Events

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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

An evening 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 fill our space with top singer-songwriters in the region. 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 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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  • Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-01-05T00:00:00

    Join documentary photographer Lauren Pond as she discusses her book, Test of Faith, about a family of Pentecostal serpent handlers in West Virginia. Pond was awarded the prestigious Duke Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for her book, published in November by Duke University Press. She is a documentary photographer specializing in faith and religion at Ohio State’s Center for the study of Religion.

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-01-11T00:00:00

    Author Curtis Schieber celebrates the rise, fall and triumphant return of brewing in Ohio’s capital in Columbus Beer: Recent Brewing and Deep Roots, from its beginning more than two centuries ago, through Prohibition, and into today’s modern craft beer explosion with more than thirty prosperous craft breweries in the capital city.

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-01-17T00:00:00

    Jennifer Egan’s highly anticipated novel, Manhattan Beach, is the selected book club read for January (note alternate book club date). The book discussion will be facilitated by Capital University English professor Bryan Hurt, who has taught Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From The Goon Squad in his classes. Manhattan Beach takes place in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan’s first historical novel has been called a masterpiece.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-01-19T00:00:00

    Join award-winning Columbus Dispatch business reporter Dan Gearino as he leads a tour through the world of comic shops in discussing his new book, Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture (released October 13, Swallow Press), the story of the direct market from its 1970s origins to today. Gearino’s book includes profiles of forty notable shops in the U.S. and Canada, and a close look at The Laughing Ogre in Columbus.

  • Friday, January 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-01-27T00:00:00

    Join singer, songwriter, producer Patrick Buzzard, founding guitarist of the Top 40 band, Saving Jane, for an evening of story and song and a look at the latest in “rock and roll literature.” Pat is a co-host with Mark Dantzer, Chuck Johnson, and Ryan Smith of the podcast, Rock and Roll Book Club, a 30-minute show of witty banter about rock biographies that began in January 2016 and airs monthly. 

  • Monday, January 29, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-01-30T00:00:00

    Join us for an evening with Victor Prince, author of The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain (July 2017, AMACON), a book that takes readers on a leadership journey unlike any other. Stretching across 500 miles of northern Spain, the Camino de Santiago has been a pilgrimage route for a millennium. Each year, hundreds of thousands of peregrinos make their way through rugged countryside and medieval towns in order to reflect, test their will, and join a community of strangers on a shared mission. In short, it's the ideal training ground for authentic leadership. Challenged to walk the Camino, Victor Prince began his trek as one person: driven, work-focused and highly competitive, and he finished it a very different one: more balanced, more caring, and more present in the moment. In this transformative book, he guides readers on their own Camino, translating his experience into seven essential leadership lessons. 

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-01-31T00:00:00

    Join Steve Abbott, founding member of The Poetry Forum, Ohio’s longest-running poetry series, for a reading from his latest collection, A Green Line Between Green Fields. Blending an individual life with stories and snapshots of multiple lives, the poems in this collection offer a window onto the whirlwind of an all-too-human world.

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-02-08T00:00:00

    Join bestselling author Father Greg Boyle for a discussion of his second book, Barking To The Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship (Simon & Schuster, November 2017), a book that shares his three decades of working with gang members in his native Los Angeles—what it’s taught him and what he hopes it can teach readers. Boyle, a Jesuit priest, is founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world, which was introduced in his 2010 awe-inspiring book, Tattoos on the Heart.
    While a free event, registration is required. Call 614-867-5515.

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-02-16T00:00:00

    Join lauded author Michael Nye for the launch of his debut novel, All The Castles Burned (Turner Publishing, February 13), a compelling coming-of-age story that takes place in Ohio. The book has been compared to The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Marlena by Julie Buntin, and Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash. Nye is a graduate of The Ohio State University and recently moved to Clintonville from Washington D.C. He is the author of the story collection Strategies Against Extinction (Queen's Ferry Press, 2012).

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-02-22T00:00:00

    Enjoy an intimate evening of wonder and astonishment with magician, performer and writer Nate Staniforth at The Drexel Theatre, Gramercy's community partner for this exclusive central Ohio event. Called the “Bob Dylan of magic,” Staniforth will share his earnest and heartfelt memoir, Here is Real Magic: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World about rediscovering the importance of wonder in everyday life. Staniforth is the former host of Discovery Channel’s international hit TV show Breaking Magic.
    Tickets at $10 can be obtained at Gramercy Books, 2424 E. Main Street, and can be applied toward the purchase of Staniforth’s book.

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-02-23T00:00:00

    Join poets William Evans and Nicole Homer, each with new poetry collections recently released! Evan’s Still Can't Do My Daughter's Hair explores masculinity, fatherhood and family, and what it means to make a home as a black man in contemporary America. Homer’s first full-length poetry collection, Pecking Order, is an unflinching look at how race and gender politics play out in the domestic sphere. Homer challenges the notion of family by forcing the reader to examine how race, race performance, and colorism impact motherhood immediately and from generation to generation.

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    2018-02-27T00:00:00

    Join screenwriter, producer and author Andy Rose for the launch of his book, The Aspiring Screenwriter’s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune, a humorous and pithy guide to the craft of writing a screenplay and the business of being a screenwriter. Rose has walked this path, having years of experience with every major film studio and network, and working with the best, including Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, David Geffen, and Jeff Katzenberg. Andy will be interviewed by Kevin Rouch, Director of The Drexel Theater, Gramercy’s community partner for this event.

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