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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  • 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 Home, a gritty tale of family pride, hope, despair, and second chances. 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 Perkoski 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. 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 - 11:30am to 1:15pm
    2019-09-25T15:30:00 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. Currently a policy advisor in the federal government, Black is the former Chief of Staff and Vice President of Research for the largest national resource for women in politics. She will be joined by former Attorney General of Ohio, Betty Montgomery. More details are coming soon…
    Registration for this program will be through Columbus Metropolitan Club, Gramercy’s partner for this program. 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.

     

  • Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
    2019-10-06T21:30:00 to 2019-10-06T23:30:00

    Join former columnist and ESPN writer Kate Fagan discuss her 2017 #1 New York Times Sports and Fitness bestseller, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American TeenThe book is the selected community-wide book by Bexley City Schools for “Bexley Be Well: A Community Conversation about Wellness.”  This book read and subsequent author visit is part of their ongoing effort to create broad-based awareness and dialogue around the increased level of anxiety and mental health needs among our young people. 

  • Monday, October 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-10-07T23:00:00

    Join Nannette Macejunes, Executive Director of the Columbus Museum of Art, as she discusses Reflections: The American Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, which she co-edited with Melissa Wolfe, CMA’s curator of American Art and head of the American Department at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
    The Columbus Museum of Art is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this program.

  • Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-10-11T23:00:00

    Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and known worldwide for starting a dialogue on the death penalty, will discuss her new memoir, River of Fire, and share the story of her growth as a spiritual leader. Her candid reflections of bringing light to some of the darkest places in the world will be spiced with Cajun humor. This exclusive event is organized under the auspices of the Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing.
    General admission tickets at $9 are available on Eventbrite. Books will be available for purchase at the event by Gramercy Books. A reception and book signing will follow her talk.

  • Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
    2019-10-20T18:00:00

    The Upper Arlington Library’s 2019 Author Series, in partnership with the Upper Arlington Community Foundation and Gramercy Books, presents an exclusive visit with chef and writer Samin Nosrat, author of the New York Times bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a visionary book that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements. Nosrat has been declared “America’s next great cooking teacher” by Alice Waters, and “the next Julia Child” by NPR. 
    Tickets range in price from $10 to $35 and may be purchased by credit card through the Upper Arlington Public Library’s website. Those wishing to purchase by cash or check may do so at the Main Library's Adult Services desk (2800 Tremont Road). Books will be available for purchase and signing before and following Ms. Nosrat’s presentation. Gramercy Books will donate 30% of the profit of books sold to the Ann Royce Moore Fund, established in 2012 and dedicated to promoting and supporting author visits to Upper Arlington.

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-10-23T23:00:00

    The October Book Club selection takes a close look at former columnist and ESPN writer Kate Fagan’s 2017 #1 New York Times Sports and Fitness bestseller, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American TeenThis book is also the selected community-wide book read by Bexley City Schools as part of its ongoing effort, Bexley Be Well, to create broad-based awareness and dialogue around the increased level of anxiety and mental health needs among our young people. The discussion will be co-facilitated by Bexley City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller and Chief Academic Officer Jill Abraham.
    Bexley City Schools is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this program.

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-10-24T23:00:00

    Join award-winning author and Fulbright Fellow Margaret McMullan as she discusses her recent memoir, Where the Angels Lived, a heart-wrenching, passionate and insightful documentation of her relentless determination to pick up the pieces of her family's fragmented history throughout the Hungarian Holocaust.Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history. McMullan will be in conversation with noted Ohio State Holocaust historian Robin Judd.
    Jewish Columbus and Ohio State’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this exclusive program.

  • Friday, October 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-10-25T23:00:00

    Join poet, playwright, and journalist Fred Andrle and CCAD professor and poet Charlene Fix for a special joint reading. Andrle will read from his recent collection, Rocking in the Cradle of the Moment, a collection of haiku, senryu, and other small poems. Charlene Fix is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent Taking a Walk in My Animal Hat, and she is Emeritus Professor of Writing and Literature at CCAD.  

  • Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 2:00pm
    2019-10-27T18:00:00

    Join award-winning author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney for the first-ever family author visit, part of the Bexley Public Library’s Bexley Community Author Series, as he shares his life’s journey, and his most recently illustrated book, A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a NationOne of our nation’s most awarded and prolific children’s book authors, illustrators, and artists, Mr. Pinkney's work spans children's literature, commemorative Postal Service stamps, covers and illustrations for National Geographic, and premier art exhibitions. 

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