Niehoff Lectures

The Niehoff Lectures at the Mercantile Library were established in 1986 at the suggestion of library benefactors Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Buck Niehoff. Their desire to strengthen the Library’s role as Cincinnati’s premier forum for men and women of letters has been realized and is evidenced by our distinguished roster of Niehoff Lecturers.

I Jonathan Winters, II William F. Buckley, Jr., III George Plimpton, IV Tom Wolfe, V John Updike, VI Margaret Truman, VII David Halberstam, VIII Ray Bradbury, IX Elmore Leonard, X Pat Conroy, XI William Styron, XII Julia Child, XIII Robert Pinsky, XIV Joyce Carol Oates, XV Jonathan Winters, XVI Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., XVII Christopher Buckley, XVIII Salman Rushdie, XIX Annie Proulx, XX Calvin Trillin, XXI David Baldacci, XXII A.S. Byatt, XXIII Bill Bryson, XXIV Scott Turow, XXV Seamus Heaney, XXVI Robert A. Caro,  XXVII Ann Patchett


Niehoff Lecture XXVII with Ann Patchett
$175 for members; $200 for others. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

The Niehoff Lectures were inspired by Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow’s visit to the Mercantile in 1985. For the twenty-seventh installment of the series we’ve invited novelist and essayist Ann Patchett to speak. Ms Patchett has won numerous awards for her writing, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize.  Her novel Bel Canto was a Nation Book Critics Circle Award finalist.