Read into it what you will: locally owned bookstores have popped up around Knoxville, hosting book clubs and story times and special events. Why not do some shelf browsing yourself? Here are five great options:
Union Ave Books: Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, Union Ave Books opened its doors in 2011 and has been helping folks find just the right read ever since. Known for bringing in authors for talks and hosting book clubs, Union Ave is a community gathering spot.
Addison’s: Wander over to the 100 block of Gay Street and soak in the clubby atmosphere at Addison’s, which specializes in rare and old books. You’ll find some first edition collectibles as well as more common titles on their shelves. A monthly group gathers to discuss a classic, and the store also hosts occasional classes and special events.
Bear Den Books: Over in Sequoyah Hills, Bear Den Books welcomes book lovers for a browse or a chat. They’re especially proud of their children’s collection and local titles. The atmosphere is Scruffy City comfy casual. Drop in and say hi.
The Bottom: On Magnolia Ave. in East Knoxville, The Bottom offers a curated collection of Black affirming, empowering and authored literature for all ages. The Bottom also offers book subscription services for multiple age groups, and invites writers, artists, activists and creatives to use their space for their work.
Fable Hollow Coffee & Bookshoppe: If magical adventures and dragon slaying is your literary jam, mount your trusty steed and head to Fable Hollow in North Knoxville, where fantasy fiction rules the day. You can even become a Knight of the Hollow for book discounts, invites to special events and more.