VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University will host its 16th Annual Literary Festival beginning on January 30. Throughout the spring semester, prominent authors and poets will present lectures and readings to the Villanova community. Students will have the opportunity to meet the authors and discuss their works, after having read them as part of their English coursework. All events start at 7 p.m., are free and open to the public. Each presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The following is a full schedule of events:
David Gilbert, fiction writer
Thursday, Jan. 30, Falvey Speaker's Corner
David Gilbert's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's and GQ magazines. 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
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 United States since 1982. He teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Frank Bidart, poet
Thursday, March 20, Connelly Cinema
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
Jaimy Gordon is the author of six books, most recently the National Book Award-winning Lord of Misrule, set in the world of small-town 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 long listed 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
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 writing. 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."
The Literary Festival is co-sponsored by Villanova’s departments of Irish Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Africana Studies and Modern Language and Literature, as well as the Falvey Library, The Honors Program, and the Villanova Writing Center.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.