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Jose Antonio Vargas snaps a photo with Luciana MacNamara, a Staff Psychologist at the University Counseling Center.

Jose Antonio Vargas snaps a photo with Luciana MacNamara, a Staff Psychologist at the University Counseling Center.

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2022 One Book Villanova talk and book signing with Jose Antonio Vargas on Wednesday, Sept. 28. If you were unable to attend, please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 1-2:15 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner for an interactive luncheon discussion on this year’s One Book Villanova selection, Vargas’ Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.

Copies of the memoir are available at Falvey Memorial Library.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.





TBT: Wes Moore

This week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) is a whiteboard drawing of author Wes Moore. Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing, crafted the artwork to celebrate Moore’s arrival to Villanova’s campus on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Author of the 2014 Villanova One Book selection, The Other Wes Moore, Moore has been the focus of current events as he is the Democratic nominee for governor in the 2022 Maryland gubernatorial election. Moore’s most recent book, Five Days, co-authored with Erica Green, “which tells the story of Baltimore in the days that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.”

Dig deeper and explore Moore’s books below:

Villanova’s One Book committee has announced that Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas has been selected as the campus book for the 2022-23 academic year.

In Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Vargas shares the personal account of his life as an undocumented immigrant living in America. Vargas was born in the Philippines and at the age of 12 was sent to the United States illegally by his mother—a fact which he didn’t discover until he went to apply for a driver’s permit and learned his papers were fake. In the years since, Vargas has struggled with his identity, has had a sense of homelessness, and has been frustrated with the fact that there is no clear way to achieve citizenship. Through his work as a reporter and writer, he has been a champion for the human rights of all immigrants.

Villanova University will welcome Vargas to campus to speak on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center, as a part of our annual One Book Villanova Lecture during the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration. A book signing and light refreshments will follow the talk. Please note that you don’t have to have read Dear America to attend the book talk! There will be a limited number of copies available at the event.

Following the author’s visit on September 28, the One Book Committee will continue to focus on the themes and topics presented by Vargas in Dear America by working with campus departments and groups to sponsor topical events so the community can continue the conversation. Be sure to check Campus Currents and Wildcat Newswire for further updates.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.





The Curious ‘Cat: Audie Awards

For the past 25 years, the Audio Publishers Association has honored outstanding achievement in audio publishing. Celebrating the 2020 Audie Awards, which were held in Manhattan on Monday, March 2, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library Staff…

“What audiobook do you recommend for spring break?” 


Photo of Rob LeBlanc. Rob LeBlanc, First-Year Experience Librarian and Humanities Librarian: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, narrated by Allan Corduner. 






Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and Pablo Schreiber. 

Beaurdy Rae Allen, Preservation/Digital Archivist: Bad Blood—Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, narrated by Will Damron. 


Shawn Proctor Head shot. Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden, narrated by Renee Dorian. 






Roberta Pierce, Access and Collections Coordinator: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, narrated by Linda Stephens. 

Leigh Dawson, temporary Access Services employee: Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier, narrated by Will Patton.


Photo of Kallie Stahl.

Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist: The Testaments — The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, and Margaret Atwood. 





See the full list of 2020 Audie Award winners here! Be sure to check out the 2020-2021 Villanova University One Book selection, Educated by Tara Westover, 2019 Audie Award winner for best autobiography/memoir and best female narrator (Julia Whelan).

Kallie Stahl head shot. Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.




2019 One Book Villanova Author’s Visit and Book Signing: Thursday, September 19!

Villanova University proudly welcomes Martin Ganda ’07, author of the book I Will Always Write Back to campus on Thursday, Sept. 19. Ganda’s book was chosen as the University’s One Book Villanova for the 2019-2020 academic year. The goal of the One Book Villanova program is to find a common subject that will unite us in good conversation about a culturally rich topic from which we draw great insight.

As part of his visit to campus, Ganda will be available for a book signing from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library. Please be sure to bring your copy of the book and meet the author! Ganda will deliver the One Book Lecture as part of the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.

We will have a limited number of FREE books available for students on a first-come, first-serve basis at the book signing on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. at Falvey Library. Additional copies of the book will be available to borrow from Falvey Library with a valid Wildcard.

Visit the One Book page for the complete schedule of events during Ganda’s visit to campus.



#TBT: One Book for Nova Nation


In honor of the 15th anniversary of the One Book Villanova Program, we want to transport you all the way back to 2010 when Falvey celebrated the featured book selection that year, Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji. Our cultural window display designer, Joanne Quinn, mounted a vibrant scene in the cases outside of Holy Grounds in hopes that it would help inspire students to read the book.

