Shop Dog Diaries

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 »

The Shop Dogists: A Canine Book Review

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, received an assignment from our people last week: to “read” (or sample with any of our other senses) a new book called The Dogist. You may have read about it. Based in New York City, photographer Elias Weiss Friedman snaps photos of dogs on walks, out to play, and at rest for his popular Instagram account of the same name. Now those dogs have their own book, full of 1,000 friendly faces like these: Read the rest of this entry »

R is for Rocket, S is for Sparky (and Scooter!)

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If you hang around Parnassus Books enough, you certainly know Ann’s dog Sparky, and you may even have spotted his doppelgänger, Scooter. Although Scooter lives in Michigan, he often visits when his owner — a cruise ship magician (yes, really) — is traveling. These two can barely contain their excitement about New York Times bestselling author Tad Hills visiting Parnassus this Thursday, October 15, to celebrate his latest book, R is for Rocket. They LOVE Rocket. In hopes of recruiting their fictional friend and third lookalike to join the shop dog workforce, they decided to teach him a few things. After all, if Rocket can learn to read, surely he can learn to work in a bookstore? Read the rest of this entry »