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National Book Award Finalists

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 14, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!


Hey Wildcats! Today’s an important day for book lovers. Tonight, the 2018 National Book Award winners will be announced! Presented by the National Book Foundation, their goal is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. The five finalists in each category were selected by a panel of distinguished literary experts. This year alone, there were over 1,600 submissions. 

This week, check out some of the finalists Falvey has in the stacks. Have you read any of the books on the list? Do they deserve a National Book Award? Let Falvey know! Comment below.

Finalists for Fiction:

Source: Amazon.

  • Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man
    Graywolf Press
  • Lauren Groff, Florida
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
  • Brandon Hobson, Where the Dead Sit Talking
    Soho Press
  • Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers
    Viking Books / Penguin Random House
  • Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House






Finalists for Nonfiction:

Source: Amazon.




Finalists for Poetry:

Source: Amazon.


  • Rae Armantrout, Wobble
    Wesleyan University Press
  • Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
    Penguin Books / Penguin Random House
  • Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of
    Omnidawn Publishing
  • Justin Phillip Reed, Indecency
    Coffee House Press
  • Jenny Xie, Eye Level
    Graywolf Press





Finalists for Translated Literature:

Source: Archipelago Books.

  • Négar Djavadi, Disoriental
    Translated by Tina Kover
    Europa Editions
  • Hanne Ørstavik, Love
    Translated by Martin Aitken
    Archipelago Books
  • Domenico Starnone, Trick
    Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Europa Editions
  • Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
    Translated by Margaret Mitsutani
    New Directions Publishing
  • Olga Tokarczuk, Flights
    Translated by Jennifer Croft
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House



Finalists for Young People’s Literature:

Source: Amazon.

  • Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers
  • M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
    Candlewick Press
  • Leslie Connor, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
    Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers
  • Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie
    Scholastic Press / Scholastic, Inc.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo
    Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.




Geography Awareness Week: November 11-17

November 11-17 is Geography Awareness Week. To celebrate, the Department of Geography and the Environment will be hosting a series of events on campus. Check out the full schedule below! Looking for more geography resources? Contact Merrill Stein, Librarian for Geography and the Environment, Room 221 (Learning Commons), 610-519-4272. Email:

New at Falvey: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 13, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News


Welcome to the New Resource Roundup, a series dedicated to highlighting Falvey’s new databases and acquisitions that help make you an excellent researcher, student, and citizen!

By Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement

The Library now subscribes to selected subjects of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia (ORE). ORE offers peer-reviewed introductions to foundational and trending topics written by well-regarded authorities. With this new product Oxford University Press is moving towards a new publication model that is exclusively digital in nature, curated by an editorial board, regularly updated, and continuously growing. ORE offers currently over 20 subjects on the same platform, thus facilitating interdisciplinary discovery. More subjects and subfields will be added over time.

Scholars new to a topic will benefit from the well written articles, which offer up-to-date introductions and overviews, guidance on print, digital, and archival primary sources, and bibliographies of the secondary literature. Articles feature tables of contents and links to the Library’s holdings and interlibrary loan form from the bibliography. Each article has its own DOI (digital object identifier), suggested citations in APA, Chicago, and MLA styles as well as export options to various reference managers. Articles can be downloaded as pdf files or saved to a personal account.

Presently the Library subscribes to four subjects: American History, Latin American History, Religion, and the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

ORE of American History currently encompasses over 250 articles but aims to cover a much wider sweep of American history. Read the introduction by its editor in chief John Butler for more detail. Recently added to ORE of American History was Bart Elmore’s article on “Regulating America’s Natural Environment,” which covers the topic up to the current administration.

Elmore, Bart. 2018 “Regulating America’s Natural Environment.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. 3 Nov. 2018. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.001.0001/acrefore-9780199329175-e-530.

ORE of Latin American History consists of over 300 articles and is expected to cover the history of all Latin American peoples from prehistory to today eventually. It includes an introductory course syllabus for Latin American history which features a wide variety of audiovisual resources. William H. Beezley, editor in chief, introduces the scope and goals of ORE of Latin American History here. Celeste González de Bustamante’s and Verónica Reyes-Escudero’s article on “Digital Resources: The Documented Border” is a great example of the possibilities offered by a digital publication platform.

González de Bustamante, Celeste, and Verónica Reyes-Escudero. 2018 “Digital Resources: The Documented Border.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. 3 Nov. 2018. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.001.0001/acrefore-9780199366439-e-298.

ORE of Religion seeks to comprehensively cover all the world’s religions and related topics. It currently features close to 400 articles. Read the introduction by John Barton, editor in chief, to learn more. Recently added articles include Michael H. Fisher’s article on “Islam in Mughal India.”

