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Christian McPherson Reads in Edmonton

Posted: April 18, 2011

In Edmonton for the long weekend? Don't miss Nightwood Editions novelist and poet Christian McPherson reading from both his new poetry collection, The Sun has Forgotten Where I Live (Now or Never Publishing) and his recently released debut novel The Cube People (Nightwood Editions) at Audreys Books— 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton—on Saturday, April 23th at 3pm.

Christian McPherson and his debut novel, The Cube People, have been named by Ottawa Magazine as the #10 reason to love Ottawa! Now, he takes this book, which pokes fun at government cubicle culture, to Alberta's capital.

Christian’s readings, like his books, are bound to be comedic, fun, and curious. For more information regarding his book event in Edmonton, please call Audreys Books at (780) 423-3487.

The Cube People, published last fall, follows the life and times of a struggling computer programmer/novelist wannabe. McPherson surrounds his protagonist, Colin MacDonald, with a cast of screwball characters while he toils away at his government job, struggles with fertility and dreams of becoming a published writer. Recycled air, bad lighting and bizarre environmental office policies by day; scheduled love-making sessions and rejection letters by night, push MacDonald to try to write his way out of his cyclical life story. Part tragedy, part comedy—with a bit of horror thrown in for fun—McPherson cooks up a boiling plot and a memorable anti-hero.

The Sun has Forgotten Where I live, Christian McPherson’s second book of poetry, will be launched in Ottawa on April 16th. The poems in this collection are snapshots of suburban fatherhood, philosophical musings on our limited temporal existence, and rants about an absurd world. McPherson reflects the world back to us as if we were seeing it through a series of wonky carnival ride mirrors. Sometimes the images are so outlandish that all you can do is laugh. Other times you can make out the ghostly apparition of death with his arm snugly wrapped around your shoulder. Whatever reflections of joy, sadness, fear, horror, or love may be observed, the truth always radiates in subtle waves, bringing the world into sharper focus. With The Sun Has Forgotten Where I Live, you need to grab hold of the safety bar and prepare to go on the ride, which is your life.

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. His first book Six Ways to Sunday was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Fiction. McPherson lives in Ottawa and works as a computer programmer by day, and a writer by night. He has a degree in philosophy from Carleton University and a computer programming diploma from Algonquin College.