A. S. Byatt coming to Cincinnati for the Mercantile Library’s 22nd Niehoff Lecture

Cincinnati’s longest running and most distinguished literary lecture series will continue on Saturday, October 10 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati when the Mercantile Library Niehoff Lecture Series welcomes Dame A. S. Byatt.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest living authors in the English speaking work, Byatt was the recipient of the 1990 Booker prize for the international bestseller Possession. Byatt is once again among the elite as her latest novel, The Children’s Book, is in contention for the Booker prize as well.

According to the Mercantile Library, the Niehoff Lectures were established at the suggestion of library benefactors Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Buck Niehoff who wished to enhance the library’s role as Cincinnati’s premier forum for distinguished men and women of letters. The Niehoffs have graciously underwritten the speaker’s appearance for each of the lectures.

On Saturday, the evening will start at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (map) with cocktails at 7pm, diner at 8pm, with remarks following at 9pm. A. S. Byatt’s books will be available for purchase and signing. The event costs $150 for members and $175 for non-members. Organizers are requesting RSVPs by Thursday, October 8. You can do so by calling the Mercantile Library at (513) 621-0717, or by emailing

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.