The Niehoff Lecture

Niehoff XXX: Zadie Smith

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. The Niehoff Lecture, (the Library’s only annual fundraiser), is presented to an audience of 400 or more at a black-tie dinner in autumn. The Niehoff Lectures raise funds for the Library’s operations as a collecting institution and literary center.

The Niehoff XXX Lecturer was Zadie Smith, the multi-award-winning author of Swing Time, NWWhite Teeth and On Beauty.

Saturday, November 4, 2017







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,   XXVIII David Brooks XXIX Doris Kearns Goodwin XXX Zadie Smith