Do you know why I think books are going to be okay for at least a little while longer? Because there are few things more exciting than saying out loud, “I have a book coming out!” Yelling, “I’ve gone viral!” — not quite the same thing. Or maybe I’m just old.
So call me old, I don’t care, because I have a book coming out!
It’s a collection of some of my best humour columns and CBC Radio pieces, ranging from domestic slices of life to satire to plain silliness to — look, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know what you’re getting into.
A small publisher out of Quebec City, Blue Ice Books, has taken on this project, and by small I mean I’m their first venture. But they were great supporters of my first collection when it came out three years ago, so I’m quite happy to be working with them. It sure beats doing the work myself. #lazywriter
We have a launch planned for Quebec City, May 8. If it’s any incitement for you to make the trip, I believe there will be sandwiches. French-Canadian sandwiches! We’ll have a second launch in the Eastern Townships on May 11 at the stunning, border-straddling Haskell Free Library. I believe there will be Border Patrol. Unfriendly U.S. Border Patrol!
Now I have to promote this bad boy. This is the part where I have to get over the modesty. Ah, who am I kidding; I have to get over the false-modesty. For example, I am beyond tickled to have this blurb from poet/author/humorist Sheree Fitch. If you don’t know Sheree’s works and if you have kids, you owe it to the world to read her poems out loud to them. But enough about her; back to me:
“Every once in a while, you happen upon a writer you never knew before but know you’ll never forget. I was lucky to meet Ross Murray. He’s brilliant, funny, wise and loves his community. He’s not afraid to say where he stands and not afraid to play – even dazzle us – with his language. Think Cirque du Soleil, Murray as one of Quebec’s linguistic acrobatic journalists.”
– Sheree Fitch, author of Kiss the Joy as it Flies
Holy blurbicious! Right? RIGHT???
Don’t Everyone Jump at Once will be up on Amazon but for now it’s available for pre-order through Blue Ice.
And, oh yes, one last thing: I HAVE A BOOK COMING OUT!