Novelist Ann Patchett hopes to open a bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee with Random House sales rep Karen Hayes.
Last year the parent company of Joseph-Beth Booksellers and Davis-Kidd Booksellers filed for bankruptcy, closing (among other stores) the Davis-Kidd Booksellers–leaving Nashville without a bookstore. In the Book Case video embedded above, Patchett discussed the bookstore problem.
Patchett explained in an interview with the Boston Phoenix: “I don’t know if it’s the craziest idea in the world, but I cannot live in a city without a book store. It is so weird to have a book coming out when there are no book stores here. I think we’ve got to get back to a 3000-square-foot store and not 30,000. Amazon is always going to have everything — you can’t compete with that. But there is, I believe, still a place for a store where people read books.” (Via Matt Staggs & Maud Newton)