Things We Love: Picks from Linda Kass

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Linda Kass, who grew up on Columbus's East Side, is the owner of Gramercy Books, a new indie bookstore in Bexley. Trained as a journalist, she worked as a magazine reporter and correspondent for regional and national publications, as well as a communications and public affairs executive within the cable television and broadcasting industries. During the nearly 30 years since she returned to Columbus, she's been active in the education, literacy and arts communities alongside her life as a writer, most recently as a novelist with her debut work of historical fiction,Tasa's Song(May 2016, She Writes Press), inspired by her mother's early life in eastern Poland during World War II.

Besides all things books, here are a few things she loves:

Giuseppe's Ritrovo

Besides being the best Italian restaurant in Columbus, Giuseppe's Ritrovo is a vibrant gathering place for foodies near and far, and the catalyst for Bexley's vibrant Main Street development. Located right across from Capital University, Giuseppe's has been family-owned and family-run since Giuseppe and Vesna Mangano opened this community treasure in May of 1996. I love hanging out at Giuseppe's and I do so often. But I did miss Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones last May when they dined at my favorite eating spot the night before their show at the Shoe.


I've tooled around on a bicycle since childhood, so it seemed pretty natural to join the Pelotonia movement when it was created in 2008 with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. With cancer having touched my family and many friends over the years, Pelotonia has turned me into an avid long-distance road cyclist. I love to cycle and I love to raise funds to enhance cancer research.

Attending live concerts

Whether it's listening to the Bobby Floyd Trio at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza, catching Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan perform at Nationwide Arena, or attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, I love the experience of live music. I have an eclectic taste in music, and I've made sure that Gramercy Books has a well-curated section of titles by musicians and about music.

The Drexel Theatre

Ever since taking a film course as an undergraduate at University of Pennsylvania, I've been hooked. There's no better place in central Ohio to see quality independent films and the best of Hollywood and international cinema than the Drexel Theatre. It's a community staple, a film-lover haven and a cultural jewel for the greater Columbus community. And it's been recently renovated from top to bottom. Three recent films I loved: "The Queen of Katwe," "Loving" and "Manchester by the Sea."

From libraries to author talks

Besides my love of reading a great book, or trying to write one, I love visiting libraries and bookstores wherever I go. Local libraries are community treasures. And I've loved exploring bookstores from coast to coast, from Seattle's Elliot Bay Book Company to Miami's Books & Books to the Florida Panhandle's Sundog Books. Catching an author talk at any of these venues is an added bonus!