Bette Howland’s work has been described variously as nonfiction, autobiography, short stories, "a first-class novel," chronicles. She describes it this way: You don’t use a form. That’s the whole trouble. You find a form....When people worry whether something is fiction or nonfiction, they are worrying about how much invention there is. They should be worrying about how much imagination there is. Imagination is the only way of experiencing life. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, a selection of her stories, will be Howland’s first book in more than thirty years.