Ron Stevens

Published by Heartland Associates 2011, Much Ado About Squat: Squatters and Homesteaders Ravage Riding Mountain Forest is Ron Stevens’ first book. A retired teacher of high school English, he grew up in the hamlet of Birnie, prominently mentioned in the book and located just east of Riding Mountain. As a child in the 1930s and ‘40s he knew several of the settlers whose histories are recounted. His career in teaching, which began in rural Manitoba, was mostly spent in Winnipeg. He holds M.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Manitoba. He now lives with his wife Irene near Selkirk.
Two stories previously published in recent anthologies of prairie writing are based on earlier versions of chapters from Much Ado About Squat. He also performed “Stories My Granddad Told” on CBC Radio.

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