Summer Celebrations! A Scavenger Hunt, Shop Dogs’ Birthday Party, and Harry Potter Pre-Orders


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Score shop dog buttons and more in this summer’s scavenger hunt!

We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, are running the store this month and would like to invite you to join us for a game! It’s kind of like fetch, but a little different. 

We have hidden 25 paw prints around Nashville. Can you find them all?

Bear demonstrates how to participate in the paw print scavenger hunt: First, walk into a store. Second, look for a little yellow paw print like this.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick up a passport at Parnassus Books starting July 1.
  2. Collect a signature at each participating Nashville store where you find a paw print.
  3. When you’ve collected at least 10 different signatures, show your passport at Parnassus to claim your FREE shop dog button. When you’ve got 20 different signatures, come back, and you’ll be entered to win one of several great prizes!
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Paw prints not quite drawn to Mary Todd Lincoln’s scale, obviously.

If you look closely, you can find paw prints at these Nashville establishments. While you’re searching, you might discover a few great shops you haven’t visited before!

Ash Blue (2170 Bandywood Drive)
Beveled Edge (73 White Bridge Pike)
Brilliant Sky Toys and Books (2002 Richard Jones Road)
Chinatown (3900 Hillsboro Pike, Greenbriar Shopping Center)
Cute and Comfy Shoes (4121 Hillsboro Pike)
Fox’s Donut Den (3900 Hillsboro Pike, Greenbrier Shopping Center)
Dotted Line (2141 Bandywood Drive)
First Tennessee Bank (4014 Hillsboro Rd.)
Fleet Feet (3900 Hillsboro Pike, Greenbriar Shopping Center)
Great Harvest (3900 Hillsboro Pike, Greenbrier Shopping Center)
Imogene + Willie (12th Ave. South)
Las Paletas (12th Ave. South)
Levy’s (3900 Hillsboro Pike, Greenbriar Shopping Center)
Little Gourmand (2209 Bandywood Drive)
Lonnie Young Children’s Shoes (2203 Bandywood Drive)
Painted Cupcake (2014 Glen Echo Road)
The Paper Place (2136 Bandywood Dr.)
Parnassus Books!
Parnassus on Wheels (bookmobile – location changes)
Paul LeQuire & Co. (3900 Hillsboro Pike, Greenbriar Shopping Center)
The Perfect Pair (4103 Hillsboro Cir.)
Plaid Rabbit (2164 Bandywood Dr.)
Stitch-It & Co. (4101 Hillsboro Circle)
Ten Thousand Villages (3900 Hillsboro Pike, Greenbrier Shopping Center)
White’s Mercantile (12th Ave. South)

Can you sniff out the paw prints hidden in Nashville stores? Opie can.
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Hint from Sparky: Check for a paw print on Parnassus on Wheels. (Find the bookmobile’s whereabouts here.)
(Fine print: Readers and dog-lovers of all ages are welcome to participate, but prize drawing eligibility is limited to children ages 14 and younger. Limit: one entry per participant.)

The game ends with a grand celebration, including the scavenger hunt prize drawing. We hope you’ll join us for:

The Shop Dogs’ Birthday Party
Monday, August 1, at 3 p.m.
at Parnassus Books 

Note: We love toys and treats as much as the next dog, but we really don’t need anything new and would be so grateful if you’d consider, in lieu of gifts for us, something from the Nashville Humane Association’s wish list to donate.

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Whose birthday is it? We don’t even know! We can’t read calendars, and most of us were adopted or rescued after we were born. But as you can see from Belle’s hat, we can’t wait to celebrate birthdays in general.

But that’s not all . . .

Something else very special is happening at the end of July, and we can’t wait:

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he’s an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-aged children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay in the past, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse, both father and son learn that darkness can come from unexpected places.

The eighth story. Nineteen years later. J.K. Rowling returns to the wizarding world of Harry Potter with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, this new play by Jack Thorne is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. And at midnight on July 30, the play will be released as a book.

Pre-order your copy NOW right here. The first 120 to pre-order from Parnassus Books will receive an exclusive ticket that admits you and a guest to our countdown-to-midnight book release party! Tickets are required for party admission and must be presented at the door.

Not one of the first 120 orders? Worry not! When you pre-order your book, you’ll receive your number for a spot in the midnight book line, which will assemble at 11:45 p.m. Line numbers are assigned in the order in which the pre-orders are placed, so pre-order NOW to reserve an early spot in line!

Pre-ordered books will be distributed at Parnassus beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 31 (the night of Saturday, July 30). If that’s past your bedtime, we’ll be open extended hours on Sunday, too, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Will you be in costume for the new Harry Potter release? We will. Book-beagle Eleanor Roosevelt thinks this summer is shaping up to be magical.