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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  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-06-19T23:00:00

    Join author David E. Rohr as he discusses his book, The United States of OHIO: One American State and Its Impact on the Other Forty-Ninewith Mike Curtin, former Columbus Dispatch associate publisher and former member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Rohr’s book includes key stories from the Buckeye State and reveals the remarkable effect Ohio’s development has had on the American experience.
    Bexley Public Library and Columbus Bar Association are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this Gramercy Salon@2424 event.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-06-20T23:00:00

    Join widely-known master storyteller and highly-regarded editor of The Kenyon Review, David Lynn, in an exclusive reading, discussion and signing of his probing collection of new and selected stories, Children of God, stories that explore the complex currents of human existence. Lynn will be in conversation with acclaimed writer and Ohio State English professor Nick White.
    Kenyon Review and Ohio State University Creative Writing Program are Gramercy’s partners for this Author Night.

  • Friday, June 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-06-21T23:00:00

    Join Jennifer Chiaverini, the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, as she shares her latest historical saga, Resistance Women. This enthralling novel recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American—Mildred Fish Harnack—and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-06-25T23:00:00

    New York Times bestseller, MAID, a memoir of a single mother struggling to survive while performing the household labor that many of us take for granted, is Gramercy’s June Book Club selection. While at once deeply personal — with heartfelt stories about the author, Stephanie Land, and her daughter, Mia — it is also essential social commentary with a journalists' lens on issues of poverty—from government programs to stigmas of the working poor. To facilitate this discussion is Julie Horger, longtime English and Journalism teacher at Bexley High School.
    Bexley City Schools is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this book club program.

  • Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-06-27T23:00:00

    Join author Dawn Combs, to hear more about the healing properties of honey as she shares recipes from her new book, Sweet Remedies: Healing Herbal Honeys. Combs is co-owner of the herbal health farm, Mockingbird Meadows, and the master formulator for a variety of the farm’s herb- and honey-based products. As an added treat, Combs will bring some of the products from her farm and some samples of the electuary recipes from the book.

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-07-02T23:00:00

    In a special Independence Day edition of Gramercy’s Songwriter Spotlight, acclaimed Columbus-based songwriters Sally FingerettEric Gnezda, and Parker MacDonell will play songs from the just-released book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham and country music legend Tim McGraw, Songs of America, a celebration of American history through the music that united and shaped this nation. Like the book it uses as its resource, Gramercy’s special concert will remind us of who we are, where we’ve been, and what we, at our best, can be.
    This is a free event with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that Gramercy Books will be closed to the public at 5:30 pm that day. Doors open for seating at 6:30 pm and snacks, food, and drink will be available at Kittie's.

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-07-11T23:00:00

    In her latest, novel The Collector’s Apprentice, bestselling author B.A. Shapiro, delivers a page-turning historical thriller of art and revenge, history and love, that will transport readers to 1920s Paris and America. Like she did with The Art Forger and The Muralist, Shapiro gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance. This exclusive Salon@2424 event is in partnership with Columbus Museum of Art and presented as a special edition of their Art Book Club. General admission tickets can be purchased through the Museum and are $10 for Museum members, $15 for non-members. Shapiro’s books can be purchased in advance at Gramercy Books (2424 E. Main Street) or at the July 11th event.

  • Friday, July 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
    2019-07-12T23:00:00

    Join prolific writer, illustrator, editor, and James Thurber expert Michael J. Rosen to celebrate and launch A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber, a long overdue introduction and reintroduction to James Thurber and the artwork that fundamentally changed American cartoons. Rosen’s book serves as the catalyst of a special Columbus Museum of Art exhibit to celebrate the 125thanniversary of Thurber’s birth, running August 24, 2019 – March 15, 2020.
    Bexley Public Library, Columbus Museum of Art, and Thurber House are Community Partners with Gramercy Books for this exclusive author evening celebrating the Year of Thurber.

  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:00am
    2019-07-13T15:00:00

    Join children’s book writer and illustrator Will Hillenbrand as he launches a new Mighty Reader Series, Mighty Reader and the Big Freeze, with a new superhero to inspire reluctant readers in a comic book style picture book. This special event is a Gramercy Books – Bexley Library partnership not to be missed! 

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    2019-07-17T16:00:00 to 2019-07-17T18:00:00

    A special summer ticketed luncheon at Giuseppe’s Ritrovo in Bexley with New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams (The Summer Wives, A Certain Age), where guests will meet and hear from the author about her latest historical novel, The Golden Hour. In her latest captivating novel, Williams creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
    A limited number of tickets at $45 a person through Eventbrite will include the lunch and Williams’ novel, which she will sign after her talk.

  • 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.
     

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