Many in the community have asked how we are doing at Gramercy Books, given the world in which we now find ourselves. We are a small retailer and the news talks a lot about how small retailers are struggling.
First, let me say it is an honor to do this work—to be part of a business that stimulates dialogue and fosters insight through the books on our shelves and the authors we host through events (now virtually). As an independent bookstore, we connect people to many worlds. We provide a place—physical and virtual—for conversation, inspiration, and comfort. Gramercy Books has a lean, but mighty team of booksellers who have stepped up to challenges of a changing environment. We have had to adjust to a new kind of work, with an emphasis on online commerce, telephone sales, curbside pickup, and virtual events. While we are now open to the public with safety protocols requiring face masks, social distancing, and a limit on the number of people in the store at one time, we continue to blend these newer practices into our work for the benefit of all of our bookstore-loving friends in central Ohio.
We have totally pivoted from in-person events and learned the ropes of live streamed programming. Some of you have enjoyed our monthly Book Club on the Zoom Meeting platform, where we have not only featured thought-provoking books like The Education of an Idealist, American Dirt, Afterlife, and The Women of the Copper Country, but we have been able to have their respective authors join our programs including former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and novelists Jeanine Cummins, Julia Alvarez and Mary Doria Russell. We have welcomed author conversations on the Zoom Webinar platform with Connie Schultz, Robert Kolker, and Sarah Menkedick. We have many more exciting authors scheduled to appear virtually at Gramercy Books and hope you continue to join us!
Thanks to YOU, Gramercy Books is holding its own. Our business has been steady, outpacing many of our peers in the industry. We are so very grateful that you, our community, continue to call, visit, purchase books and other fun items (puzzles are back in stock!), and participate in our live streamed programming.
“When there are many worlds, you can choose the one you walk into each day.” (From Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson) Thank you for choosing the world of Gramercy Books!
As our name translates, Grand Merci!
Written by Linda Kass
About the author: I began my career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications and am now an assistant editor for Narrative, an online literary magazine. My debut novel, Tasa’s Song, was inspired by my mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War. My second historical novel, A Ritchie Boy, will be out September 1st. I am also the proud owner of Gramercy Books, serving all of central Ohio!
Learn more about me on my personal website.