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About the Author

Natural-born storyteller Rick Ranson grew up in military bases across Canada. Today he spends his time living between Winnipeg and Key West, Florida. Ranson has worked variously as a longshoreman, drill ships welder, boilermaker, farm equipment salesman, editor for McGraw Hill, and forklift operator. Bittersweet Sands is his third book.


Praise for Bittersweet Sands

Beyond simply finding a throughline through a collection of anecdotes, Bittersweet Sands succeeds in offering a compelling portrait of that unusual community, one that rarely factors into discussions of the oilsands: hard men drawn together by work, getting rich, but isolated from family and friends and left without much else aside from each other to help pass the time.
Paul Blinov, Vue Weekly

Bittersweet Sands is a quick and easy read. I felt that I had a better understanding of the flavour and feel of life in Fort McMurray after I read it. If you have relatives that work in the patch, you might want to pick this one up.
Alexis Kienlen, Daily Herald-Tribune

The book is certainly not a full picture of life in and around Fort McMurray, but that cannot be expected from a 24-day snapshot taken by an out-of-town worker. Instead, it is an entertaining collection of stories told from a familiar setting.
Jessica McIntosh, Fort McMurray Today

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