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Shop Dogs Conduct Annual Employee Reviews in Preparation for Independent Bookstore Day

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Hello, everyone. I, Opie, boss-dog of the shop dogs here at Parnassus Books, would like to thank you for joining me for this important business discussion. Let’s begin by having this year’s canine staff performance review, so that all of our four-legged booksellers can get their game in top form before this Saturday’s big event, Independent Bookstore Day. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

Big Whoop: Shop Dogs Declare These Books “Overrated”

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IMG_0476Hello. Sparky and company here. We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, are taking over Musing today to lay down some tough love. Call us brutal critics, but it’s honesty time, people. We don’t care what everyone’s saying — we just don’t get these books at all. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Not-Quite-Ready-for-the-Shop Dogs

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Hello. It’s me, Sparky. (That’s my Halloween costume. I was a pirate. Arrrf, matey.) I love this time of year, because things are super-busy at Parnassus Books. Visitors are coming in and out all the time, and the shop people are staffing up to help everyone get what they need for the upcoming holidays. We’ve got all hands and paws on deck to pitch in. Read the rest of this entry »