Monthly Archives: October 2013

Copley Library Literary Events


October 1st kicked off a trio of exciting book events at Copley Library with a reading and signing by USD student and published author Shannon Wheeler.  Her book Sea Change was characterized by the Kirkus Review of books as “A weird, operatic coming of-age fantasy streaked with sexuality, pain and heroism.” Her accomplishment was celebrated in the library by the University’s English Department in the Mother Hill Reading Room.

October 2nd brought the Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks to campus for a reading and discussion of her book Caleb’s Crossing, the 2013 selection for One Book, One San Diego.  In partnership with KPBS, Copley Library, and the University of San Diego, a packed house at the Warren Auditorium was able to ask questions and have their books signed by this prolific author of numerous novels with painstakingly researched historical details.

October 24th will see Copley Library joining with the Center for Educational Excellence and the Ethnic Studies Department to present a lecture by Dr. Devon Peña from the University of Washington.  The lecture will coincide with the reading of The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson, Alcala Park Readers pick for USD Just Read.  This book recounts the story of early germ theory and the ravages of cholera on post-industrialist England.  For information regarding events or to pick up a copy of the book, drop by Copley Library or the Center for Educational Excellence.


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Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Come check out our display that showcases Copley Library’s grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA):  Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Copley Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive this grant. The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The display will rotate over the course of the next month covering the following topics:

In addition, there will be a screening of the film, “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World,” on Monday, October 28th at 6pm in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater. This event is free and open to the public. 

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