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THROWBACK THURSDAY

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.


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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.


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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.


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