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The Good Companions: Literary Event feat. Caetani-inspired stories, poems and more


History & heritage Poetry & spoken word Storytelling Writing & literature
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Caetani Centre

3401 Pleasant Valley Road

Vernon, BC


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Has gender-neutral washrooms.


In lieu with Culture Days in BC, The Caetani Centre is hosting a special literary event by four well-known Okanagan writers, all of whom have published works related to the Caetani story.

Join us in the Caetani Centre's Sveva Caetani Gallery, as you hear the fascinating story about artist Sveva Caetani and her noble Italian family, who immigrated to Vernon BC in the 1920s, told through poetry, historical fiction, short story, and even song.

Features readings/performances by Laisha Rosnau (author of Little Fortress), poet Virginia Dansereau, Steven Lattey (author of Behind the Fence), and Devon Muhlert (author of Cadence of Colour).

This is a pay-what-you-may event, suggested donation: $10. With proceeds going to our not-for-profit heritage and cultural facility near downtown Vernon. Books will be available for purchase and a cash bar will be on site.


1. To Ganesha: The Good Companions by Sveva Caetani @Caetani Cultural Centre Society

2. Sveva Caetani Gallery, Caetani Centre, Vernon. BC

3. Cover of Little Fortress by Laisha Rosnau, Wolsak and Wynn Publishers

4. Cover of Behind the Fence by Steven Lattey, painting by Sveva Caetani, RichFog Publications


Caetani Centre

The 125+ year-old Caetani Centre is a 6,000 sq. ft. designated heritage house, situated on 1.3 acres of land in Vernon, BC. A registered not-for-profit organization and registered charitable organization, the house and grounds are owned by the City of Vernon, and operated by the Caetani Cultural Centre Society.

Open to the public as a museum since July 2021, the Caetani Centre is available for both guided and self-guided heritage tours. Visitors can learn about the fascinating Caetani history and story and see treasured family artifacts as well as Sveva Caetani’s heralded Recapitulation painting series, recently returned permanently to the Caetani Centre after 35 years from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

The Caetani Centre is also host to special festivals and events such as the lively Summer Music Festival and our annual “fun”raiser the Caetani Splash Viva d'Arte.

The Caetani Centre also offers a Self-Directed Residency Program, with accommodation and studio space for visual artists, writers, curators, and creative individuals from around Canada and beyond to explore a diverse range of art practices, theories and experiences.

This event is part of a hub:

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