Changes in a Community … and How We Build Community

The closing of David-Kidd bookstore in Green Hills mall in Nashville means more to Nashvillians — especially book-industry-minded Nashvillians — than “there is going to be one less place to buy books.”  [See this article from The Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101111/BUSINESS/101111050/Davis-Kidd+book+store+to+close+in+Green+Hills]

Davis-Kidd bookstore is the place where book people in Nashville have held board meetings and had socials.  It is the place where publishers located in Nashville want to feature authors, the place where we at WordStream Publishing had hoped to one day have big launch parties.  Books will still sell, and customers will find their way to other stores and online vendors, but I have to wonder what the closing of Davis-Kidd bookstore will mean in other ways to the Nashville book community.  We’re losing our meeting place, not just another place to sell books.

Another venue will likely rise up, if it hasn’t already, to take the place of the soon-to-close David-Kidd meeting space and storefront, but all of this causes me to pause.  Not only are the ways we do book sales changing; the way we all connect with each other is changing, and has changed.  We meet more often now online via social networking and business linking sites.  While some probably look at the closing of this important meeting place for book folks as the loss of community, we should remember that there are even more effective ways to stay in touch — more regularly and in more in depth ways — by making the moves to online venues.  It might be a hard transition for some to ponder, but part of me does think that rather than losing anything, we can actually find ways to build an even stronger book community.  Let’s embrace it Nashville book people, and be sure to link up with each other.

Every person in the Nashville (and beyond) book community should especially be reminded of Humanities Tennessee, and save the link to their site as a favorite, and network with them to stay in touch with each other:

http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/

And, there are great groups on Linked In to consider: Network Nashville, Women’s National Book Association, Book’em, and many others.  (Linked In is a great way to find like-interest folks no matter what your community!)

All of this to say . . . “Let’s all get connected, and consider some great online sources and networks to help us build an even greater Nashville book community!”

Marti Williams, Publisher

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WordStream Publishing is an independent publisher with a focus on both print and digital formats. WordStream Publishing is committed to amplifying the voices of the most creative, inspiring, and progressive authors out there. We publish in a range of topics: memoir, contemplative life, peace and justice, spiritual disciplines, and historical fiction.
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