One Book Villanova is a campus-wide effort spanning the academic year that presents to the university a book worthy of close reading, discussion, course adoption, and the stimulation of dialog among all members of the campus community. The One Book Villanova Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students from across the University who make each year’s selection from a list of nominated books. The nomination form is open to all members of the University community – faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni - and can be found on the One Book Villanova program’s website.
The One Book Villanova program is unique as it is a community reading program, not simply a first-year student initiative. In addition to all full-time undergraduate students receiving free copies of the book, many University offices and academic departments – including Facilities Management, Dining Services, Student Life to name a few - purchase copies for their staff and faculty. Furthermore, local community book clubs have also joined in and have affiliated themselves with the program. The One Book Villanova has garnered a reputation among publishers as one of the premier college and university readings programs in the country. The One Book Villanova program would not be possible without the generous support of Mrs. Patricia Imbesi, a Villanova parent who believes in the power of one book to inspire a community.