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Morris to sign books Saturday at Pages in Prescott

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Brockville Observer columnist Jeffrey Morris will be at Pages Book Store on King St. in Prescott Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. to do a Christmas book signing for his book, From the Other Side.
His book is a collection of his award-winning columns and includes a brief “story behind the story” for each entry.
“Sometimes, the story of how the column came to be or what the reaction was can be much more entertaining than the column itself,” said Morris.
“There is a little bit of everything in it. You will laugh, you might cry, you might get worked up. I wanted to hit a broad spectrum with the book and take the readers on a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride.”
Morris is the first third-generation author from Prescott. His grandfather, the late Jack A. Morris, published a local history book for Canada’s Centennial in 1967, and his father, the late John A. H. Morris, published a more thorough and updated Prescott history book in 2000.
“I hope that anyone who knew my father will enjoy the book,” said Morris. “The first three chapters are stories about him. They are from the heart.”
After growing up working in the family-owned newspaper business, Morris worked as the editor of a national sports magazine in St. Catharines before moving to the United States to work in professional sports collectible and licensed merchandise marketing for the NHL and NFL. He lived primarily in Dallas and Seattle before returning to the family business after his father’s passing.
Morris, who had been a national columnist for ESPN in the U.S., returned to Canada in 2005 and took over his father’s old column space in The Morris Group newspapers. He was the Ontario Community Newspaper Association Humor Columnist of the Year in 2005, and a runner-up for the award in 2007. In 2008, Morris became the first journalist to ever win OCNA Columnist of the Year and OCNA Reporter of the Year in the same year. In 2009, Morris was runner-up for the OCNA Reporter of the Year Award, and he also won a Canadian Community Newspaper Award for writing the best editorial in the country.
Morris is a graduate of South Grenville District High School, where he “played football and basketball and got beat by TISS all the time, and eventually passed enough classes to go to Carleton University.” Morris “through some act of God” graduated from Carleton and left the school as a three-time conference all-star in football and as the school’s all-time scoring leader. Upon graduating – he still can’t figure out how he managed to get a degree – he joined the family newspaper business and embarked on a string of unsuccessful CFL tryouts.
“It was always a numbers game,” said Morris of his pro football tryouts. “They didn’t have room on the roster for someone who sucked.”
Morris’ book will be available at the signing for $19.95. Copies of the book will also be available at Pages, at the Prescott Journal office, and at the Brockville Observer office.

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