East Side Story: Nashville’s Newest Bookstore Isn’t Even Open Yet, and It’s Already Attracting Attention
I stopped by the new East Nashville bookstore East Side Story on Wednesday to drop off some copies of A City of Ghosts. It’s a darling, cozy space in the 5 Points Collaborative full of books by local authors, both traditionally and self-published.
I was there right before the folks from Southern Living. Yes, that’s right. The store doesn’t officially open until this weekend and it’s already attracting the attention of Southern Living. They have a lovely blog post full of information about the bookstore and its proprietor, Chuck Beard. (Chuck is also the editor of Number arts magazine.)
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 by 16 feet), he’s coming up with creative ways to make spaces for readings and workshops.
The space is small, but there’s something about it how it’s arranged and the way that Beard inhabits it with a kind of jolly enthusiasm that makes you feel cozy, not cramped. Just in the brief time I was in there, I felt like Beard could have put his finger on five things I might like to read.
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