Discussion Groups

Discussion groups at The Mercantile Library focus on a wide variety of subjects, and are led by Library members. Groups typically meet in the 12th Story Lecture Hall. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.
To register for ANY of the sessions listed below, email HERE OR call 513-621-0717.

OHIO: The Heart of it All

A Buckeye State discussion series, led by Brendon Cull
Thursdays noon to 1 pm

Individual sessions $10 members/$15 non members

To register: Call 513-621-0717 OR email reservations@mercantilelibrary.com

December 7: Pete Rose: An American Dilemma Kostya Kennedy
A biography of the greatest hitter of all time, the controversial Pete Rose.

First Wednesday Book Discussions

visit HERE

Reservations required: 513.621.0717 or email: reservations@mercantilelibrary.com


Thursdays 6 – 7:30 pm

January 18, February 15, March 15, April 12

In its 13th season, Literary Journeys is our discussion series with an international theme, led by Anthony Covatta. Covatta taught English at Columbia University and Skidmore College. He has focused his interest in the literature of foreign countries ever since he started practicing law in Cincinnati in 1979. He is an attorney at Frost Brown Todd.
January 18: Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
February 15: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
March 15: The Breaking of a Wave by Fabio Genovesi
April 12: Heaven and Hell by Jan Kallman Stefansson
Series price $30 members/$40 non members
Individual sessions $10 members/$15 non members


Year One: Wednesdays 6 – 7:30 pm

February 21, April 25, June 20, August 22, October 24, December 12

President of the United States is arguably the most powerful and difficult position in the world. This new multi-year series examines one-by-one, in order, the individuals who have occupied the office since 1789. In doing so, participants will learn about each President and the power of the Presidency. Year One, led by Brendon Cull, begins with George Washington and ends with John Quincy Adams. Come to one or more, or challenge yourself to join us for all as we work our way through American History over the next several years.
February 21: His Excellency: George Washington, by Joseph Ellis
April 25: John Adams, by David McCullough
June 20: Thomas Jefferson, by Jon Meacham
August 22: The Three Lives of James Madison, by Noah Feldman
October 24: The Last Founding Father, by Harlow Giles Unger
December 12: John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, by James Traub
Mercantile Library Board member Brendon Cull is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. He lives in Clifton with his wife and two daughters.
Series subscription: $55 members/$65 non members
Individual sessions: $10 members/$15 non members


Find more on the 2017-18 Season HERE

One of the Library’s longest-running discussion groups—the Canon Club—recently accomplished the laudable task of reading Shakespeare’s complete dramatic works. Joining each discussion are members of The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.


The Walnut Street Poetry Society was founded in 2004 and is devoted to the reading and study of poetry. For more, visit HERE.