If, When

Gaspereau Press ¶ Printers & Publishers, 2021

The poems in If, When link the author’s contemporary experiences while living in Squamish, British Columbia, with those of her great-grandparents, who lived in the nearby mining town of Britannia a century earlier. Exploring the complex layers of relationship that make up a place—the many interactions and negotiations that transpire as different people live and work together within a specific environment—Bren Simmers offers a fresh and empathetic take on the inevitable tensions between land stewardship and economic development, finding, ultimately, much potential for connection and community.

You can order a copy from Gaspereau Press, your favourite independent bookstore (mine is The Bookmark in Charlottetown), or online. Cover image features a wood engraving by George Walker

“Annick MacAskill Reviews Bren Simmers Work of Labour and Inheritance” in Atlantic Books Today

Review on Rob McLennan’s Blog

Conversation with Susan Gillis at Concrete & River

Thanks to Adam Hill for making this book trailer for If, When. Filmed on one of my favourite trails on PEI.

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