Our Story

From author talks to a monthly book club to poetry readings, find it here.

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.

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, inspired by her mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War, garnered widespread praise following its May 2016 publication. Her  second historical "novel-in-stories," A Ritchie Boy, was released on September 1, 2020. Her work has more recently appeared in Columbus MonthlyJewish Literary JournalKenyon Review Online, and The MacGuffin.

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 was the founder of, and led, a successful Bexley author series for nine years prior to opening Gramercy Books, bringing internationally acclaimed authors to the community. That program is now under the auspices of Bexley Public Library. Along with curating all of of the book-related events at Gramercy Books, she currently serves as an assistant editor for the online literary magazine, Narrative, is on the Editorial Board of Trillium, an imprint of Ohio State University Press, and is a Trustee of Kenyon Review. Besides 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 every year in the grass roots cycling event, Pelotonia, to support cancer research. She is thrilled to bring a neighborhood indie bookstore to Bexley and to serve book lovers throughout central Ohio!

 

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.

 

Wally

STORE MASCOT
 

Wally is the Gramercy Books mascot. He is certified as a “canine good citizen” by the American Kennel Club. Wally delights in greeting Gramercy customers and in receiving a biscuit from Kittie’s. He has a monthly #WallyReads book selection that you can follow on Gramercy’s social media pages.

Marcy Ford

ASSISTANT MANAGER

Marcy has always been an avid reader. While her degrees from Ohio State are in social work, Marcy found time to volunteer in the library at her daughters’ school when they were younger. After experiencing some health issues, Marcy found her way to Gramercy Books and says, “There’s no better place for me than being surrounded by books and people who enjoy reading.”

Mattie Shepard

VIRTUAL MEDIA

Mattie has wanted to go into bookselling since she was twelve years old. She has spent time at Indy Reads Books and Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. Mattie has a degree in creative writing and loves to read science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance novels.

Ashley Walters

SUPERVISOR

Ashley has always drawn comfort from reading. Her degree in early childhood education led her to teaching until she decided to stay at home to bring up her three children. Since her children are older, Ashley’s dream to work at an indie bookstore is now a reality!

 

Katie Cerqua

BOOKSELLER

Growing up with a mother who was a librarian, Katie’s interest in reading began at a young age. So, it wasn’t surprising that she found herself working at a college Barnes and Noble after graduating, which revived her love of reading. Katie wanted to work at an independent bookstore and now she does!

Carly Briggs

BOOKSELLER

Carly graduated in 2020 as an English literature major at Capital University, where she served as editor-in-chief for Recap, Capital’s literary arts magazine. While she plans to attend Ohio State University for speech language pathology, Carly still has time to work at Gramercy Books. She enjoys everything from classic fiction and poetry to graphic novels!