Society

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

Because only in Ottawa could a CIVIL SERVANT write a hilarious first novel that lampoons the public service — then promptly take a leave from his secure public service job to work on his next book.

The novel’s protagonist, Colin MacDonald, spends his days chafing against the golden handcuffs, his nights trying to write that breakout novel that will allow him to pack it all in. Anyone who has ever lived the cube life will identify as he suffers under politically correct bosses and beside inept cube mates. Warning: simultaneously laugh-out-loud funny and despair-inducing.

MORNING TYPES: Check out The Cube People author Christian McPherson on A Channel next week at 6:50 a.m. on Monday, March 28. He’ll be talking about his #10 spot in Ottawa Magazine, The Cube People, and his new poetry book The Sun Has Forgotten Where I Live, which is being launched at Collected Works on Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m.

Read all 44 of Ottawa Magazine’s “Reasons to Love Ottawa” in the March/April edition. On newsstands now.