Mercantile Library Announces 2017 Winter Program Schedule

By, Jackie Reau, Publisher/Editor

I visited the Mercantile Library this week for a meeting and left as a new member. Inspired by my personal goal of reading one book per week in 2017, I thought this new membership would be a good resource to help me fulfill my goal. I am sure it will after reading about the upcoming winter programming.

If you haven’t paid a visit to the Mercantile Library on Walnut at Fourth Street, downtown, it’s worth a visit. The library on the 11th floor is a quaint yet inspiring space to read or just dream. The Mercantile, founded in 1835, is a handful of membership libraries in America so membership matters to this gem of an institution in our city.

Below are the newly-released programs for the 2017 winter season featuring a dozen events plus book and poetry discussion groups. Happy reading!

2017 Winter Programs

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. program
An Evening with David R Coggins, author of Men and Style. Includes a whiskey tasting. Presented in partnership with Article Menswear. $20 members/$25 non-members

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. program
An Evening with Tracy Chevalier: At the Edge of the Orchard paperback release. Acclaimed author of Girl with a Pearl Earring reads from her latest novel, set in Ohio. Ms. Chevalier will be available for book sales and signing after the talk. Free and Open to the Public

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
7 p.m.
Scenes in the Stacks: A Two-Part Film Discussion Series featuring movies set in libraries. Screening and then discussing the 1980s classic, The Breakfast Club. Free to members/$10 non-members

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. program
The Underground Railroad
Dhani Jones and Polk Laffoon discuss National Book Award winner The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. $5 members/$10 non-members

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
7 p.m. 
Opera Rap: Going the Extra Mile with Fred Plotkin. Presented in partnership with Cincinnati Opera. To register or for more information, visit www.cincinnatiopera.org/community/opera-raps/ or call 513-241-2742 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. program
In Conversation with Cincinnati Magazine:  A 50th Anniversary Talk Series
Brian Alexander debuts his book, Glass House. $10 members/$15 non-members

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
7 p.m. 
Opera Rap: Women and Opera with Emma Griffin. Presented in partnership with Cincinnati Opera. To register or for more information, visit www.cincinnatiopera.org/community/opera-raps/ or call 513-241-2742 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
6 p.m. 
In Conversation with Cincinnati Magazine: A 50th Anniversary Talk Series: The Future of Food, Wine, and Restaurants. $15 members/$20 non-members

FRIDAY, MARCH 3
7 p.m. 
Scenes in the Stacks: A Two-Part Film Discussion Series featuring movies set in libraries. Desk Set with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Free to members/$10 non-members

THURSDAY, MARCH 9
6 p.m. 
Francis Trollope’s Birthday Party. Join the party for cake and the unveiling of new artwork on the Eve of Fanny’s 238th birthday. Free to members.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. & 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Sessions for Young Readers and Writers
Chris Tebbetts, Ohio native and The New York Times best-selling author (with James Patterson) of the popular MIDDLE SCHOOL series, joins us for two sessions, one geared for 8 to 12 year olds, and one for aspiring teen writers. Each session $10 members/$15 non-members

THURSDAY, MARCH 23
6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. program
The MODERN NOVEL Lecture: Nathan Hill, author of The Nix. Free to members/$10 non-members

First Wednesday Book Discussions
Wednesdays at noon in the 12th Story Lecture Hall (February 1 & March 1)
This popular and long-running lunchtime series features different moderators and books, often titles of current and popular interest. For more information about the books and discussion leaders, visit the First Wednesday section on our website (under Literary Programs/discussion groups). 

Open to Mercantile members and their guests only
Box lunches ($10) are available by advance payment
Reservations required: 513-621-0717 or reservations@mercantilelibrary.com

February 1: Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
Discussion Leader: Hillary Copsey

March 1: American Salvage, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Discussion Leader: Robert Braggs III

THE WALNUT STREET POETRY SOCIETY
2017 Poetry and Politics
Wednesdays (February 8, March 8)

The Walnut Street Poetry Society was founded in 2004 and is devoted to the reading and study of poetry. WSPS meets monthly from noon to 1 p.m., on the second Wednesday of the month (except July and August). Sessions are moderated by Dr. Norman Finkelstein, poet and professor of English at Xavier University, as well as group members. Sold as annual subscription only: $30 members/$40 nonmembers (Now taking reservations for the 2017 season. Email: reservations@mercantilelibrary.com)

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