Sherbrooke, November 2, 2023. Invited authors Ross Murray and Louise Carson will
be featured at the second Books & Brunch offered by the Townships Sun. The event is to take place on Sunday, November 12, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Amédée-Beaudoin Community Centre, 10 Samuel-Grantham, Lennoxville.
The first Books & Brunch, on October 15, featured memoir writers Mark Abley and Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt and got the series off to a rousing start, attracting more than 50 readers. “People were really engaged!” said Rachel Garber, editor of the Townships Sun. “The readings by both authors sparked a lively conversation.”
For the second Books & Brunch, the focus is on humour. “Everyone knows it’s good for your health,” said organizer Angela Leuck. “And in these troubling times, we can use as much humour as we can find!”
Murray provides the laughs as he reads from his new book, Smileyville, the much-anticipated follow-up to his novel A Hole in the Ground. Then participants will be swept away into the world of whimsy with Montreal-born Louise Carson, who will read from her latest cozy mystery, The Cat Looked Back. This sixth book in her acclaimed Maples Mystery Series combines art, intrigue, gourmet food and far too many cats!
Ross Murray is well-known in the Townships as the former editor/publisher of the Stanstead Journal. He went on to write an award-winning column for The Record and also recorded a bi-weekly radio piece for “Breakaway” on CBC’s Quebec Community Network. He has published three collections of his humour and has written and directed two plays: All Together Now for Borderline Players in 2019 and Bride of Memphre this past summer.
Louise Carson is the author of 15 books. In addition to mysteries, she has also turned her hand to poetry, a lyrical novella, a historical fiction series set in 18th century Scotland, and a psychological thriller. In 2019, her novel, In Which, was short-listed for a Quebec Writer’s Federation prize and a ReLit award. She lives in St. Lazare, Quebec, where she writes, runs, shovels snow and gardens.
The Books & Brunch event begins at noon with a tasty and varied brunch. The authors will read at 1 p.m. followed by a discussion and question period. Their books will be available for purchase and author signing.
Admission is free, but places are limited. The Townships Sun asks participants to reserve in advance by contacting [email protected] or 819-640-1340.
Books and Brunch is a Townships Sun initiative, and is part of the magazine’s year-long 50th anniversary celebrations.