Yesterday evening, I was working on my computer when a news bulletin appeared in my email. Joseph-Beth Booksellers is closing. That was it. That was the headline. Another victim of these hard economic times.

Even though I have read several obituaries in the past two years in Shelf Awareness about other wonderful indies forced to close their doors, this is different. This is family.

Davis-Kidd, Nashville, has been my hometown store since I moved back to Nashville four years ago. And they have enthusiastically supported me every step of the way on this publishing journey. I debuted Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen there and released The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove there. The Davis-Kidd staff is professional, creative, knowledgeable, kind-hearted, and they have become friends.

On a deeper level, I am grieving that books seem to have lost their place in our society, that literature no longer seems to be of value, a foundation, like all the other arts, on which we can build a stimulating, enriching, thinking community. Maybe I am blowing things out of proportion. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just too sad today to see things any other way.

Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:49 am · 4 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Joanna McNeal, November 12th, 2010, 8:03 am

    Susan, I feel exactly the same. Although I live about 70 miles from Nashville, there is nowhere else to attend bookish events. Anytime I see an author (except for the once-a-year Southern Festival), it has always been at Davis-Kidd. I also try to always link to their events on my blog. Very sad.
  2. Wendy Stephens, November 12th, 2010, 8:14 am

    Susan, I also grieve the loss of Davis-Kidd. It was always a must whenever I was in Nashville. But you should find a copy of Bound to Last,a wonderful collections of authors essays released this month describing the wonderful, lasting and totemic relationships between readers and books. Maybe it will buoy you a little.
  3. Leisa Hammett, November 15th, 2010, 11:06 am

    Susan, you're mentioned here: http://leisahammett.typepad.com/the_journey_with_grace/2010/11/this-analog-girl-clings-to-her-real-books-and-mourns-the-loss-of-davis-kidd.html

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