Born in Toronto in 1947, Gary Karlsen came with his family to B.C. in 1956 and attended King George High School. Fresh out of high school, he crewed on a deep-sea freighter in the hopes of reaching Norway, the land of his ancestors. In his self-published memoir, No Ordinary Seaman - A Memoir (2018), he recalls deep-sea shipping and the idiosyncratic lives of sailors. Between voyages he discovers his roots in Norway, and becomes immersed in a family larger than he has ever known. But he is soon called back to the sea - his chosen road home. Karlsen received a BA from SFU and a Masters in Education from UBC.

No Ordinary Seaman - A Memoir (2018) $22.95 978-1-7752669-0-7

[BCBW 2019]