Nine Lovable Indie Bookshops In Nashville

After kicking things off with bookshop roundups of Chicago and St. Louis booksellers, we’re now heading to Nashville.

These Nashville booksellers offer up a variety of thrilling reads and a place to scavenge for your new favorite, whether you’re looking for a holiday gift for a bookish friend or something for your own shelf.

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Photo credit: Parnassus Books

Parnassus Books, Green Hills
One of the biggest indies in the city, Parnassus is co-owned by writer Ann Patchett, offering a wide selection of titles plus robust author-event and book club programming.

Howlin’ Books, Edgehill
Located inside record shop Grimey’s Too, Howlin’ Books specializes in music and pop-culture reads, but also offers children’s books and modern literature.

Books at Cummins Station, Downtown
Right across from former railroad terminal Union Station, Books at Cummins Station is a used bookstore with floor-to-ceiling shelves and stacks of books anywhere they’ll fit. Browsing at Cummins Station is like playing a game of Jenga—with books, instead of wood blocks.

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Photo credit: Her Book Shop

Her Book Shop, East Nashville
Her Book Shop is a self-described “nook for people who love beautiful books.” With a stylish interior, this book shop is particularly well-stocked with art and contemporary literature selections.

 

Rhino Booksellers, Green Hills and Clifton/Southwest
Selling used, new and “endangered” books, this neighborhood bookstore and vinyl shop is a great spot to look for first editions and rare books.

Atomic, East End
Known for its eclectic collection of books and music, Atomic relocated to Five Points in October—and to a new storefront right across from Fanny’s House of Music.

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Photo credit: McKay’s Books

McKay’s Books, Bellevue
It’s hard to believe McKay’s is real unless you’ve been there. A positively enormous used bookshop, you can literally get lost in this store’s rows of books. You’re sure to find an armful of great reads while you wander.

Defunct Books, East End
Specializing in “unusual” books, Defunct has books in every category but specializes in rare and collectible titles. The perfect place to shop for bibliophiles.

Fairytales Bookstore, East End
The go-to spot for children’s books, Fairytales is a cute and colorful shop with loads of titles to choose from, in addition to toys and art supplies.

Cover image by Jamie Taylor.

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