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.

Please note that photography or video taken at any Gramercy Books event may be used for promotional purposes.

All Events

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  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-07-23T23:00:00

    A special summer book club read features the author of our selected book as discussion facilitator! Join author Kerry Winfrey in her adult novel debut, set in Columbus, with Waiting for Tom Hanks, a delightfully charming and funny novel starring a rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading man.

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-07-29T23:00:00

    Join editors and scholars Daniel Skinner and Berkeley Franz, and contributor Sharon Parsons, for a special Gramercy Salon@2424 program featuring Not Far from Me, Stories of Opioids and Ohio, the first book on this public health emergency composed entirely of first-person accounts. The collection unfolds across more than fifty gripping accounts by Ohioans at the center of the national epidemic. The book has been praised by Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, and authors Sam Quinones, (Dreamland), Brian Alexander (Glass House) and Elizabeth Catte (What You Are Getting Wrong about Appalachia).
    The Columbus Bar Association is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this Gramercy Salon@2424 program; 1.0 CLE hours of instruction are pending before the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-07-31T23:00:00

    Join Fiona Davis, nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address, for her dazzling new novel The Chelsea Girls, a spell-binding tale of a decades-long friendship between two talented women, presented against the backdrop of political conspiracy, infused with the glamour of Hollywood and Broadway, and set in that ramshackle headquarters of New York bohemia, the iconic Chelsea Hotel.

  • Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-08-08T23:00:00

    An event rock fans will not want to miss! Join Fran Belkin, in conversation with rock music aficionado Alec Wightman, to hear about her new book, Rock This Town!, her behind-the-scenes experiences with some of music’s biggest stars. The book is one of the only memory albums ever made that gives an inside glimpse at concert production and promotion. Fran Belkin worked alongside husband Jules, a pioneer in the rock and roll music industry, as Belkin Productions grew to become one of the largest regional concert promoters and, quietly, one of the most influential in the nation. 

  • Friday, August 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-08-09T23:00:00

    Join three extraordinary and award-winning poets in a joint reading of their most recent work: Ruth Awad and Darren C. Demarree are poets living in Columbus. Leah Umansky is a poet and teacher in New York City.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-08-14T23:00:00

    Join University Archivist and Head of Archives at The Ohio State University, Tamar Chute, for the launch of Time & Change: 150 Years of The Ohio State University, a photographic retrospective of the rich history and evolution of one of the largest land grant universities in the nation. Tamar will be in conversation with Ohio State University Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, who provided the Afterword in this magnificent compilation of the journey of one of the world’s pre-eminent educational institutions.
    Ohio State University Libraries is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this exclusive program.

     

  • Monday, August 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-08-19T23:00:00

    A bestseller on all lists—New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Publishers WeeklyWomen Rowing North by Mary Pipher is Gramercy’s August book club selection. This latest book by the author of Reviving Ophelia, is a guide to wisdom, authenticity, and bliss for women as they age. To facilitate this book club discussion is Dr. Janette McDonald, a member of the psychology faculty at Capital University who studies the development of human consciousness and self-awareness as a preface to, or a part of, philosophy.  

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-08-20T23:00:00

    Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Julia Keller for the launch of The Cold Way Homethe story of death and life, of despair and hope, of crime and – sometimes, but not always – punishment. The mystery thriller is the newest in Keller’s series that began with A Killing in the Hills, set in her native state of West Virginia. 

     

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-08-22T23:00:00

    Join writer Erin O’Brien and photographer Bob Pekoski for a journey through the history of burlesque in Cleveland from the mid-1800s to the present day, the topic of their new book, Rust Belt Burlesque, that offers a peek into today’s burlies who come in all shapes, ethnicities, and orientations, drawing a legion of adoring fans. 

  • Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    2019-08-25T18:00:00 to 2019-08-25T20:00:00

    Join us for our third annual 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 Bexley Public Library who will hold the event in their auditorium. Gramercy Books will have books available for sale from every author.
     

  • Friday, September 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-09-06T23:00:00

    Join acclaimed poets Melissa Barrett and Anthony Madrid for a special joint poetry reading. A 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee and highly awarded for her writing, Barrett launches her debut poetry collection, Moon on Roam. Madrid is also a widely published poet, including in Best American Poetry, whose third collection,There was an Old Man with a Springbok, has just been released.

  • Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-09-09T23:00:00

    Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amélie, launches her latest historical novel, The Winemaker’s Wife, a moving story set amid the champagne vineyards of northern France during the darkest days of World War II. 

  • Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 11:30am to 2:30pm
    2019-09-15T15:30:00 to 2019-09-15T18:30:00

    Worldwide bestselling author of Goosebumps and the master of scary stories for young readers, R.L. Stine launches his new middle grade graphic novel series with Just Beyond: The Scare School Original Graphic Novel, a supernatural horror tale bound to scare a whole new generation of kids. To celebrate the launch of the series, Gramercy Books is bringing Stine back to his hometown for several weekend festivities, including the 11:30 am ticketed screening of Goosebumps 2 at the Drexel, followed by an author talk and book signing. 
    Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite beginning August 1. Each ticket includes the film, author talk, a copy of Just Beyond, and book signing with Mr. Stine. Additional books by R. L. Stine will be available at the event.

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-09-19T23:00:00

    Join former Amazon Advertising executive creative director Steve Susi, author of Brand Currency, to get an insider’s perspective of Amazon’s secrets to success. Susi, a Worthington native who went on to lead Amazon’s creative operations across Europe, Asia, and Canada, will be in conversation with Business First Editor-in-Chief Doug Buchanan.
    Columbus Business First is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this exclusive event.

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-09-24T23:00:00

    In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. Discussion of The Nickel Boys, chosen as a #1 INDIE NEXT pick for August, will be facilitated by Hasan Jeffries, history professor at The Ohio State University and an expert in African American history, particularly around the Civil Rights era. Jeffries facilitated Gramercy’s robust discussion of Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad in 2017.

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
    2019-09-25T16:00:00 to 2019-09-25T17:15:00

    Kate Black, author of REPRESENT: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World, will participate in a moderated panel discussion focused on how to develop women leaders for elected office. Additional panelists are to be announced shortly. Currently a policy advisor for the Federal Communications Commission, Black is the former Chief of Staff and Vice President of Research for the largest national resource for women in politics.
    Registration in late August for this program will be through Columbus Metropolitan Club. Copies of REPRESENT will be available for purchase by Gramercy Books before and following this program.

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-09-25T23:00:00

    Join Journalist David Mould to hear about his latest book, Monsoon Postcards, about his illuminating travelogue through Central Asia. Witty and insightful, Mould’s book offers glimpses into countries linked by history, trade, migration, religion, and a colonial legacy.
    This event is a partnership between Bexley Public Library and Gramercy Books.

     

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