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 the Gramercy staff, owner, or community VIP. 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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  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-06-29T23:00:00

    Writer Nick White will discuss, read from and sign copies of his recently released novel, How To Survive A Summer, a searing debut novel about a gay-to-straight conversion camp in Mississippi and a man’s reckoning with the trauma he faced there as a teen.
    

  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 3:00pm
    2017-07-16T19:00:00

    Poets David Baker, Sharon Draper, Amit Madmujar, and Lee Martin will read from highly acclaimed The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith served as editors and contributors; Kahn will also be a reader. Former US poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Natasha Trethewey called it a “brilliant assembly” of work that “will be of great value to readers and writers of poetry for generations to come—just as Gwendolyn Brooks was, and is.” 

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-07-19T23:00:00

    Two award-winning songwriters: Eric Gnezda and Keith Larsen. One great night of songs and stories. Songwriter and memoirist Eric Gnezda, creator and host of the American Public Television series, Songs at the Center, and a regular performer at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café, will be joined by Keith Larsen, a finalist in the Country Music Television/NSAI Song Contest and a frequent participant in Nashville songwriter rounds and writing sessions. 

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-07-20T23:00:00

    Photographer and storyteller Charles Mintz will discuss Lustron Stories, the result of his three years photographing the occupants and owners of 125 Lustron homes in 15 states, which he did with the help of The Ohio History Connection. The stories of the remarkable cross section of people who now live in these modest homes reveal the political and social reality of what has happened since the Second World War. Following his author talk, Charles will sign books across the street at Gramercy Books.

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-07-25T23:00:00

    Facilitated by Capital University Psychology professor and bereavement specialist Jannette McDonald, this month’s book club will feature Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (author of Lean In) and psychologist Adam Grant.

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-07-27T23:00:00

    "Poetry Through Sylvan Windows" features the original poetry of two of Columbus’ premier poets, Scott Woods and Jeremy Glazier. Woods and Glazier are critics as well, and their deep engagement with the arts in its many manifestations colors the complex, engaging, and far-reaching sensibility and insight of their poems. Poet Charlene Fix, of House of Toast, will emcee this program.

  • Friday, July 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-07-28T23:00:00

    Acclaimed writer Donald Ray Pollock  (The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff) will read from his latest novel, Heavenly Table, out this week in paperback. This dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel solidifies Pollock's place among the best contemporary American authors.

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 7:00pm
    2017-08-12T14:00:00 to 2017-08-12T23:00:00

    What can be better than visiting with authors outside on a nice summer day? A dozen local authors will display their books under Gramercy’s awning. Authors will sign books for purchase. The festival will return on Saturday, August 26, from 10 am through 7 pm.

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-08-22T23:00:00

    Facilitated by Ohio State University Russian history scholar Nick Breyfogle, this month’s book club will feature the best-selling novel, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. The author immerses the reader in an elegantly drawn era with the unforgettable story of Count Alexander Rostov.

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-08-24T23:00:00

    Award-winning poet Jacquelin Smith will read some of her old and new poems.  She will share a writing exercise that opens the creative flow for writing fresh poetry.  

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 7:00pm
    2017-08-26T14:00:00 to 2017-08-26T23:00:00

    What can be better than visiting with authors outside on a nice summer day? A dozen local authors will display their books under Gramercy’s awning. Authors will sign books for purchase. 

  • Monday, August 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-08-28T23:00:00

    Join Pilliar Award winner and Columbus businessman Dwight E. Smith to celebrate the debut of his picture book (My Special Word) and chapter book (What’s My Word), in collaboration with The Columbus Foundation. Sales of these books will benefit Smith’s non-profit “My Special Word,” a program with the aspiration of inspiring our youth to be who they hope to become through the use of positive words as it supports organizations that administer youth programs and camps, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Columbus.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
    2017-08-30T23:00:00

    Join author Kristen Lepionka as she discusses her debut mystery novel released in June from Minotaur Books. Set in Columbus, The Last Place You Look is the first of a series featuring private investigator Roxane Weary. With echoes of Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane and the hit podcast SerialThe Last Place You Look is the gripping debut of both a bold new voice and character.

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