Friday, September 2, 2011


Mencken Day 2011 - Hatrack photo and M. Dirda with photo credit

Mencken Day

honoring the memory, career and bequest of Henry Louis Mencken

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 10 AM– 5 PM
WHERE: Central Library,
Mencken Room (click on the location to see map)
ADMISSION: open to the public

New Exhibits: Mencken and Victor Gordon: A Philological Correspondence; Making Music: Mencken and Albert Hildebrandt; ‘The Free Lance,' 1911-1915: A Centennial Celebration.

Mencken Society annual meeting, 10:15 AM, Wheeler Auditorium—"H. L. Mencken, 'Foreign' Literature, and the Invention of Free Speech in Modern America," presented by Peter Mallios, associate professor of English and American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity.

The 2011 Mencken Memorial Lecture, 2:30 PM, Wheeler Auditorium—"The Literary Journalist in the Era of H. L. Mencken: Vincent Starrett, Christopher Morley, and Clifton Fadiman," by Michael Dirda (left), book columnist for the Washington Post.

Michael Dirda received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. A graduate of Oberlin College, he received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Cornell University. Dirda is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book and Classics for Pleasure. His latest book, On Conan Doyle, will be published this fall by Princeton University Press.

A reception will be held in the Poe Room following Michael Dirda's lecture.

Pictured, top left: April 7, 1926 — H. L. Mencken celebrating at the Harvard University Union after he was acquitted in the "Hatrack" case.

This is a Deaf Friendly Event (Hearing and Speech Agency interpreters)
Sign language interpreters provided
the Hearing and Speech Agency

Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors