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Bear Den Books: America's Least Pretentious Bookstore

That's right! You've found it! America's least pretentious bookstore.

Our Story

Nick Wendel and Tex Fry, Knoxville natives and University of Tennessee graduates, have loved books for a long time. They loved visiting bookstores all over the country and finding new and great reads. They never found a store that fit their style exactly, however.

In 2022 they had an idea. What if they started a bookstore of their very own in their beloved hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. Breweries and coffee shops were popping up everywhere, so why not a new bookstore to add to the awesome ones already in town? And not just any bookstore -- a bookstore with the personality of The Scruffy City. A place where you can love books and talk about them, but don't have to impress anyone at all. Fast forward to July 2022 and Bear Den Books is born.

Located in Knoxville's Sequoyah Hills neighborhood, Bear Den Books wants to serve our East Tennessee friends who already love books and hope to introduce others to the pleasure of reading. From westerns to biographies, and everything in between, we're here to help you find your new favorite book! Whatever you like to read, we are here to cheer you on. Everyone who walks through our door is immediately a friend of ours. 


Erick Baker

Above: The Bear Den Boys with local musician and children's author, Erick Baker


Find Your Next Read

Nick, Tex, Hannah, and Grace are always available to help answer any questions you have -- or to just talk books. Heck if you want to just relax in our comfy chairs and shoot the breeze, come on in!

Bear Den carries a wide range of titles, but we're especially proud of our Knoxville-specific and Children's books. Swing by and see us today or order online.