Wednesdays at noon.  December 6.

2018: January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2

This popular and long-running lunchtime series features different moderators and books, often titles of current and popular interest.

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


December 6: The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott

Discussion Leader: Kamal Southall

Larry Zagorski, a science fiction writer turned U.S. fighter pilot, searches for connections between what seem like disparate events while conspiracy theories begin to suggest the possibility of a single force behind them in this novel that mixes real-life figures with fictional characters as it moves briskly from WWII spy intrigue (featuring Ian Fleming) and occultism to the West Coast pulp science-fiction set and the 1980s U.K. new wave music scene.

Kamal Southall is a Cincinnati area IT professional, he enjoys old books, late-night coffeehouses, and travel.


January 3: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Discussion Leader: Jong Park

February 7: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Discussion Leader: Joe Heyd

March 7: His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme MaCrae Burnet

Discussion Leader: Linda Law

April 4: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Discussion Leader: Mary Curran Hackett
May 2: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Discussion Leader: Hillary Copsey

2017 Mercantile Library Discussion groups are sponsored by The Camden Foundation