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.
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 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.
Raised in Nova Scotia, Ross Murray has lived in Quebec for over 20 years. He is the former editor and owner of The Stanstead Journal, an English weekly newspaper, and since 2005 has served as communications coordinator at Stanstead College, a private high school. Since 2004, Ross has written a weekly humour column in The Sherbrooke Record, Quebec’s only English daily outside Montreal. Ross also records a biweekly radio column for CBC Quebec City’s afternoon show “Breakaway.” In 2010, he published a collection of his newspaper columns entitled You’re Not Going to Eat That, Are You?, available at all good bookshops, including AngloStore, Quebec City. In 2013, he published the second helping Don’t Everyone Jump at Once.
Ross’s insightful, irreverent humour has also shown up on “McSweeney’s,” “The Big Jewel,” “Errant Parent,” CBC’s “WireTap,” CBC Montreal’s “All in a Weekend” and a number of anthologies.
Ross lives on the Vermont border with his wife Debbie.
They have four children, Emily, Katie, James and Abby.