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Story Time

Join us every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. for story time with young Reading Rockers! We bring out the quilts and gather in our used book room for 15 to 20 minutes to read a picture book together. We love gathering with the children and helping them learn to love reading as much as we do! Saturday story times are led by our shop owner, Angela, or local special guests or visiting authors.

Pre-Order Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

ibg.common.titledetailHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth Harry Potter story, and the first to officially be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

**UPDATE** We are no longer taking pre-orders for store pick-up. If you wish to have your copy mailed to you, please order your book here.

Join us for a magical night, as we celebrate the release of the eighth Harry Potter story, at our midnight release party! Full details here: Harry Potter Midnight Release Party.

Southern Festival of Books

For the first time, we have a booth at the Southern Festival of Books! If you’ve found our site because you stopped by our booth, welcome! If you’re one of our loyal regulars thinking of going to the festival (it runs Oct. 9-11 on the Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville), be sure to stop by and see us at booth #50.


The most popular items in our booth are these novel journals and the new, illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. If you didn’t grab one in our booth, you can still get it from our online store.

Local Authors at Independent Bookstore Day

We have confirmation that nine local authors will be coming to Reading Rock on Saturday for Independent Bookstore Day! They will be signing books from 3-4:30pm this Saturday, May 2. Here’s the list:

M. Sue Alexander – Author of the apocalyptic, Christian “Resurrection Dawn” series and Tomorrow’s Promise.

Terry Coats – President of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Preservation Society and author of Next Stop on Grandpa’s Road.

Ann Rauscher Smith Hagler – Author of The Settling Place, a historical novel set in Erin, TN, based on the real-life shooting death of her great grandfather.

Hannah Heinz – Contributor to Balance for Busy Moms: Cook Your Way to Health.

Sarah Jacobs – Author of Divorce and a Strategy for Happiness, a memoir/self-help book about what it was like to find herself alone and starting over after 30 years as a Christian homemaker.

Kim Leady – Author of Once a Vagabond, Angels in the Window, and Once Last Ride and she’s been a customer of Reading Rock practically since the day we opened!

D. Alan Lewis – Award-winning author of The Blood in the Snowflake Garden and many other books and stories, most often in the fantasy, horror, and steampunk genres.

Tracy Lucas – Owner of Smash Cake Press and Inkwell Basics (a workshop business) and volunteer with the Nashville Writers Meetup Group. Tracy is the creator of several journals called Hook Books, which are visual writing-prompt journals with room to write.

Betsy Thorpe – Author of The Day the Whistles Cried, a historical account of the worst train wreck in US history, which occurred in Nashville.

Books That Changed Your Life: J.T. Ellison

Store favorite and NYT-bestselling author J.T. Ellison will be coming back to Reading Rock on May 28th at 6:30pm. We’ll start out the evening with a short update on her books and writing (she’s written two books with Catherine Coulter since her last visit to Reading Rock), and then she’ll be signing copies of What Lies Behind, her newest book and the fourth in the Dr. Samantha Owens series.

As part of Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, we asked J.T. for a list of books that changed her life. Come to the store that day and see our display of books that helped make J.T. the fabulous writer she is today. Here’s her list (the comments are hers):



Mind Prey
Every Dead Thing
Running Blind


Mind Prey by John Sandford, which inspired the Taylor Jackson series
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly inspired my ever-evolving writing style
Running Blind by Lee Child, for the most evocative autopsy scene ever


The Deathly Hallows
Here Be Dragons

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, one of the best books ever written (I’ve read it 9 times)
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, one of the finest examples of how to end a series
Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman, which spurred a lifelong love of Arthurian legends


Forever by Judy Blume – um… first sex?
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Book VII of Plato’s Republic – The Allegory of the Cave – got me into graduate school

Ghost Story

Ghost Story by Peter Straub, the scariest book I’ve ever read, taught me I HATE to be scared
My all-time favorite is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


We cherish our relationship with J.T. Ellison and the other wonderful Tennessee authors who support us. Thanks, J.T.!

Independent Bookstore Day: May 2