New bookstore—“East Side Story”—opening soon

by Dave Carew

Major kudos to Chuck Beard, the local good guy who plans to open a new indie bookstore, East Side Story, in East Nashville by Saturday, August 11.

To be located beside Art & Invention at Five Points, East Side Story will, according to The Tennessean, be “the home for local writers. It will promote and sell published and self-published books of all sizes and genres. The only rule is that a local author—one who lives or works in Nashville and the surrounding area—must write the work.”

Not to whine, but to let you know the score: When I published my novels Voice from the Gutter and Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville—both of which were written and set in Nashville—the novels received very positive reviews, yet no local bookstore showed the slightest interest in carrying the books or having a book signing.  Here’s hoping East Side Story will dramatically reverse that experience for local authors.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.


Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on Saturday, August 18. Thank you.


Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew




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