The Mercantile Library’s annual fund raising dinner and literary event, the Niehoff Lecture, celebrates its 25th year with a talk by Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. The event will be held at the Westin Hotel Cincinnati, 21 E. Fifth Street on Saturday, October 20 this year.
Mr. Heaney was born on a farm in County Derry in Northern Ireland in 1939. His poems first became noticed in the mid 1960s along with the work of a group of writers of the “Northern School” of Irish literature. In the 1970s, Heaney served as a visiting lecturer at the University of California/Berkeley, leading him to a career in teaching, most recently at Oxford and Harvard Universities.
Heaney’s first major work was Death of a Naturalist, which was published in 1967 and won several awards. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His latest book, Human Chain (2010) was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Collection.
In 2011, Heaney was named one of Britain’s top 300 intellectuals by The Observer.
The Niehoff Lecture is sponsored by Buck and Patricia Niehoff. The event will begin with a cocktail reception with the author at 7:00 p.m.; dinner follows at 8:00 p.m., with Mr. Heaney’s remarks at 9:00 p.m. Cost for the event, which supports the library’s literary activities, is $175 for members; $200 for others. For reservations, call 513.621.0717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org