Events

From author talks to a monthly book club to poetry readings, find it here.

At Gramercy, we share our love of books and the arts through a broad range of programming and events that bring the community together. From hosting writers to book clubs, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check out our calendar of events, and discover something new. Here’s a sample of regular events you can look forward to:

AUTHOR NIGHT

We’re proud to host acclaimed local and national authors. Engage with them in an open dialogue as they share their work, hear them reading excerpts from their books, and learn about their writing process. Books are available for sale in the store and authors sign their books after their appearances. Many frequently linger to chat with the audience.

GRAMERCY BOOK CLUB

Celebrate the latest releases in an engaging community book discussion facilitated by a community expert who brings contextual insight to the book being discussed. 7pm, fourth Tuesday of every month, unless noted otherwise. 

POETRY NIGHT

Evenings focused on poetry, from readings to workshops. 7pm, fourth Thursday of the month. Launch of new poetry collections may be held on alternative dates, as noted. 

SONGWRITER SPOTLIGHT

We present top singer-songwriters in the region, or feature authors writing about music and musicians. Curated in partnership with award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, founder and host of the nationally syndicated TV series, Songs at the Center and music devotee Alec Wightman, whose Zeppelin Productions has promoted national act singer-songwriter concerts in Columbus since 1995. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

GRAMERCY SALON@2424

These will be literary experiences you won’t want to miss. From book conversations to local celebrity appearances to panel discussions on current events, Salon@2424 will offer the delightful and unexpected. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

All Events

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-09-20T23:00:00

    In partnership with Columbus City Schools, Gramercy Books welcomes award-winning author and journalist, Wil Haygood, to Columbus East High School for his national book tour launch of Tigerland:1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of HealingHaygood will share the story of Columbus' own East High School Tigers, who won baseball and basketball state championships in the midst of the racial turbulence and segregation of the late 1960s, and how they inspired a community. 
    Tickets are free, but must be reserved through Eventbrite. Copies of Tigerland will be available at the event and a book signing will follow the presentation. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

  • Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3:00pm
    2018-09-23T19:00:00

    Join us in welcoming Columbus’ own, Wil Haygood, for a special afternoon featuring his new book, Tigerland:1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing, an emotional, inspiring story of two teams from a poor, black, segregated high school in Columbus, who, in the midst of the racial turbulence of 1968/1969, win the Ohio state baseball and basketball championships in the same year. This program, to include an author talk, reading and book signing, is presented in partnership with Bexley Public Library.

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-09-25T23:00:00

    WOSU book critic Kassie Rose returns to Gramercy Books to facilitate a discussion of John Irving’s 1989 bestselling novel, A Prayer For Owen Meanya PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick. Irving’s beloved book is a coming-of-age tale that ranks among the most cherished American classics, including To Kill a Mockingbirdand Catcher in the Rye. It tells the story of John Wheelwright and his best friend Owen Meany growing up together in a small New Hampshire town during the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-09-27T23:00:00

    Andrew Grace is the author of three books of poems: Sancta (2012), Shadeland (2008), and A Belonging Field (2001). His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, New England Review and Poetry Daily.  He has received a Wallace Stegner fellowship in poetry from Stanford University, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches at Kenyon College.

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    2018-10-11T23:00:00 to 2018-10-12T00:30:00

    Join Bexley native and author Joselin Linder as she discusses her riveting personal story, The Family Gene. The book chronicles her investigation into a deadly gene carried by herself and only fourteen other people that had already claimed the life of her father and other family members. Linder is a regular contributor to the New York Post and her work has also been featured on This American LifeMorning Edition and Life of the Law. This special event is offered in partnership with Bexley Public Library, Bexley Education Foundation and Bexley City Schools, where Joselin will speak with students during the day as part of the Judah Folkman, MD Scientist in Residence Program, along with geneticist Dawn Allain, Director of the Genetic Counseling program at The Ohio State University. Books will be available for sale at the evening event and a signing will follow.

  • Friday, October 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-10-12T23:00:00

    Join author, columnist and seasoned speaker Bo L. Arnold as she discusses her book, MOOD, FOOD and GRATITUDE: Healing from the Way We Think, where she breaks down misconceptions and reveals how one can embrace personal empowerment, high-quality nutrition and healthy living.  

  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 2:00pm
    2018-10-14T18:00:00

    The Upper Arlington Library’s 2018 Author Series, presented in partnership with the Upper Arlington Community Foundation and Gramercy Books will feature Amor TowlesNew York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility

    Tickets range in price from $10 to $35 and may be purchased by credit card through the Upper Arlington Public Library's website. Those wishing to purchase by cash or check may do so at the Main Library's Adult Services desk (2800 Tremont Road).                      

    Books will be available for purchase and signing following Mr. Towles’s presentation. With a pre-purchase of either of Mr. Towles’s novels, A Gentleman in Moscowor Rules of Civility, at Gramercy Books, 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Ann Royce Moore Fund, established in 2012 and dedicated to promoting and supporting author visits to Upper Arlington.

