Since 1835, The Mercantile Library has continuously sought out dynamic lecturers and speakers, experts on a wide array of subjects—politics, art, literature, science, religion, music and more. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rabbi Isaac Wise, John Updike, David Halberstam, Seamus Heaney, Salman Rushdie, Robert Caro, David Brooks, Michelle Alexander, Julia Child, Sandra Cisneros, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Claudia Rankine are just some of the lecturers hosted by the Mercantile.
In 2018 we hosted Molly Wellmann, Steve Earle, Susan Orlean, Melissa Clark, Colson Whitehead, Liza Mundy, Jerald Cooper, Luc Sante, and Jennifer Egan.
The Library’s Signature Events are annual lectures, each around a recurring theme. Free admission to Signature Events for Mercantile Library members is made possible by The George and Margaret McLane Foundation.
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