Top Nashville Literary Destinations

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# Literary Destination

Bluebird Cafe
4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville 37215

The Bluebird Cafe is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms that has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music. The venue presents two shows a night, seven nights a week.


The Bookshop
1043 West Eastland Ave., Nashville 37206

The Bookshop (formerly known as Her Bookshop) is a cozy, inviting nook offering a specially curated selection of unique, highly designed books on a wide range of topics.


Defunct Books
1108 Woodland St. #A, Nashville 37206

Defunct Books has been in business since 2003 selling used, out-of-print, rare, and collectible books in all subjects.


Fairytales Bookstore
114 S. 11th Street, Nashville, 37206

Fairytales Bookstore is a children’s bookstore located in the heart of 5 Points in East Nashville and committed to community involvement and supporting local artists. They carry unique educational toys, games, books, and crafting supplies, sourcing eco-friendly vendors whenever possible.


Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University
419 21st Avenue South, Nashville 37203

The Special Collections Department preserves, stores and provides access to Vanderbilt University’s impressive collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and institutional archives.

Visit for parking information.

Current Exhibits:

  • Central Library Fourth Floor Lobby: “Edward Gorey” and “Fables & Fantasies - The Illustrations of J.J. Grandville”
  • Fine Arts Gallery: “Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom”

Landmark Booksellers
114 East Main Street, Franklin 37064

Located on Main Street in the heart of one of the South’s most celebrated small towns, we offer carefully curated new, old, and rare books covering a wide range of subjects and authors. Our passion is Southern Americana, Tennessee, regional and local history, culture, art, and literature. Featuring thousands of collectible signed first editions, hard-to-find editions of classic titles, as well as important new releases.


McKay Books
636 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 37209

McKay’s is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. People bring us their previously loved books, movies, video games, music, etc., and we offer them cash or store credit in return. Everything you find on our shelves was brought to us by other customers like you! And because of that, you truly never know what you’re going to find. Every visit to McKay’s is a unique adventure.


Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14, Nashville 37215

Parnassus Books is the independent bookstore for independent people located in Nashville, Tennessee. The shop has been co-owned by novelist Ann Patchett and her business partner, Karen Hayes, since it opened in 2011. Parnassus stocks an extensive and exciting selection of books including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, local interests, and the arts. The store also boasts an extensive local author section.


Rhino Booksellers
4918 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37209

Rhino Booksellers is a neighborhood bookstore, locally owned and operated, specializing in gently used books, collectible firsts, fine instruments, and vintage vinyl records. We love readers, musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, and photographers. Rhino is deeply committed to Nashville’s community of creative talent.


Third Man Records/Third Man Books
623 7th Avenue South, Nashville 37203

The publishing imprint of Third Man Records, TMB publishes poetry, non-fiction, fiction, speculative fiction, and more. The storefront is home to a 1947 Voice-o-graph recording booth that records up to 2.5 minutes of audio onto an instantly dispensed phonographic disc. The store is open to the public, but visitors can also set up behind the scenes tours by visiting


Watkins College Library Zine Collection
2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 37228

In 2007, Watkins College Library launched a collection of zines—self-published, small circulation, non-commercial materials—for the benefit of visitors to our library.