A Review of Chicanery, Civility & Celebrations
A review of Chicanery, Civility, Celebrations written by Ron Shearer, and reviewed for the Ormsby Review by Ron Verzuh, who hails from Castlegar and is a specialist in Kootenay history.
Kootenay history buffs have long savoured the storytelling talents of Ron Shearer, a retired UBC economics professor turned amateur historian. Now, in a randomly presented selection of stories, he takes us back to the mining town of Rossland in its heyday. And deliciously intriguing stories they are.
Travelling back to the 1890s and early 20th century with Shearer as our guide makes for a joyous and eventful voyage. In short, readable vignettes, he returns to the pioneer times of his hometown using a cast of characters that rivals the celebrated TV series Deadwood.
Like all good storytellers, he keeps us guessing as we learn what life was like in this sometimes-wild mining camp, soon to be nicknamed “Golden City,” with its drunken brawls, a red light district called the “tenderloin,” and the occasional shooting."
We have reviews of the Chicanery, Civility, Celebrations publication. Ormsby Review – HERE is the link to the complete review.
We also have a review from Greg Nesteroff – a local writer and historian. It is as follows:
“I admire Ron Shearer’s tenacity, persistence, and meticulousness in opening a window on Rossland’s past. He rediscovers characters who have not received their due, or whose legacies have been clouded by mythology. Chicanery, Civility, and Celebrations is full of such tales. It's also fun to read!”