SOUTHERN BYWAYS BOOKSTORE PROJECT: LANDMARK BOOKSELLERS

Landmark Booksellers

Address: 114 East Main Street, Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-791-6400
Owner’s: Joel & Carol Tomlin
Website: www.landmarkbooksellers.com

I recently did a reading at this store and I can’t say enough good things about Joel and Carol, Landmark Bookseller’s wonderfully hospitable owners. The store itself is just as charming. Housed in a 200-year old antebellum Greek Revival building in the heart of Franklin, it comes complete with a quartet of stately columns to greet you out front. According to Joel, they were each formed from four separate giant poplar trees.

The place just oozes history. Andrew Jackson supposedly paid his troops here on the way back from the Battle of New Orleans, with the notorious John and Peggy Eaton living right across the street. The building was used as a hospital after the Battle of Franklin. It was a juke-joint in the early 1900s.

Fast-forwarding to today, the store currently offers more than 50,000 second-hand, out-of-print, and rare books as well as new books on all subjects. Their specialty, however, would best be described as “all things Southern,” both fiction and non-fiction. Due to the rich history of the area, they sell a good deal of regional history and Civil War. In regard to literature and fiction, Landmark boasts a collection of 2000 signed/first editions including most of your Southern authors.

Popular sellers with the bookstore’s avid fans include an array of Southern delights, including “Twilight” by William Gay, “Widow of the South” by Robert Hicks, “Summons to Memphis” by Peter Taylor, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, “The Civil War” by Shelby Foote, “Nashville, The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble” by James Lee McDonough, “Nathan Bedford Forrest” by Jack Hurst and “Devil’s Dream” by Madison Smartt Bell, just to mention a few.

And, I’m proud to say that my first novel “Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen” is also among the store’s top sellers!

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