Ross Murray’s “Don’t Everyone Jump at Once” International Book Launch Tour

Ross Murray’s “Don’t Everyone Jump at Once” International Book Launch Tour
Ross Murray at the Townships launch of Don't Everyone Jump at Once

Ross Murray at the Townships launch of Don’t Everyone Jump at Once

Comedy author, writer, and CBC radio personality Ross Murray launched his second book, Don’t Everyone Jump at Once, during a pair of launch events held in Quebec City and Stanstead.  Following up on the success of his first book, You’re Not Going to Eat That, Are You?, Murray’s second book is a series of reality-inspired columns and musings about life in the Eastern Townships.

The Quebec City launch, held Wednesday May 8th by AngloStore at Place Naviles, on Chemin Quatre Bourgeois, attracted a full house.  Fans of Murray from his CBC segments and Life in Québec Magazine columns filled the room in from 7:00PM for two hours of selected readings, anecdotes, and questions and answers with Ross Murray. Murray’s easy-going personality and keen sense of the absurd shines through just as easily in person as in his writing, and the audience present warmed up to his readings almost instantly, with laughter being heard regularly throughout his anecdotes.  Most stayed and lined up to have Murray sign their copy of his new book, before heading home at the end of the event around 9:00PM.

Haskell Library room - tape on floor is the US/Canada border

Haskell Library room – tape on floor is the US/Canada border

The Townships launch was held the following Saturday, May 11th, and was just as successful a day.  Held in the historic Haskell Free Library, a building which literally straddles the Canada-US border between the towns of Stanstead (Québec) and Derby Line (Vermont), the surreal building provided a great backdrop to Murray’s unique brand of observational and anecdotal humour.  Being in his hometown, Murray was surrounded by friends and fans who know him from his columns in the Sherbrooke Record.  Murray was joined by recording artist and “prodigal townshipper” Sarah Biggs, who interspaced Murray’s readings with songs from her two albums, as well as Murray’s own daughter Abby who voiced a younger version of herself in one of her father’s pieces.

Murray signs a copy of his book for a fan

Murray signs a copy of his book for a fan

Murray explains the book title, Don’t Everyone Jump at Once, came out of his apprehension of being unable to find a publisher.  “I remember thinking, ok, I have this book.  Who wants to publish it?  Don’t everyone jump at once!” Murray explained in his usual self-deprecating humour during the Quebec City launch.  “Now it’s published.  Who wants to buy it?  Don’t everyone jump at once!”

Don’t Everyone Jump at Once is published by Quebec City based Blue Ice Books and is available in shops and online for $18.50.  Ross Murray continues to contribute to Life in Québec Magazine, LifeinQuebec.com, CBC’s Breakaway, and the Sherbrooke Record.

 

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Farnell Morisset

Farnell Morisset is passionate about discussing (among other things) the issues of modern social identity for many Québécois who, like him, feel deeply connected to the Québécois nation and culture yet do not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image. He has an engineering degree from Laval University and is currently a law student at McGill University. It is with this in mind that he contributes to LifeinQuebec.com as a valued member of our in-house writing team.

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