Ron Smith is the BC author of four collections of poetry, a book of short stories, a play, a kid’s book and many more. His poetry has been translated and published in Italy.
On May 11, 2020, Improbable Journeys: From Crossing the Himalayas on Horseback to a Career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which I co-authored with Dr. Bernie Binns, was released by Rock’s Mills Press of Oakville, Ontario. Part medical memoir, part travelogue, our book looks at the career of a man who was born in the Falkland Islands and spent his first 12 years in India and Chinese Turkestan; who was educated in Britain, at the University of London and Oxford; who practiced his career in Uganda as Idi Amin came to power; who fought for the rights of women to choose; taught at the University of Manitoba in infectious diseases; worked with the Inuit in the north, in their home place; and eventually retired to Vancouver Island. Dr. Binns, who now spends half his year in New Zealand, answers the question of what he believes makes a good healer, especially in these times when the patient often seems secondary in the medical experience.
The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke is a first-person account of a massive ischemic stroke to the brain stem. Smith takes the reader inside the experience and shows how recuperation happens.
Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story is a moving sports biography of the amazing athlete Gerry James. Elf the Eagle is his first book for children. Ron taught English and Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College) for 28 years, is the founder of Oolichan Books, and has edited and published over 300 books. He holds degrees from UBC and the University of Leeds, and was recently the first Fulbright Chair in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. He lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada with his wife, Pat, who is also a writer.
A selection of Ron’s Books:
Improbable Journeys: From Crossing the Himalayas on Horseback to A Career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Rock’s Mills Press, 2020)
The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke (Ronsdale, 2016).
Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story (Oolichan, 2011).
Elf the Eagle (Oolichan, 2007). Illustrated by Ruth Campbell.
Arabesque e altre poesie (Schifanoia Editore, Italy, 2002)
What Men Know About Women (Oolichan, 1999)
The Last Time We Talked (Reference West, 1996)
Enchantment & Other Demons (Oolichan, 1995)
A Buddha Named Baudelaire (Sono Nis, 1988)
Collected Poems of Ralph Gustafson, Vol 1 & 2, editor (Sono Nis, 1982)
Seasonal (Sono Nis, 1984)
Rainshadow: Stories from Vancouver Island (Oolichan/Sono Nis, 1982)
Ron Smith is a BC writer of poetry, children’s books, fiction, non fiction and drama. Author of NHL and CFL biography Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story and the children’s book Elf the Eagle, he lives near Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.