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Literary Lights: Come See Beautiful New Installations from Local Artists

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“Look up, people,” says Ann Patchett. “There’s an astonishing piece of art floating just above your heads.”

“One of the best things about having more space in the bookstore is thinking up creative uses for it,” says Ann Patchett. It didn’t take long after the store’s renovation was complete for Ann and shop co-owner Karen Hayes to decide the shop needed not only more books, but more art.  Read the rest of this entry »

New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want to Keep

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New year, new you? We like the old you just fine (we think you’re perfect, actually), but if you want to challenge yourself to be a bolder, happier, healthier book-lover in 2017, we’re down with that idea. Here are some resolutions for a year full of literary joy: Read the rest of this entry »

A Shop Dog’s Wish (+ 17 Worthy Causes to Support This Holiday Season)

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From all of us, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, to all of you — our human and canine bookloving friends — we wish joy and peace. Please enjoy our annual holiday greeting. (See above. This year it’s a special story about how we all helped Opie.) And if there’s any way we can help you in these last days of 2016 — snuggles? noseprints on your glasses? — just let us know. We’re at your loyal service. Here’s our schedule for the next couple of weeks: Read the rest of this entry »

The Big List: Part Two (Books for Young Readers)

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Just as they do with food, clothes, and, well, pretty much everything, children and teens have specific tastes when it comes to reading, which can make it seem daunting to give books as gifts. Never fear! The good news is that if you can tell us a bit about their personality or a book they’ve liked in the past, we can help you find a whole pile of others they’ll love. And don’t fret if you have a young person on your list who’s a more reluctant reader. We can help you introduce them to the fun of reading by selecting books about the things that interest them. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big List: Part One (Books for Adults)

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First, a disclaimer: If you’re a family member or close friend of one of our booksellers, you might want to glance away for a minute. Otherwise, you may find out what you’re getting for Christmas. 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 »