Monday, 10 August 2009

Bill Gaston A Forest Path

I have just read Bill Gaston'e A Forest Path from his book of short stories Mount Appetite.

"A Forest Path" has no time. The illegitimate, unrecognized and self-righteous son of Malcolm Lowry, and a teetotaler, he carefully rectifies the drunken inaccuracies in his father's prose, putting a new spin on his story "A Forest Path to the Spring" wherein a crouching cougar turns out to symbolize more and less than what Lowry and his readers might have imagined. Amazon CA

Bill Gaston (born 1953) is a Canadian novelist, playwright and short story writer.

Gaston grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Toronto, Ontario, and North Vancouver, British Columbia.

His story collection Mount Appetite (2002) was nominated for the 2002 Giller Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Gaston received a second Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize nomination for his novel Sointula (2004). He was the recipient of the inaugural Timothy Findley Award in 2003.

Gaston currently teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria. He previously served as director of the creative writing program at the University of New Brunswick, and as editor of The Fiddlehead.
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