Doors open at 6:30 pm. Reading at 7pm.
Admission is free. Bring a friend!

Reading Sveva is award-winning author Daphne Marlatt’s response to the life and paintings of Sveva Caetani, an Italian émigré who grew up in Vernon, British Columbia.

Well-known writer and performer John Lent will introduce Daphne. Reception to follow.
John Lent and Mark Nishihara will perform following the reading. Find out more about the evening here…

About the book:

Daughter of an Italian prince, leftist, and scholar of Islam, Sveva grew up with the multilingual and highly cultured European traditions of her parents who moved to Vernon in 1921, when Fascism was on the rise in Italy. At age eighteen, after her father’s death in 1939, Sveva was forced into home-seclusion for twenty-five years with her grieving mother. When her mother died, she entered the community of Vernon and flourished as a high school teacher and respected painter. Her life experiences took the form of an extensive series of dry-brush paintings modelled on the structure of Dante’s Divine Comedy, as well as poems and philosophical commentary.

Marlatt’s lasting interest in the lives of immigrants to the West Coast continues in Reading Sveva, a thoughtful collection of ekphrastic and lyric poems that respond to Sveva’s insular life, the late beginnings of her artistic grown in 1960, and the meaning of home.

Bringing her own perspective as an immigrant and as a woman, Marlatt illuminates the life of this forgotten female artist whose work is a testament to the struggle of the female artist, and the search for a sense of belonging.

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“Everything that Marlatt has published is instinct with caring, intelligence and a feel for technical innovation.”

Toronto Star

“Marlatt’s language conveys a rich sensuality, a sensibility honed to a fine edge.”

—Judith Fitzgerald