Christian McPherson

Christian McPherson is a Great Canadian Find.  And I found him in an unusual way.  I was reading Ottawa Magazine online and came across their “REASON TO LOVE OTTAWA” articles.  Christian (along with his debut novel The Cube People) was featured as

REASON TO LOVE OTTAWA #10: The civil service is funny!


I decided that if he made it as a Top Ten reason to love Ottawa, I should look up this novel of his.  I found a summary online of The Cube People and immediately knew that it would be a book that I would be interested in (I work as a public servant during my “business hours”) and that others would be keen on as well.  I had to get a copy of this book!  However, seeing as this blog is solely a hobby, I wondered if Christian would be kind enough to loan me a copy of the book – and in return I would provide an official book review on this site.  If I liked it, I would also encourage others to buy it.  Well Christian was kind enough to not only GIVE me a copy of his book, The Cube People, but also to provide me with a copy of his recent book of poetry, The Sun Has Forgotten Where I LiveREVIEWS OF BOTH TO COME!

Christian lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.  He is currently taking time off from his job in the public service to write full-time.  His official biography from his publisher Nightwood Editions states

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. He has a degree in philosophy from Carleton University and a computer programming diploma from Algonquin College.

But what his official biography won’t tell you is how much he enjoys writing or how kind he is to those interested in his work.  Through all the emails and questions I sent him, he always provided a quick but thorough and respectful response.  He even generously agreed to a Q&A with me regarding his debut novel and writing.  I think that others should definitely take notice of this local author.

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This has been entry #1 on the 3-part Christian McPherson series.  Hope you’ll stay tuned for what’s to come 🙂