Fisher, Michael H. 2018 “Islam in Mughal India.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. 3 Nov. 2018. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.001.0001/acrefore-9780199340378-e-648.

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (5th ed.) is the first edition that is exclusively published in electronic format. Articles in the fifth edition are considerably longer as those in the previous editions with the constraints of print publications gone. The Dictionary now includes timely updates and links to digital resources. For more information read the introduction by Tim Whitmarsh, editor in chief of the Dictionary.

Among the subjects currently under development are African History and Asian History. Already published articles in these subject areas are currently freely available.

ORE of African History’s scope is the history of the entire continent from prehistoric times to today. Over 100 articles have been published so far. Thomas Spear, editor in chief, introduces the project here. A great example of new directions in African history is Robert Gordon and Jonatan Kurzwelly’s article about “Photographs as Sources in African History.”

Gordon, Robert, and Jonatan Kurzwelly. 2018 “Photographs as Sources in African History.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. 3 Nov. 2018. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.001.0001/acrefore-9780190277734-e-250.

ORE of Asian History will eventually cover the entire sweep of Asian history. Presently it features barely 100 articles. However, among them are two timely essays: David Brophy’s article on the Uyghurs and Jacques Leider’s article on the Rohingya. For more information read the introduction by David Ludden, editor in chief.

Brophy, David. 2018 “The Uyghurs: Making a Nation.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. 3 Nov. 2018. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190277727.001.0001/acrefore-9780190277727-e-318.

Leider, Jacques. 2018 “Rohingya: The History of a Muslim Identity in Myanmar.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. 3 Nov. 2018.

Let us know if you agree with us that ORE is a great new addition to the Falvey collections and if you would like to see other subjects added in the future.

I fell in love with “She Loves Me”

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 12, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

By Daniella Snyder

When I interviewed a few cast members of Villanova’s production of She Loves Me last week, I was told I’d have a good time, that the show was larger than life, that the music was one showstopper after the next.

Obviously, all of those things were true.

However, the cast members forgot to mention the meticulous research that went into the costumes and props, the hours spent learning choreography, and the immense depth of each character.

I didn’t expect to have such a profound connection to this musical. I think three-time Barrymore Award winning director Matt Decker explains this experience best:

“At the core of this story is two people who don’t become their authentic selves until they find someone they can be authentic with, that they feel safe enough to be truthful with. It’s really hard to be vulnerable, genuine with another person, so I’m really moved by their journey, for them to say, ‘This is who I am. Will you love me anyway?’ We’re constantly asking, what am I willing to share? How vulnerable am I willing to be? Am I my best self? Am I evolving? I love that this play demands that these characters go through that. And I think I like watching stuff like that because it makes me think about my own life.”

Decker’s right; She Loves Me made me think about my own life.

In She Loves Me, the main characters correspond through letters after connecting via a “Lonely Hearts” advertisement in the local newspaper. Despite “Lonely Hearts,” the letter writing, and the 1930s era costumes, the entire show felt surprisingly contemporary. In her essay, dramaturg Magdalena Schutzler made similarities between “Lonely Hearts” and modern dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Match.

While I was watching the show, I couldn’t help but think of one of my guiltiest pleasures, The Bachelor. I thought about the timelessness of searching for love, and the ridiculous lengths we will go to find it.

When I tune in to watch The Bachelor, I constantly wonder how women could compete against each other for the love of a man they met eight weeks prior. I often laugh while I watch, recognizing the absurdity of it all. Like any musical, it feels a little over the top, a little over emotional, and a little unbelievable.

However, I know that in watching a show like The Bachelor (and She Loves Me), the story doesn’t always end happily for everyone. There’s always heartbreak, and it always feels real, probably because I– like many others– know firsthand how incredibly terrible heartbreak is.

But, by the end of the season (similarly to when I watched She Loves Me), I am completely invested in the characters, and I so desperately seek for love to win. I want to see other people happy. I want to see them find true love.

I want that because it reminds me that true love is real. I want that because it reminds me that despite all rejection, and fear, and utter heartbreak, love is still possible. I want that because it gives me hope that someday I’ll find true love myself. 

More often than not, a romantic comedy does not offer the opportunity to critically consider the intricacies and complexities of love.

She Loves Me not only offers the opportunity to consider the complexities of love, it demands it.

