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EXHIBIT CELEBRATES INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED WRITER, FORMER CINCINNATI RESIDENT Patrick Lafcadio Hearn lived an uncommon life. Born in 1850 on the Greek island of Lefkada to a Greek mother and an Irish father, he was abandoned by his parents, raised by a greataunt, and sent to America where he was told to look up a relative who lived in Cincinnati. Once he arrived in the Queen City, he was given $5 from the relative’s family and sent on his way. Hearn befriended a printer who let him sleep in the back room of his print shop and encouraged him to write. Hearn contributed hundreds of articles about the city to the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Commercial. He briefly served as private secretary to the Cincinnati Public Library’s Director Thomas Vickers before moving on to New Orleans, then Martinique, and finally settled in Japan in 1890. Hearn was the first Westerner to translate Japanese stories and fairy tales into English. In the 1950s, Vickers’ family donated his personal collection of Hearn material to the Library. You can see the collection in the exhibit The Strange & Exotic World of Lafcadio Hearn on display in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library June 9–Aug. 20.


LibraryLinks | Summer 2017

Celebrate a love of graphic novels at Main Library event The Cincinnati Library Comics Fun Fest happens this year Saturday, June 17 from 1–4 p.m. at the Main Library. The event includes a game show, cosplay, an obstacle course, photos, crafts, and more. There will also be a ceremony announcing the winners of the Comics Fun Fest Drawing Contest. Entries are accepted until May 31. Hand-drawn or painted artwork inspired by comic books, graphic novels, and manga by anyone ages five years and older are eligible for prizes. For more about the drawing contest and the Comics Fun Fest, visit

More exhibits coming to Main Library Bookworks, the 18th annual Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) exhibit, will be on display June 14–Sept. 3 in the atrium of the Main Library. CBAS is a nonprofit organization of professional and amateur hand workers in the book arts. Artist walk-throughs are set for Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. There will also be a hands-on bookmaking demonstration Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m. The Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit is an annual display of artist-created books from the Library’s collection. It is curated in memory of former Library Services Director Keith Kuhn. See the exhibit June 14–Sept. 3 in the Popular Library and in cases by the elevators on the second and third floors.

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