Events

From story hour 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.

POETRY NIGHT

An evening focused on poetry, from readings to workshops. Curated in partnership with the House of Toast Poets: M.J. Abell, Fred Andrle, Charlene Fix, Linda Fuller-Smith, Jerry Roscoe, and Jacquelin Smith. 7pm, fourth Thursday of every month.

SONGWRITER SPOTLIGHT

We will fill our space with top singer-songwriters in the region. Curated in partnership with award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, host of the nationally syndicated TV series, Songs at the Center, Charlie Jackson of Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, and Alec Wightman of Zeppelin Productions. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

GRAMERCY SALON@2424

These will be musical, poetic, and literary experiences that 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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  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-10-18T23:00:00

    Just in time for Halloween, join author and paranormal researcher James A. Willis as he recounts the gory details of his experience researching his latest book, Central Ohio Legends & Lore (Arcadia Publishing, June, 2017). James will take the audience across Central Ohio and deep inside the Buckeye State's stories of murderous villains, courageous heroes and even a few ghosts and monsters.

  • Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-10-20T23:00:00

    Join singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist Parker MacDonell in an unforgettable evening of story and song. A local music celebrity with Ohio roots and California influences, Parker’s original songs reveal inspiration from the great singer/songwriters of the ‘70s. Parker promises stories from his days as a working songwriter in Los Angeles and songs from his newest project, Miracle on Broad Street. This is a night not to miss!

  • Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 3:00pm
    2017-10-22T19:00:00

    Join Columbus native Tamara McNutt Bundy for her middle grade novel, Walking Miss Millie (Nancy Paulsen Books, July 2017), the story of a ten-year-old girl and an elderly lady who find out what they have in common is much more important than what makes them different. Tamara Bundy’s beautifully written debut celebrates the wonder and power of friendship: how it can be found when we least expect it and make any place a home.

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-10-24T23:00:00

    WOSU book critic Kassie Rose returns to Gramercy Books for a special evening where you can share the books that changed your life or those you can’t live without. The catalyst for this discussion is My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review. “Bob” is Paul’s “Book of Books,” a journal that records every book she’s ever read: a journey in reading that reflects her inner life. 

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-10-26T23:00:00

    Join local poetry troupe, Concrete Wink: Poetry with a Hefty Trowel of Attitude, featuring Sandy Feen, Chuck Salmons, and Rikki Santer, who will tantalize you with their poems of things that go bump in the night and other weird phenomena. 

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-11-10T00:00:00

    Join Edgar-nominated and internationally best-selling novelist, editor and journalist Craig McDonald and learn how he adapted his novel into a visual medium with the writing of Head Games: The Graphic Novel.. Adapted from his 2007 novel, McDonald blends history and legend to tell the tale of the classic hard-drinking, hard-living, and hard-boiled protagonist, the aging novelist Hector Lassiter. This noir thriller was brought to life by illustrator Kevin Singles with a style reminiscent of the golden age of dime-store paperbacks. 

  • Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 3:00pm
    2017-11-12T20:00:00

    What can be better than an afternoon for moms and their daughters to meet and mingle with Laurel Davis Huber, the author of The Velveteen Daughter, a novel based on the true story of two remarkable women: Margery Williams Bianco, the author of one of the most beloved children’s books of all time—The Velveteen Rabbit—and her daughter, Pamela, a world-renowned child prodigy artist whose fame at one time greatly eclipses her mother. At this Salon@2424 event, be prepared for bunnies, bunny cookies, and a drawing for a bunny-book giveaway!

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-11-15T00:00:00

    Join acclaimed author Robert Olmstead for a discussion and signing of his ninth book, Savage Country  (released September 26, Algonquin Books), an arresting novel that taps an extraordinary, blood-drenched story of nineteenth century greed, savagery, and desire. Olmstead, a professor at Ohio Wesylan University, is a revered writer routinely placed in the company of Cormac McCarthy, Jim Harrison, Charles Portis, and Ron Rash. 

     

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-11-17T00:00:00

    Join acclaimed essayist Sarah Menkedick  as she shares her recent book, Homing Instincts (Pantheon, May 2017).  In eight vivid and boldly questioning essays, Menkedick explores the luminous, disorienting time just before and after becoming a mother.  Publishers Weekly calls this memoir of essays “a moving and deeply personal look at one woman’s transformation.”

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-11-22T00:00:00

    Join award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib for the launch of his first essay collection: They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us) (Two Dollar Radio, November 14).

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-11-29T00:00:00

    Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small Things, sold eight million copies. Twenty years later, her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, is finally here. Join Gramercy Book Club and its facilitator, Ohio State University’s English scholar, Pranav Jani, for what will be a fascinating exploration of this long awaited novel, its activist and celebrated author, and the compelling issues facing her homeland.

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-12-01T00:00:00

    Join Michael J. Rosen for the launch of his first book of poetry in twenty years, Every Species of Hope: Georgics, Haiku, and Other Poems, where he captures life in the foothills of the Appalachians. Using a variety of poetic forms, as well as Rosen’s own pen-and-ink drawings, each poem gives voice to the predicaments of living among other creatures that share a plot of land we think we claim as home. The poems are an attempt at homeostasis: that balancing act every creature works at every hour of every day—a way of living peacefully, expending the right energy in the most productive ways, avoiding or deflecting trouble, gravitating toward sources of fulfillment and contentment. Illustrated with two-dozen pages from the author’s own journal, Every Species of Hope is the consummation of decades of observation, humility, and awe. 

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm
    2017-12-07T17:00:00

    A special year end opportunity for a ticketed luncheon, capped at sixty persons, at Giuseppe’s Ritrovo in Bexley with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini (Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker), where guests will meet and hear from the author about her latest historical novel, Enchantress of Numbers (published December 5, Dutton). The $40 a person ticket, now available at Gramercy Books, includes lunch along with Chiaverini’s latest novel, which she will sign at the luncheon after an intimate book talk with guests. In Enchantress of Numbers, Chiaverini illuminates the fascinating life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace--Lord Byron's daughter, the world's first computer programmer, and a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have been too long unsung.

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