Shop Dog Diaries

Life’s a Sitcom… For the Shop Dogs

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Did you see the interview Ann Patchett did with the American Booksellers Association last week, where she said working in a bookstore is “like being in a sitcom”? It’s true, although what you probably didn’t know is that she’s not talking about the human booksellers. She’s talking about us, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books. Read the rest of this entry »

The Secret Lives of Books

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This is a special investigative report by the shop dogs of Parnassus Books. Have you seen the film, The Secret Life of Pets? We haven’t, because dogs aren’t allowed in theaters, but we get the gist. And while we know that the idea of dogs getting into mischief when no one’s looking is totally ludicrous, we have our suspicions about what the books in our store have been doing when the shop-people aren’t here.  Read the rest of this entry »

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.  Read the rest of this entry »

Announcing Our New Service: Parnassus on Paws

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In this day and age, you’ve got to get creative if you want to thrive in the bookselling world. That’s why we, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, are pleased to unveil our latest innovative retail solution — a same-day book delivery service called Parnassus on Paws. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at how it will work: Read the rest of this entry »

Parnassus on Wheels: Nashville’s Bookmobile Hits the Road

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There’s a new bookseller in town, and her name is Peggy.  Read the rest of this entry »

Color Your Own Shop Dog Valentines!

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Coloring books are all the rage these days, so the shop people say. And we get it — everyone likes to disappear into a creative activity and relax. But you know what else is relaxing? Patting a shop dog. Also, giving a shop dog a biscuit. Reading a story to a shop dog, too. All of these activities are just as relaxing as coloring, if not more. Read the rest of this entry »

Everyone Loves a Surprise (Even the Shop Dogs)

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In these days of wish-lists and registries, the element of surprise has been all but lost. As satisfying as it is to receive something you’ve specifically asked for, it’s even more delightful to open up something you’d never have thought to ask for but which you love just the same — isn’t it?  Read the rest of this entry »