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Reading With Gramercy

After three years of planning, Gramercy Books opened in Bexley. The locally-owned neighborhood bookstore was envisioned as a warm, welcoming venue for book lovers. 

Linda Kass, owner and founder, along with John Gaylord (co-owner and general manager) and Debbie Boggs (store manager and buyer) has created that space.

Gramercy Books stocks plenty of bestsellers, recent releases, and has a well appointed children’s section. But, as the owner, Kass says that some things come from her own tastes. Like a section devoted to music, a strong poetry and literary fiction selection, a section for local authors and local topics, and a commitment to books from independent presses alongside that of the mainstream publishers.

For Kass, it’s this curated selection, knowledgeable staff, and a community-building atmosphere with frequent events that makes Gramercy unique. 

“I love seeing people’s reactions when they come into the store,” says Kass. “There’s instant satisfaction I notice in their body language,” she says. “I love the community engagement I’m observing at our author events, readings, songwriter performances and book club discussions.”

“Just the other day, a customer wrote in and said we were a treasure and that we bring ‘an abundance of joy, sharing, education, information, book love, and wonderful events and authors to the community of Bexley and beyond,'” Kass says.  “This is what we’ve strived to do since the day we opened!” 

Kass also shares how you can check out the exciting and diverse programs Gramercy Books is offering to end the year. Including:

  • Craig McDonald, Head Games: The Graphic Novel (a graphic novelist)
  • Laurel Davis Huber, The Velveteen Daughter (a historical novelist)
  •  Robert Olmstead’s ninth book, Savage Country
  •  Sarah Menkedick, Homing Instincts (a book about being a mother)
  • Two book launches
    • Hanif Willis-Aburraqib’s first book of essays
    • Michael J. Rosen’s first book of poetry in 20 years

Their popular monthly Gramercy Book Club will be featuring Arundhati Roy’s new book, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, facilitated by OSU English scholar Pranav Jani.

There’s also a November sale going on right now ($100 purchase and you get a free 2018 Book Lovers Page-A-Day Calendar. And they’ll offer a 15% discount for canned food donations for Mid-Ohio Food Bank that are brought to the store on Saturday, November 25 (Small Business Saturday).  

Additionally, Gramercy Books will have 20% off all merchandise on their December 12 Birthday. And they’ll have a December holiday promotion where every $100 in gift certificates that gets purchased, someone gets a free $10 gift certificate.
Learn more about Gramercy Books by visiting online at You can also see all of Gramery Books’s November events listed on their EVENTS page.

Be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter: @GramercyBexley, and Instagram: @GramercyBooksBexley.



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