Peek at the Week: November 12th – 17th

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: November 11, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Week in the Library

Monday, 11/12

CASA Restorative Conference, Room 206, 11:00a – 1:30p

Now Far From Home: Exhibit Launch and the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice Ending the Great War, Speakers’ Corner, 12:00p – 1:30p

GlobalSmackDown Series, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00p – 2:23p

Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 3:00p – 4:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Garden Research Networking, Room 205, 4:00p – 5:30p

Tuesday, 11/13

MS Intune and Feature Updates, Room 205, 9:00p – 5:00p

Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 11:30a – 2:30p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Tom Sexton Book Talk, Speakers’ Corner, 7:00p – 9:00p

Biology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p

Wednesday, 11/14 

Faculty Research Presentation by Dr. Megan Quigley, Room 205, 12:00p – 1:30p

Welcome for Falvey Staff, Idea Accelerator, 1:00p – 2:30p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Thursday, 11/15

Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 3:00p – 4:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Anatomy and Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00 – 9:00p

Friday, 11/16

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p – 4:30p

Unitas Weekend Planning, Room 206, 2:45p – 3:45p

Saturday, 11/17

VIEW Program, 9:00a – 3:00p


A Peek Back in History

On this day in 1815 Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born. Her extraordinary life was spent as a suffragist, abolitionist, social activist, and a leading figure of the early women’s rights movement. Falvey Memorial Library has numerous items in its collection that relate directly to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s life as well as her impact on women’s suffrage and the Women’s Movement. If you would like to know more, click any of the images below and it will take you to that item in our collection.


Foto Friday: Whiteboard Art

“You did not wake up today to be mediocre.”

A little motivation on Falvey’s first floor. Thanks to the Wildcat who penned this inspirational calligraphy.

The Curious ‘Cat: Stress Busters

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What do you do to help relieve stress?” 

(Shannon Merget, Chelsea Beggs)

Shannon Merget: “I call my mom.”

Chelsea Beggs: “Ice cream.”

Karlee Grudi: “I talk to my family…I also enjoy running and singing.”

Aaron Sykes: “I sleep.”

(Ximena Jordan, Lauren Winkler, Kamakshi Ranjan)

Ximena Jordan: “I listen to music.”

Lauren Winkler: “Running.”

Kamakshi Ranjan: “I like to draw.”


In Anticipation of “She Loves Me”

This week, a palpable energy pours through Vasey Hall. Fresh paint hits my nose when I enter through its doors, I’m forced to step over and around props like beds, tables, and teapots, and laughter coming from the green room (the lounge where the theatre students spend their free time) echoes down the hallway.

It’s tech week at Villanova, the Golden Age musical She Loves Me opens tonight (trailer above).

She Loves Me is an adaptation of the 1937 play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László. In an elegant Budapest parfumerie, two combative clerks, Amalia and Georg, are constantly butting heads on the job. After both respond to a “lonely hearts” advertisement in the newspaper, these unwitting pen pals become the most unlikely of lovebirds.

While the energy during tech week is typically an amalgamation of opening night jitters, nervousness, and excitement to perform, the liveliness that exudes from this cast directly results from their profound affection for this story.

“This show is just so charming,” Tina Lynch (Ilona Ritter) says. “[She Loves Me] draws people into this world, and it’s a world people want to be a part of.”

Ethan Mitchell, who plays leading man Georg Nowack, describes She Loves Me as “a fairy tale in a sense,” a show that features larger than life characters.

Even though the show is lighthearted and warm, the story has an immense depth to it. “This show takes universal human feelings like love, fear of rejection, and the desire to be accepted, and finds musical themes that convey those emotions exactly, sometimes better than how we could in words,” Mitchell explains.

Lynch agrees. “I think it is a beautiful display of humanity and our need for companionship through loving relationships, friendship and family.”

When I sat down with Lynch to talk about She Loves Me, her enthusiasm for the show was undeniable.

When asked about her character Ilona, Lynch predicts that audience members will see a little bit of themselves in her. “She wants a man who will treat her right, how she deserves to be treated. Eventually, she figures out how she can be her own woman.”

“It’s something that people can relate to. With Ilona, I get to explore a side of me that personally overcame with she’s struggling with in the show,” Lynch continues.

For Mitchell, he finds his character Georg to be more difficult to play than previous roles.

Mitchell remarks, “He’s insecure, but has to put on an air of confidence. He’s very lovable, and also quite phrenetic and anxious. It’s like this mix of quirky, phrenetic, anxious, and romantic.”

Both Lynch and Mitchell spoke highly of the outside director, Matthew Decker, and the incredible work he has done with Villanova, and look forward to hopefully working with Decker in the future.

When I ask Lynch what we should expect from She Loves Me, she smiles. “Expect to have a good time. You’ll fall in love with these characters, you’ll be taken on so many journeys.” She pauses. “After the show ends, you’ll be thinking about where these people are headed next…like there’s more to come for them.”

Buy your tickets here. 


Showtimes for She Loves Me:

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8pm (Opening Night)

Thursday, Nov. 8, 8pm

Friday, Nov. 9, 8pm

Saturday, Nov. 10, 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2pm

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8pm

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8pm

Thursday, Nov. 15, 8pm

Friday, Nov. 16, 8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17, 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2pm (Closing)

This Week’s Recommended Reading

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 7, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Memorial Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how Falvey can play a large role in your success here on campus!


