Literary Festival

The 16th Annual Villanova Literary Festival will feature the following writers.

All readings are free and are followed by a reception and book signing.


David Gilbert, fiction writer

Thursday, Jan. 30, Falvey Speaker's Corner (7 pm)

David Gilbert's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, and Bomb. He lives in New York with his wife and three children. Booklist calls & Sons "a delectably mordant and incisive tragicomedy of fathers, sons, and brothers, privilege and betrayal, celebrity and obscurity" that "ingeniously maps the interface between truth and fiction, life and art."

Eamonn Wall, poet

Thursday, March 13, President's Lounge, Connelly Center (7 pm)

Eamonn Wall has published six collections of poetry. Individual poems have been published in The Shop, Poetry Ireland Review, and Nebraska Review, among others. A native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland, Wall has lived in the US since 1982. He teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Frank Bidart, poet

Thursday, March 20, Connelly Cinema (7 pm)

Frank Bidart has published eight volumes on his own. His most recent work, Metaphysical Dog, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received numerous awards, including the Shelley Memorial Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Frost Award from Poetry Society of America. A Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, Bidart lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches at Wellesley College.

Jaimy Gordon, fiction writer

Thursday, April 10, Connelly Cinema  (7 pm)

Jaimy Gordon is the author of six books, most recently the National Book Award-winning Lord of Misrule, set in the world of small-time West Virginia horse racing. The novel was also a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, won the Dr. Tony Ryan Award for the year's best book about horse racing, and was longlisted for the coveted Orange Prize for fiction. Her short fiction, poems, essays, and translations have appeared in the Colorado Review, Missouri Review, Ploughshares, and other journals. Gordon lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and teaches in the MFA program at Western Michigan University.

Adelle Waldman, fiction writer

Thursday, April  24, Falvey Speaker's Corner (7 pm)

Adelle Waldman's writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Village Voice and other publications. She worked as a reporter for the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and wrote a column for the website of the Wall Street Journal before returning to fiction. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is her first novel. The Boston Globe's Clea Simon writes that "Adelle Waldman may be this generation's Jane Austen as she skewers the mating mores of today's aristocrats, the young literary elite of Brooklyn, NY, in her funny and at times painfully acute debut novel."