Nashville’s New Literary Hub: East Side Story

August 8, 2012 | By | Comments (6)
open doors Nashvilles New Literary Hub: East Side Story

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Deal

Nashville is a good place to be a writer these days. Literary salons like Nashville Public Library’s Salon 615 , Chet Weise’s reading series, and   Ann Patchett’s Parnassus Books have helped spark a renaissance in the city’s literary culture.

Starting Saturday there’s even more of a reason for fans of good writing to celebrate when East Side Story bookstore opens to the public.  The owner, Chuck Beard, and his wife Emily Harper Beard, are stocking the shelves this week in time for their grand opening, to coincide with the popular Tomato Arts Festival.

East Side Story sets itself apart because of its focus on Nashville authors. “Here the stars are local writers, whose books will be right next to New York Times Bestsellers,” Chuck says. He knows the importance of supporting local writers — a self-published author, he’s passionate about giving talent a chance to be seen and read.

And he’s serious about his commitment to supporting locals — 80% of the titles will be from them. Among the works he’ll stock include those from emerging writer Kathryn Williams and acclaimed novelist and country songwriter Alice Randall.

The bookstore is located inside the 5 Points Collaborative, an East Nashville business incubator that launched last year.  The “Idea Hatchery” provides small businesses like the East Side Bookstore a place to get started.

Chuck developed the concept for the East Side Story after getting involved with Nashville’s arts and culture scene and realizing the need for a place that brought writers and artists together.  Literary journals and self-published novels will line the shelves next to local art. And though the space is small (16×16), he’s coming up with creative ways to make spaces for readings and workshops.

East Side Story is located at 1108 Woodland St, Unit. B, Nashville. (615)915-1808. Follow them on Twitter @eastsidestorytn or on Facebook here

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    October 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm
  2. Margaret McMillion

    I can vouch for Chuck Beard’s salesmanship!
    My husband and I drove from Lewisburg, TN to Chuck’s East Side Story Book Store in Nashville, TN and left four copies of my book, Personal Baggage, A Tale of Marriage, Medicine, and Murder, which he had agreed to sell for me. By the time we returned to Lewisburg, Chuck had left us an email stating that one of the copies had already sold!!

    September 10, 2012 at 10:22 am
  3. Jessie Ammons

    Even more of a reason to visit one of my favorite cities soon!

    August 13, 2012 at 10:17 am
  4. Jeff

    Congrats on a great idea. Hope you all the success in the world.

    August 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm
  5. erinshawstreet

    Thanks for commenting Becky. We’d love to hear about your experience when you visit.

    August 10, 2012 at 7:32 am
  6. Becky

    Can’t wait to visit.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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