Ross Murray launches new book at Haskell
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.