like, try to pick ones that are en­ter­tain­ing, and choose a va­ri­ety of styles. One good thing is that I have free reign when I write; I can go off on a satir­i­cal route or write about some­thing very silly. They’re all short pieces, very quick to read. I think it would be great for a Mother’s Day gift!”

Ross Mur­ray’s new book, Don’t Ev­ery­one Jump at Once, can be found at the Stanstead IGA, Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s Ex­pres­sions Bou­tique and Black Cat Books, both in Len­noxville, and at Brome Lake Books, in Knowl­ton. His hu­mour can also be en­joyed on the in­ter­net at ross­mur­ray1.word­press.com.

Ross Mur­ray, never one to shy away from the comedic side of things, jumps off a gallery of the But­ters House on the Stanstead Col­lege grounds with his new book, Don’t Ev­ery­one Jump at Once – Col­umns and other mis­guided no­tions, in hand.

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