East Side Story is more than Nashville’s first, all-local bookstore. East Side Story is more than a platform for Nashville-area writers to tell their best story while igniting, teaching, and encouraging the spirit of reading and writing in others. East Side Story is an idea; a blank canvas for all local literary ideas to help make Music City more of a book town.
In the summer of 2012, Chuck Beard, a freelance writer, editor, and author, realized that there was a lack of opportunities and spotlights for local aspiring writers and published authors not known on a national scale to hone their craft and share their stories. Thus, the idea of Nashville’s “stubbornly local-centric book nook” grew from there.
East Side Story encourages, supports, cultivates, and provides a platform for local writers to tell their best story. Our goal is to be a viable outlet to share these stories online through this website and at the bookstore. East Side Story was first inspired by all of the creative talent that is evident in the Nashville area, and we hope to inspire and grow with this incredible community.