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Christian McPherson to Read in Edmonton

Posted: September 21,2007

Meet author Christian McPherson as he reads from his provocative new book, Six Ways to Sunday (Nightwood Editions). Christian will be joined by rob mclennan, reading from The Ottawa City Project (Chaudiere Books). The event will be at Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue on Thursday September 27th beginning at 7:30 pm.

Six Ways to Sunday is a brave first collection of stories that pulls readers through shady pool halls, greasy restaurant kitchens and dangerous drug dens. Christian McPherson infuses his gritty settings with a hyperkinetic imagination, sympathetic characters and a fantastically animated writing style that makes his stories impossible to put down or forget.

Twelve stories show readers the direction of Six Ways to Sunday. McPherson opens the collection with “The Plastic Garden,” a revealing observation of the threat rage poses to the soul. He introduces an unusual party guest in “Clown Face” and shows us that reality exists even behind a red nose, rainbow hair and whipped cream. McPherson covers the spectrum of human experience, from Thongchai and Rocket Ray of “The Pineapple Thai Village” to the disgruntled lawyer turned chili-scientist, Paul Rogers.

The characters who dwell in Six Ways to Sunday are the xenophobic, the substance-abused, the mentally ill, and the lost—the melancholy brave who shine bright in the dingy recesses of the bar. Christian McPherson explores the illusions that people create to cope with reality and what happens when these fictions are shattered.

Christian McPherson’s work has been published in Kiss Machine, Queen’s Quarterly, The New Quarterly, and dANDdelion, and in the anthologies Open Window III and Seeds 3. His stories and poems have won several awards and honourable mentions, including the John Spencer Hill Award, the Ottawa Public Library Short Story Award, and the Canadian Poetry Association’s Poetry Competition. McPherson lives in Ottawa.