Birth of a Bookstore




Acclaimed novelist Ann Patchett was facing a cultural void in her hometown of Nashville after a popular independent bookstore closed.  But rather than spend time wringing her hands about it, she decided to do something about it.  The result is Parnassus Books, a new independent bookstore opened by Patchett and business partner Karen Hayes late last year. The rise of e-books and online sales has caused a steady decline in the number of independent booksellers in this country, so this new bookstore represents a small beacon of hope that the trend could be reversed.  Do you believe that e-books are the wave of the future, with nothing to be done, or will bookstores survive?  After all, you can’t meet your favorite author on a website, or be in the same room with him or her as they share their newest pages with you.  If you haven’t visited the Tattered Cover or Powell’s lately, what are you waiting for?

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