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Somebody Told Him Somethin': Rick James on tour with rum running book

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 1:41pm

Maritime historian Rick James has been researching what really went down along the West Coast during prohibition. He has recently released a book on the subject titled Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running and will on tour giving illustrated presentations at the following locations:

  • Powell River: Presentation at the Powell River Public Library (100-6975 Alberni Street) on October 19 from 7pm to 9pm
  • Courtenay: Book Launch at the Native Sons Hall (Lower Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave .) on Saturday, October 27. Doors open at 1:30pm, and the presentation starts at 2:30pm.
  • Victoria: Presentation at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia (634 Humboldt St.) on Thursday, November 1 at 5pm. 
  • Vancouver: Presentation at the Vancouver Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Avenue) on Sunday, November 4 from 2:30pm to 4pm. The event is free with museum admission, available at a discount here.
  • Tofino: Presentation at the Tofino-Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre on Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm. 
  • Port Alberni: Presentation in the Dogwood Room at the Echo Centre (4255 Wallace Street) on Thursday, November 15 at 7pm. Presented by the Port Alberni Maritime History Society. Admission with PAMHS membership or by donation.

Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How is a lively volume in which James separates fact from fiction, taking an authoritative look into BC’s rum-running past. Contrary to popular perception, rum-running along the Pacific was usually carried out in a relatively civilized manner, with an oh-so-Canadian politeness on the British Columbian side. But there were indeed shootouts, hijackings and even a particularly gruesome murder associated with the business.

Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How is impeccably researched, and James draws on first-hand accounts from old-time rum-runners, the often-sensational newspaper coverage of the day and his expert knowledge of the various vessels that speckled the coast—from beaten-up fishing boats to ocean-going steamers. In addition, he offers astute commentary on the parallels between the prohibition of alcohol and the regulation of recreational drugs such as marijuana. In Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How, James has brought history alive making it relevant to British Columbians today.