Local library announces upcoming schedule

February 2, 2018 by  

The Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati recently revealed its schedule for 2018.

Appearing soon is Brit Bennett, author of ‘The Mothers’, which was her highly-praised debut novel. Bennett will appear next Tuesday, February 6.

On March 14, singer-songwriter Steve Earle will appear as a guest of the Mercantile’s ‘Words and Music’ program. Earle will be singing, but he will also talk about his books, which include the novel ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’. Earle has been nominated for a Grammy 16 times, and won three.

On April 19, in the ‘1835 Lecture’ (named for the date of the institution’s founding), Susan Orlean is the guest speaker. She wrote ‘Orchid Thief’, which is a best-seller. On May 10, the ‘Hearth & Home Lecture’ features food writer and journalist Melissa Clark, before Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead speaks on June 13.

There is one event per month for the rest of the year, winding up with a discussion between Curtis Sittenfeld and literary giant Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Complete information is available on the Mercantile’s website.

The library which dates back to 1835, has several thousand members, and in addition to its collection of books, offers lectures and special events.

Guest appearances like these can be made more enjoyable if organizers create flyers with biographical and career information about the speakers, and distribute them to attendees.