Salt Spring Reads is an online book club/review. For this column I try to find books that you might love to discover, books with a Salt Spring connection. Reviewed books are available at the Salt Spring Library and/or in local bookstores. Feel free to share your comments.
The Salt Spring Chronicles by Roger M. Brunt, Illustrated by Margaret Threlfall
Much has been written about Salt Spring’s features and history. So it’s fun to get to know Salt Springers themselves by reading Roger M. Brunt’s – him of faerie fame – book.
Originally published as columns in The Driftwood, each chapter features a local islander. It is interesting to read about what brought each of them to the island and how they have established a home, and often work, for themselves. Take Bob and Judy Weeden, for instance, who came from interesting locations, each with a doctorate degree, and put their hearts in farming, pottery and apple growing. Thus significantly contributing to Salt Spring’s fame and attraction.
Wordsmith Brunt takes us along, from the North End to the South, to sit at kitchen tables on Long Harbour Road, at Duck Creek and at Bullock Lake Farm.
Through his gently probing questions we get to know an important part of the island’s human history: from a lighthouse keeper to keepers of sheep, donkeys, even emus.
Reading this book made me realize the wealth of knowledge and experience that Salt Springers bring with them when they grow up, settle on, or return to this island. From peace keepers, to ambassadors, university professors, to artists and farmers, Roger Brunt’s book introduces us to the wide and eclectic variety of people that chose to call Salt Spring home, making it such a unique place in the process.
About Margriet Ruurs
Margriet Ruurs is the author of over 30 books. She runs Between The Covers Booklovers’ B & B on Salt Spring Island. Her newest title is Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family’s Journey published by Orca Book Publishers.