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.

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  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    2018-07-19T21:00:00 to 2018-07-19T23:00:00

    Calling all creatives! Bring your poetry, prose and song to Kittie’s outdoor patio for the second gathering in a series of three summertime Open Mic sessions on the third Thursday of the month (also August 16th), co-presented by Gramercy Books and Kittie's. An added treat is Kittie’s Happy Hour. 

  • 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 Tapper, 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.

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
    2018-07-25T23:30:00 to 2018-07-26T01:00:00

    Join the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, the Columbus Metropolitan Club and Gramercy Books for a special evening with legendary journalist and author, Dan Rather, as he discusses his latest book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. From politics, the media, current events and our country's most pressing issues to inspiring words of wisdom on leadership, education, social justice, civic involvement and the importance of philanthropy, Dan Rather speaks from the heart and treats audiences to a memorable encounter with a living legend. With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one. 

    Books will be available for purchase and signing following Mr. Rather's presentation. Pre-purchase What Unites Us from Gramercy Books and 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Friends Foundation. 

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

    Join chef Matt Rapposelli for a cooking demonstration and book signing as he launches A Taste of the Hocking Hills, a book informed by his expertise developing destination dining experiences in southeast Ohio since 1982. Rapposelli’s book intermingles delicious recipes, presented by the season, with striking photographs of a region to which thousands trek each year. 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.

  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
    2018-08-08T16:30:00 to 2018-08-08T18:30:00

    A special summer opportunity for a ticketed luncheon, capped at seventy persons, at Giuseppe’s Ritrovo in Bexley with nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis (The Dollhouse, The Address), where guests will meet and hear from the author about her latest historical novel, The Masterpiece. In her latest captivating novel, Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them. A magnificent work, THE MASTERPIECE expertly blends fact and fiction, providing an inside look at popular locations in Grand Central, including the Oyster Bar restaurant, the Whispering Gallery, and the Campbell Apartment, while deftly illustrating how women’s voices and agency have changed over time, the importance of the arts in our lives, and the hidden stories within New York’s historic skyline. 

    Tickets are $45.00 per person through Eventbrite. The ticket includes lunch with Fiona Davis at Giuseppe's Ritrovo, a copy of The Masterpiece, Davis' book talk and signing. 

  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-08-09T23:00:00

    Join singer/songwriter Sarah Goslee Reed, member of the band Firefly, in an evening of story and song. Reed’s favorite audiences are multi-generational families who often join her in singing, plus the occasional hoot or howl of some animal, since she writes songs about nature and family from overheard conversations or favorite stories from books, such as Charlotte’s Web and Stellaluna. Reed’s hope is that the audience goes home singing a melody.

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-08-15T23:00:00

    An exclusive central Ohio evening with New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline at the launch of FEARED, her latest thriller in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series. When writing about this series, Janet Maslin of The New York Times called Scottoline’s books “punchy, wisecracking thrillers” whose “characters are earthy, fun and self-deprecating” and distinguishes her as having “one of the best-branded franchise styles in current crime writing.” This sixth entry in her series expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness. Told with the author’s trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, FEARED asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared… 
    General admission tickets are $10 and are available on Eventbrite. Your ticket entitles you to $10 off the purchase price of FEARED. The book will be available upon its August 14th publication date at Gramercy Books, 2424 E. Main Street, or at the August 15th event.

  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    2018-08-16T21:00:00 to 2018-08-16T23:00:00

    Calling all creatives! Bring your poetry, prose and song to Kittie’s outdoor patio for the final gathering in a series of three summertime Open Mic sessions that began in June, co-presented by Gramercy Books and Kittie’s. An added treat is Kittie’s Happy Hour.

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-08-21T23:00:00

    Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and acclaimed novelist Julia Keller for the next powerful chapter in her beloved Bell Elkins series, Bone on Bone. Former cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune and television critic at them Columbus Dispatch, Keller is the author of many novels for adults and young readers, including A Killing in the Hills, the first book in the Bell Elkins series and winner of the Barry Award for Best First Novel (2013) and The Dark Intercept, the first volume of her science fiction trilogy for young adults.

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-08-23T23:00:00

    Join Dylan Taylor-Lehman for the launch of his charming, funny and informative book, Dance of the Trustees: On the Astonishing Concerns of a Small Ohio Township, a delightful look at small town America and its goings-on through the quirky village of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Yellow Springs can be seen as a microcosm of the very personal and emotional decisions and disputes representative of grass roots democracy that school boards and city councils in small towns, villages and communities across the country face on a daily basis. A former Yellow Springs News reporter, Taylor-Leyman portrays 21st century township life with humor, warmth and erudition.

  • Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    2018-08-26T18:00:00 to 2018-08-26T20:00:00

    Join us for a Local Author Festival! With more than 40 authors from central Ohio and beyond, this is a wonderful opportunity to discover new books, meet authors writing in a variety of genres, and even take home some signed books! This festival is offered in partnership with the Bexley Public Library who will hold the event in their auditorium. Gramercy Books will have books available for sale from every author.

     

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-08-28T23:00:00

    Called “electrifying” by Vanity Fair, “a page turner” by The New York Times Book Review, and “brilliant and devastating” by NPRThe Mars Room is the August book club selection by twice National Book Award-nominated Rachel Kushner (The Flamethrowers, Telex from Cuba). The novel is a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping story about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. This powerful novel about a mother and former lap dancer incarcerated for murder in a women's prison in California has been called Dickensian in its amplitude and reformist zeal. To facilitate this discussion is Yvette McGee Brown, the first African-American female justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, former judge on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, founding president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and, currently, the firm-wide Partner-in-Charge of Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement at the law firm of Jones Day.

  • Monday, September 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-09-10T23:00:00

    Join Lee Martin for a reading, book talk and signing of The Mutual UFO Network. Pulitzer Prize finalist and master of the craft Lee Martin presents his first short story collection since his acclaimed debut The Least You Need to Know. With Martin's signature insight, each story peers into the nooks and crannies of seemingly normal homes, communities, and families. From friendship and family to all forms of love, The Mutual UFO Network explores the intricacies of relationships and the possibility for redemption in even the most complex misfits and loners.

  • 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.

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