In the wake of the eleven lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue as the result of a hate crime, emotions are high. For most people, the emotions are hard to understand, and even harder to place. Feelings range from utter grief, to anger, to hopelessness. Some people are motivated by tragedy, feeling the need to do something in order to find relief. Others may feel lost, questioning what can be done following moments of true tragedy. How do we make this better? When will it all stop?

At the Falvey Memorial Library, we understand knowledge to be imperative to igniting long-term and impactful change in our nation, and in our world. We encourage you to take the time to mourn, to grieve, as well as to read and to learn. This week, educate yourself and others.


Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Jonathan Sacks

Source: Amazon.

“Jonathan Sacks turns his prodigious intellect to deconstructing the mechanisms of religious violence.

This well-researched tome spans human life, from the birth of human communities and discussions of the mechanics of social cohesion, to contemporary issues of terrorism and the healing work of recent popes.

Weaving in the anthropological contributions of monotheism against the fractious lethality of dualism, Sacks dissects our civilization in crisis through the prism of anti-Semitism.

Sacks displays his wide learning and empathy in service of an ambitious, ingenious worldview. We’d all be wise to listen.” — Publisher’s Weekly




(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump by Jonathan Weisman

Source: Amazon.

“With eloquence and poignancy Weisman shows how hatred can slowly and quietly chew away at the moral fabric of society. We now live in an age where more than ever bigotry and oppression no longer need to hide in fear of reproach. The floodgates have opened.

This is much more than a personal response to the bigotry he experienced because of his Jewishness; Weisman has written a manifesto that outlines the dangers of marginalizing and demonizing all minority groups.

This powerful book is for all of us.” — Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University


The Stalin Digital Archive

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 6, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

The Highlighter is your run down on the best resources Falvey Library has to offer.

Stalin Digital Archive: Unprecedented Access to Archival Documents from the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI)

By: Jutta Seibert

This treasure trove of historical documents is the result of years of cooperation between Yale University Press and RGASPI. The Digital Archive presents documents written by Stalin between 1889 and 1952, Stalin’s correspondence from 1917 to 1952, more than 300 books from Stalin’s personal library with his marginalia, biographical materials, and digital copies of all the volumes of the Annals of Communism series published by Yale University Press. A user guide introduces the reader to the organization of the Digital Archive and its interface.

Scholars new to the archive and students unfamiliar with this historical period are encouraged to explore the Editor Projects first. Available projects cover popular topics such as the Great Terror and Stalin’s nationalities policies. Many of the projects are works in progress. The introductory essays to each project were contributed by subject experts. Projects can include links to documents that are not part of RGASPI. Transcriptions and/or translations of these documents are available, but no digital surrogates of the original document.

The detailed user guide notwithstanding, the complexity and multilingual content of the archive require patience and skill. Personal and place names have been transliterated to improve search capabilities. Adopted transliteration rules, which are clearly outlined in the About section, are a mix of common English usage and Library of Congress rules. Experts may prefer to switch to the Cyrillic keyboard, which is integrated into the search interface, as most of the documents are in Russian. The translations of over 400 documents taken from the Annals of Communism series can be searched in English language. Also incorporated into the digital archive are transcriptions of close to 2,000 historical documents. The number of translated and transcribed documents is expected to increase over time.

It is far too easy to miss the translated document link. The Archive presents a digital surrogate of the document next to a re-keyed text version (see image below). Both panels have a link to additional options represented by three dots, but only the link above the re-keyed text versions allows the reader to toggle between transcription and translation of the text, if a translation is available.

Scholars are encouraged to create personalized workspaces, compare documents, save searches and documents, and annotate and tag documents in their personal library. The registration link for a personal account is conveniently located in the database menu.

Did you know that the Library also has the Yale University Press Annals of Communism series in its print collection and as part of its JSTOR collection?

If you like the Stalin Digital Archive, then you may also be interested in the following Falvey resources:

  • The Current Digest of the Soviet Press (East View Press)
    Presents selections from Russian-language news outlets, translated into English going back to 1949. Published by Eastview Information Services. For example, Dmitry Volkogonov’s review of the first Soviet biography of Stalin published in the Literaturnaya Gazeta: “The Stalin Phenomenon,” Current Digest of the Russian Press, January 13, 1988.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1974- 1996 (Readex)
    Features full-text translations of foreign radio and television broadcasts as well as selected foreign news articles and government statements selected by the C.I.A. for distribution to U.S. policymakers and security analysts. Includes translations from Soviet news outlets such as TASS, Izvestiya, and Pravda.

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