Our Story

About Us

Gramercy Books is a locally-owned, independently-minded neighborhood bookstore located in the heart of Bexley, Ohio. Our philosophy at Gramercy Books is simple: we’re about inspiration and discovery, community and adventure. We connect readers and writers with books they love, and host special events and ongoing visits by authors, poets and songwriters that provoke conversation.
 

Our name, Gramercy, comes from the French words “grand merci,” which translates to “big thanks” or “many thanks.” We’re so grateful. For books. For our customers. And for the opportunity to bring you this experience.

We curate the best books and retail items in easy to locate sections. Our inviting space includes a new café concept from Kittie’s, featuring Stumptown coffee, breakfast items, snacks both savory and sweet, and their iconic cupcakes.

From story hour to poetry readings, find it here.

Our Team

The people who help you find just what you're looking for.

 

Linda Kass

FOUNDER AND OWNER
 

Linda Kass, founder and owner of Gramercy Books, grew up on Columbus’s east side. Trained as a journalist, she began her career as a magazine reporter and correspondent for regional and national publications, such as Columbus Monthly, TIME, and The Detroit Free Press. After a decade working in corporate communications and public affairs within the cable television and broadcasting industries in Detroit and New York City, she returned to Columbus and co-authored The Real Life Nutrition Book (Penguin, 1992). Her debut novel, TASA’S SONG (May 2016, She Writes Press), inspired by her mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War, received a Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction from the Independent Publisher Award Program, is a 2016 Foreword Indies Award Finalist, and earned excellent reviews in Booklist and elsewhere. She also serves on the editorial staff of Narrative, an online literary magazine. In the Columbus community, Linda is known as a strong advocate of education, literacy, and the arts, and has played leadership roles on the boards of the Bexley Schools, Bexley Education Foundation, Capital University, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Kidsohio.org, United Way of Central Ohio and The Ohio State University. She is the founder of, and has led, a successful Bexley author series bringing internationally acclaimed authors to the community that, in 2017, celebrates its tenth year under the auspices of Bexley Public Library. Along with her love of reading and writing, attending live concerts of all kinds of music, seeing films, traveling, and spending time with family and friends, Linda is an avid long distance road cyclist and rides 100 miles in Pelotonia every year to support cancer research. She is thrilled to bring a neighborhood indie bookstore to Bexley!

 

John Gaylord

CO-OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER
 

John Gaylord has spent the past forty-seven years in the world of bookselling, beginning in 1969 with his family-owned premier bookstore business in Columbus: Little Professor Book Centers. John held every operational position from stock clerk to store manager for this startup business that expanded from a single location to fifteen stores, including the Little Professor Book Center in Bexley. John most recently served as a bookstore operations specialist for Paz & Associates, a one-stop resource for independent bookstores. A detail-oriented innovator and problem solver, John loves finding ways to make bookstores more profitable. His passions are focused on creating, organizing, implementing, and maintaining the systems and strategies necessary to make a bookstore efficient and successful. He has conceived, opened, and operated twenty-four cutting edge bookstores, ranging in size from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet. John believes that an independent bookstore, whose operations are founded in sound, profitable business strategies and daily routines, will provide a most gratifying experience for owners, staff, and the communities they serve.

 

Debra Boggs

STORE MANAGER
 

Debbie Boggs, store manager of Gramercy Books, has spent twenty-five years working in, managing and merchandizing independent bookstores. She spent thirteen years with Little Professor Book Centers, then at the Book Stop in Houston, and, most recently, The Book Loft in German Village. For Debbie, her favorite thing about working in a bookstore is putting a book in someone’s hands. She loves to talk about books and wants to know what books you’ve read lately that you love.

Staff Picks

 

  • Written with charm, wit, and restraint, the novel is about what it means to live in the present. A brilliant math professor, whose traumatic head injury leaves him with only eighty minutes of short-term memory, is reintroduced every morning to his housekeeper. Their strange and beautiful relationship, which includes her ten-year-old son, is one that builds from the mathematical equations still very much alive in his mind, connecting them in powerful ways and drawing them closer, like a family.

    - Linda Kass


  • A sensitive and haunting tale of friendship and love in a reimagined world where certain children exist to donate their organs when they reach early adulthood. Author Kazuo Ishiguro tenderly conveys the cloudy and amorphous reality that all children inhabit, in which there’s sensing without understanding, and clarity about some things, misunderstandings about others.

    - Linda Kass


  • In the hands of Ann Patchett, human connections are forged regardless of the unlikely context: A birthday gathering of international diplomats. A world-renowned soprano. A mansion of the Vice President of an undeveloped South American country. The friendships and compassion discovered by all the characters veil the real world waiting on the other side of the garden wall. Lyrical, profound, and unforgettable Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance, like the best of opera.

    - Linda Kass


  • The epic story of manned flight as only David McCullough can tell. From the backroom of their Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop, two humble brothers shrank our world.

    - John Gaylord


  • At once, a social study of the Appalachian culture and its emigres to the industrial north. At the same time a poignant and inspiring story of young Ohio boy who overcomes the mass dysfunction of his extended family with the love and support of his hardscrabble, hillbilly Mamaw and Papaw.

    - John Gaylord


  • If I could only take one book to a desert island, it would probably be this one. What I want from a novel is first a great story and then nothing short of some insights to the meaning of life.  Irving’s best: it’s about friendship, fate, faith, and has the best first sentence to a novel ever written.

    - Debra Boggs


  • Probably not for everyone, but the only book I have ever read more than once.  About every ten years when life has worn me down, I go back to this one to remind me that it’s supposed to be a great adventure.

    - Debra Boggs


  • I was always waiting for the next Pat Conroy; The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini.  I would save them for my day off because I read every one from cover to cover in one sitting.  His novels are just really great reads.

    - Debra Boggs


  • This book not only tells the story of an outsider in a Utopian society, but it also presents any life lessons. Beautifully written with exceptional detail this book is a must read!

    - Miriam McCarty


  • This book has been challenged by many, but never fails to come out on top as an amazing read. Strong female characters make for an exhilarating read as you travel through the world of a young girl growing up in segregated America.

    - Miriam McCarty


  • It is hard to chose just one Shakespeare novel, but The Tempest takes the cake for creativity. Propsero is funny and sassy and his countless adventures will never leave you bored.

    - Miriam McCarty


  • A gripping historical account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Great for both history buffs and fans of true crime.

    - Daniel Pawlowski


  • My favorite detective/crime novel, part of Nesbø's Harry Hole series. This chase to catch a demented serial killer is soon to be made into film as well.

    - Daniel Pawlowski


  • Engel's account of his 20 years of journalism in the Middle East. Fascinating and eye opening.

    - Daniel Pawlowski


  • Also my favorite movie, I love the action and fast dialogue that brings new meaning and perspective each time it's re-read.

    - Nikki Snyder


  • I read this coming-of-age book when I was in the middle of my own life transformation, and each word seemed to be transcribed just for me. Inspiring and endearing.

    - Nikki Snyder 


  • It's a 68-page monologue; I sat down and read it in like two hours and then just sat for another two hours and thought about EVERYTHING. It fundamentally challenges world views.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • Vonnegut explores some serious fundamental questions about human nature and why we act the way that we do.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • A collection of short stories and essays that give you brutal honesty about the world and also the life of a writer.

    - Amanda Sorrell


  • An informative survey about beer, its history, and the culture surrounding it.  A must have for anyone interested in beer or the craft beer movement.

    - Adam Sharp


  • Part history and part travel memoir, Dalrymple retraces the steps of two 6th century monks and explores the decline of Christianity in the Middle East.

    - Adam Sharp