In case you missed it, the 2019-2020 One Book Villanova selection is I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda ’07 VSB, Caitlin Alifirenka, and Liz Welch. Martin will be visiting campus on Thursday, September 19 as part of the University’s annual St. Thomas of Villanova celebration. During his visit, he will participate in a book signing event in Falvey Library from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Afterwards, he will head over to the Connelly Center at 6:00 p.m. to deliver a keynote lecture. For more updates about the author’s visit and related One Book events, please visit the One Book Villanova website.

Also, please note that books for students will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Riley Ellipse outside of Dougherty Hall as well as the Connelly Center.

Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


Meet Wes Moore, 2014 "One Book Villanova" Author in the library today at 4:30

1398353001099The One Book Villanova Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year!  In honor of this landmark occasion, the One Book Villanova committee  proudly announced the 2014-2015 book selection: The Other Wes Moore by author Wes Moore. WESMOREThe book follows the lives of two young men who are about the same age, live in the same city and who also share the same name. Despite their many striking similarities, the young men’s lives take very different paths: one Wes grows up to be a scholar, war veteran, White House aide and prominent business leader while the other Wes becomes a convicted criminal serving a life sentence for allegedly committing murder. The Other Wes Moore leads the reader to contemplate how these two people turned out so differently despite some of their remarkably similar circumstances growing up in poverty-stricken Baltimore.

Throughout the past ten years, the Villanova One Book selections have varied greatly in topic and theme and have led readers through many diverse cultural settings and landscapes.
– Good Kings Bad Kings took us to Chicago and showed us the harsh realities of institutional life for adolescents with disabilities.
– Little Princes
exposed the human trafficking issues that orphaned children face in Nepal.
– Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
described for us what the Japanese Internment camps were like for families during WWII.
– The Unforgiving Minute placed us in the shoes of a West Point educated soldier as he led his platoon through the savagery and uncertainty of combat in Afghanistan.
– Rooftops of Tehran described life in Iran under its oppressive regime.
– In The Glass Castle, we learned what it was like for the author to grow up homeless with highly dysfunctional parents.
– Left to Tell poignantly described one woman’s experience surviving the Rwandan genocide.
– In Blood Done Sign My Name, we witnessed the civil rights struggle in the American south.
– In The Kite Runner, our very first One Book selection in 2004-2005, we traveled to both Afghanistan and America and experienced the harsh Taliban takeover of the country and felt the hardships of immigration.
Each of these book selections has helped to strengthen the ties of the Villanova Community and has also forced us to confront the sometimes harsh realities of human nature. The One Book Villanova Committee hopes to continue this tradition with the tenth anniversary One Book Villanova selection, The Other Wes Moore.

ONE-BOOKSAll rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors received a copy of the 2014-2015 One Book Villanova selection in early May, and all incoming freshmen were mailed a copy of the book over the summer. In addition, the One Book Villanova Committee decided to change the format and timing of the program. The author’s visit will occur on Thursday, September 25, as part of the St. Thomas of Villanova weekend festivities. The entire Villanova Community is encouraged the read The Other Wes Moore in preparation for the author’s visit on September 25! Those students, staff and faculty who were not able to pick up a copy of the book in early May should visit the Office of Student Development (Room 214/217 Dougherty Hall), the Office for Multicultural Affairs (Room 102 Dougherty Hall), or Falvey Memorial Library anytime during normal business hours to receive a book. For students, the book is free of charge and for faculty and staff the cost is $6 per book.

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

The One Book Committee is also in the midst of planning a series of topical programs throughout the academic year in support of the 2014-2015 book selection and to promote the tenth anniversary of the program.

More information about the author’s visit and One Book Villanova tenth anniversary programming can be found on the One Book website.

News From Falvey Winter 2008 - Gina McFaddenArticle by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication and Service Promotion team and library events and program coordinator for the Scholarly Outreach team.


One Book Author Signs in New Speakers’ Corner

With the recent opening of the second floor Learning Commons, the Library is pleased to announce a new event space on the first floor.  This space, the newly cleared back corner of the first floor, has been christened Speakers’ Corner.

To inaugurate the new space, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet author Jamie Ford will sign books in Speakers’ Corner on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 1:00 p.m. The signing is part of Ford’s official One Book Villanova campus visit.

Ford’s visit also includes other events around campus. Click here for more details.



Last Modified: January 25, 2012

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