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. House of Toast poetry group serves as an advisor for this series (M.J. Abell, Fred Andrle, Charlene Fix, Linda Fuller-Smith, Jerry Roscoe, Jacquelin Smith). 7pm, fourth Thursday of every 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. 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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  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-05-22T23:00:00

    In 1969, four siblings from the Lower East Side of New York visit a fortune teller, who tells each child the date of their death. Described as “a captivating family saga’ by the New York Times Book Review, The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin, follows the siblings both separately and together over the next four decades to see how these revelations affect their choices, their behavior, and their relationships with one another. A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. A book discussion encompassing the existential questions raised by this poignant novel will be led by Dr. Kurt Mosser, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Dayton.

  • Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-05-24T23:00:00

    Join acclaimed poet, Jen Town, for the launch of her poetry collection, The Light of What Comes After, winner of the 2017 May Sarton Prize from Bauhan Publishing. Her poetry has appeared in Mid-American ReviewCimarron Review, Epoch, Third Coast, Lake Effect, Crab Orchard Review, UnsplendidBellingham Review, and others.  She earned her MFA in Poetry from The Ohio State University in 2008.

  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-06-06T23:00:00

    Praised by the Washington Post as “Tennessee Williams . . .transposed to the 21st-century South,” acclaimed author Nick White launches his stunning short-story collection, Sweet & Low. In these provocative stories, White tackles issues of masculinity, identity, and place, with a sharp eye for social commentary and a singular handling of character.

    A native of Mississippi, Nick White’s short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, and Lit Hub. His first novel, How to Survive a Summer, was published in 2017. White is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-06-12T23:00:00

    New York Times-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer’s highly anticipated novel, The Female Persuasion, is the selected book club read for June. At its center, the novel hits the hot-button subject of feminism as it charts a Massachusetts girl’s coming-of-age and asks pressing questions about what it means to be an empowered modern woman. The discussion will be facilitated by Katherine Marino, an Assistant Professor in the departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, and author of the forthcoming book, Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement.

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-06-19T23:00:00

    An exclusive live, public taping of the Rock And Roll Book Club’s monthly book discussion podcast for June will be held at Gramercy Books! Music veterans Mark Danzter, Pat Buzzard, Chuck Johnson, and Ryan Smith will discuss Waiting to Derail: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Alt-Country’s Brilliant Wreck by Thomas O’Keefe and Joe Oestreich. The Rock And Roll Book Club, which began in November of 2014 and airs monthly, looks at the latest in “rock and roll literature” as the co-hosts exchange witty banter about rock biographies they’ve selected to read as a group. 

    Their book selection, Waiting to Derail, offers a first-hand glimpse into Ryan Adams, front man for the short-lived but well-known Raleigh, North Carolina band called Whiskeytown. Author Joe Oestreich will be at Gramercy Books on July 13 for an author talk about this very book!

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-06-21T23:00:00

    Join Capital University English professor and author Bryan Hurt for the launch of Everyone Wants to be Ambassador to France (Red Hen Press). This debut story collection offers weird and wonderful stories that illuminate the hidden truths of life. Says acclaimed writer T.C.Boyle, “Bryan Hurt’s stories are like no one else’s. They are by turns hilarious, whimsical, arresting, and heartbreaking, but what makes them such a delight is the sly simplicity and off-handed charm of their telling.”

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-06-26T23:00:00

    Join award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Silas House for the launch of his new novel, Southernmost, an intensely candid and lyrical story that initially sprung from the seeds of his own life. Called “a spiritual journey, a love story, and a classic road novel,” Southernmost explores our ability to escape the confines of intolerance and hate and move toward dignity, understanding, and grace. As a pastor wrestles with a crisis not just of his faith but of all the certainties in his own life—his marriage, his community, his parenthood—a nuanced portrait of the culture of the contemporary South emerges. 

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-07-10T23:00:00

    Join author Kelly Sundberg in conversation with poet Maggie Smith for Kelly’s Columbus launch of Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival.  In this brave and beautiful memoir, written with the raw honesty and devastating openness of The Glass Castle and The Liar's Club, a woman chronicles how her marriage devolved from a love story into a shocking tale of abuse—examining the tenderness and violence entwined in the relationship, why she endured years of physical and emotional pain, and how she eventually broke free.

    Kelly Sundberg’s essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and others. Maggie Smith's most recent collection is Good Bones, named by the Washington Postas one of the Five Best Poetry Books of 2017. 

  • Friday, July 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-07-13T23:00:00

    Join writer/rocker and Columbus native Joe Oestreich for the launch of his latest book, Waiting To Derail: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Alt-Country’s Brilliant Wreck, a first-hand glimpse into Ryan Adams, front man for the short-lived but well known Raleigh, North Carolina band called Whiskeytown. Packed with behind-the-scenes road stories, and even tales of rock star debauchery, Waiting to Derail provides a firsthand glimpse into Ryan Adams at the most meaningful and mythical stage of his career. The bass player for the Columbus band Watershed, Oestreich co-authored the book with former Whiskeytown tour manager, Thomas O’Keefe.

  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-07-24T23:00:00

    The Hellfire Club, the highly anticipated debut political thriller from CNN’s chief Washington correspondent Jake Trapper, is the selected book club read for July. An intrigue set in 1950’s D.C., the narrative revolves around a secret society and a young Congressman in its grip. The discussion will be facilitated by Paul Beck, longtime political science scholar at The Ohio State University and frequent political commentator for a wide variety of local, national, and international media.

  • Monday, July 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-07-30T23:00:00

    Join chef Matt Rapposelli, known for developing destination dining experiences in southeast Ohio since 1982, for his book launch—an author talk, cooking demonstration and book signing—of A Taste of the Hocking Hills. Rapposelli’s book intermingles delicious recipes, presented by the season, with striking photographs of a region to which thousands trek each year. Whether enjoying a winter evening or a summer morning, cooks will be able to bring a bit of the Hocking Hills home after an evening with Chef Rapposelli. Many may know Rapposelli from his years working with Jeff Ruby at the Waterfront in Cincinnati, or alongside Chef Hubert Seifert at Spagio in Columbus, or as Executive Chef for Ohio University from 2006 to 2012.

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