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-10-15T23:00:00

    Join Sherrie Flick as she reads from her newest short story collection, Thank Your Lucky StarsFull of wit and humor, readers will find themselves immersed in big worlds contained in short narratives that serve up love and loss, longing and heartbreak, and cruelty and tenderness in poetic images. Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness, the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting, and the short story collection Whiskey, Etc., winner of the Foreword INDIES Bronze Prize and named one of Entropy’s Best Fiction Books of 2016.

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-10-23T23:00:00

    Called “one of the most exceptional works of nonfiction,” “compulsively readable” and “thought-provoking,” Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by renowned historian Yuval Noah Harari is Gramercy’s October book club selection. This groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be human. Sapiens was a favorite pick of former President Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Ohio State University anthropology professor, Jeffrey Cohen, will facilitate this fascinating book club discussion. 

  • Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-10-26T23:00:00

    Join prolific Cleveland-area poet and performer John Burroughs and longtime poet and Ohio State University Professor Emerita Anna Soter in an exclusive joint reading. Author of over a dozen books and founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press, Burroughs will read from his latest poetry collection, Loss and Foundering. Dr. Soter, founder of The Hospital Poets US Program for The Ohio State University Medicine and the Arts/Humanism in Medicine Program, will read from her latest poetry collection, Breathing Spaces.

  • Monday, November 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-11-13T00:00:00

    Join journalist and essayist Sarah Smarsh, in conversation with United Way’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact, Michael Wilkos, to learn about her powerful memoir, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.  A perfect companion to Evicted and Nickel and DimedHeartland reveals one woman's experience of working class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening, and topical personal story. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess. The book has been long-listed as a finalist for the National Book Award.

    Along with her widely published work on this topic, Smarsh is a fellow at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. 

    United Way of Central Ohio is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this exclusive program. Michael Wilkos' expertise is in community revitalization.  His team at United Way develops effective strategies to improve our community and invests in programs that carry out these strategies. This event is free but registration is required.

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-11-15T00:00:00

    Join acclaimed poets Blas Falconer and Kazim Ali for readings from their latest collections. The poems in Falconer’s Forgive the Body This Failure engage the past and present, and attempt to reconcile loss and longing while also seeking to understand our own impermanence. Written in a plain-spoken voice, they are meditative, elegiac and tender. The poems in Inquisition engage history, politics, and the dangerous regions of the uncharted heart. In Ali’s scintillating mixture of lyrics, narrative, fragments, prose poem, and spoken word, he answers longstanding questions about the role of the poet or artist in times of political or social upheaval.

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm
    2018-11-15T23:30:00

    Join the profoundly influential guitarist of the rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna as he shares his beautifully-written memoir filled with tales of the road, the stage, and a life made of music. Been So Long: My Life and Music is the story of how Jorma Kaukonen found his place in the world of music and beyond. In this exclusive Songwriter Spotlight program at Gramercy Books, Jorma will be interviewed by music devotee Alec Wightman. Alec’s Zeppelin Productions has promoted national act singer-songwriter concerts in Columbus since 1995 and he is a board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he served as Chair from 2013 to 2016. He is also a partner in the national law firm, BakerHostetler.

    A limited number of general admission tickets to this event for $30 each are available at Eventbrite. The price of admission includes a copy of Jorma’s new memoir. Ticket holders can pick up their book in advance at Gramercy Books (2424 E. Main St.) or at the November 15th event. Please note that Gramercy Books will be closed to the public at 6:00 pm on November 15th due to this exclusive ticketed event.

  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-11-28T00:00:00

    Described as “brilliantly executed” and “compulsively readable,” Unshelteredby New York Times bestselling author and Dayton Literary Peace Prize-winner Barbara Kingsolver, is Gramercy’s November book club selection. This timely novel interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. The discussion will be facilitated by Ohio State University writing professor, Pulitzer Prize finalist and master of the craft, Lee Martin.

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-12-01T00:00:00

    Join New York Times bestselling author Helen Schulman for the book launch of her provocative new novel, Come With Mea mind-bending narrative set in Silicon Valley that challenges our modern constructs of attachment and love, purpose and fate. Says Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs, Helen Schulman “has produced a darkly comic, and oddly romantic story about multiverse theory, alternative lives, and the craziness of the tech industry.” Transporting her characters—and readers—to new realities, while grounding her narrative with the penetrating wit and compassionate understanding of human vulnerability that have always marked her acclaimed fiction, Schulman pushes the boundaries of her literary terrain. 

    Schulman is the author of five previous novels, including the New York Times bestseller This Beautiful Life, and a collection of short stories. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The Paris Review, and the New York Times Book Review. She is a Professor of Writing and Fiction Chair of the MFA Program at The New School. She lives in New York City.

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