A Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage: Stories

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
About this Work 

This set of ten cautionary tales showcases Gaston's range and narrative versatility, moving seamlessly from the funny to the poignant to the surprising and absurd. The stories revel in the ironic and contrary, from a vegan working at a fish farm to a man getting his boat fixed the same day he plans to sink it to a man exchanging the keys to his Lincoln for a goat.

Douglas & McIntyre
Jurors' Citation 

To read a Bill Gaston story is to discover something new about yourself, every time. Timely and timeless, funny and full of depth, these are some of Gaston’s finest, smartest, and most varied stories.

Bill Gaston

Bill Gaston is the acclaimed author of seven novels and six short story collections, as well as poetry, drama and a memoir. His previous collection of short fiction, Juliet Was a Surprise (Hamish Hamilton, 2014), was nominated for the Governor General's Award, and his most recent novel, The World (Hamish Hamilton, 2012), won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.  His new collection of short stories, A Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage (2017), was published by Douglas & McIntyre. In 2002, Gaston was the inaugural recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Timothy Findley Award for his body of work. He lives in Victoria, BC.