Michael Chabon on Defying Labels and Finding Your People

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Bookstore dilemma: Where to shelve a book that’s not entirely fiction but not 100% memoir? That’s what we had to contemplate when we unboxed Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon’s new book of “speculative autobiography,” Moonglow. Read the rest of this entry »

Shop Indie, Save the World (Or at Least Your Corner of It)

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Hey, we get it. The holidays — joyful and special as they are — often feel chaotic. The good news is that we’re dedicated to making it easier and more fun for you to find gifts for everyone on your list. The even better news is that when you visit independent shops like Parnassus this season, not only will you make the holidays happier for you and yours, but you’ll touch lives throughout your whole community. How does shopping local make such a difference? Take a look . . . Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Shelter

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I had meant to write a post about my adventures on book tour, but book tour just isn’t interesting anymore. A lot of things that seemed attention-worthy up until the evening of November 8th have fallen flat for me. I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out what I should be doing now, today, in order to be helpful to my country and my community. I would like to be useful and loving. I would like to fill my toolbox with decency, kindness and respect, patience and bravery. You know, live by example. What to do? What to do? Read the rest of this entry »

Once upon a time . . .

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It was November of 2011 when two women in Nashville did what everyone said was impossible (or at least crazy): they opened a bookstore while bookstores everywhere were closing. Introduced by mutual friend Mary Grey James, novelist Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes became friends and business partners when they decided to work together to fill the hole left by Nashville’s shuttered bookstores. They named their new venture Parnassus Books. Read the rest of this entry »

Shop Dogs: What We’ve Learned from Doug the Pug

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It’s important to remember that Parnassus book events are more than just entertainment — they’re learning opportunities. That’s why we, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, will be taking notes when celebri-dog Doug the Pug stops by this Saturday, November 12. Read the rest of this entry »

30+ Books to Make Your Days Different

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In honor of the many exciting author events on the Parnassus calendar this month, we’ve borrowed a title for the theme of our November book picks: Today Will Be Different. Read the rest of this entry »

Last-Minute Costume Idea for Booknerds: Elena Ferrante

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First: a little background. As you may be aware, no one really knows who Elena Ferrante is. Or, to clarify — we know she’s the author of the beloved and bestselling Neopolitan novels, but until recently, all we knew about her as a person was her pen name, Elena Ferrante. Her identity was a closely-held secret. Read the rest of this entry »