Shop Dog Diaries

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 »

Reasonable Resolutions for Shop Dogs (Plus 3 Books for People)

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New year, new you, the saying goes. But we, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, wonder — what if you like the old you just fine? As we gallop into 2018, we feel quite content to keep working on the same goals we’ve always had: enjoying daily naps, making new friends every day, and taking a deep inhale from a fresh book as often as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Needs Elves When You Have Shop Dogs?

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(Frankie isn’t really worried about elves — she always has that expression of concern on her face.)

Happy holidays! We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, have been hearing lots of talk about elves lately, and we’d like to set everyone straight about something. Those little guys from the North Pole may show up once a year to help with Christmas — which, nice try, elves, thanks for jumping in — but the critters who really make the book-joy happen all year long are right here on the floor of your neighborhood bookstore. So forget the elves on your shelves — you’ve got the dogs from this blog! Read the rest of this entry »

How Billy Collins and Dan Rather Really Feel About Dogs

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, have been doing some research. All the shop people are talking about two visitors coming to Nashville soon, and we wanted to know what all the excitement was about. So we decided to look into it: who are “Billy Collins” and “Dan Rather”? Read the rest of this entry »

Let Us Tell You ’bout Our Friend Leonard

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Once upon a time, there was a dog named Leonard. We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, would like to tell you about him. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Tour Perk: Dog Love

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, would like to highlight one of the services we offer visiting authors: friendly canine companionship. Traveling to promote your book and need some fuzzy four-legged encouragement? Feeling sad about leaving your own dog at home? We are just the creatures to suit your pooch-affection needs! Read the rest of this entry »

What Do You Give a Bookmobile for Its Birthday?

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, love a birthday. When a shop-person has a birthday, there are cake crumbs on the staff room floor and lots of hugging and singing and sometimes clapping, which always makes Opie bark. So we were extremely excited to hear that Peggy, the Parnassus on Wheels bookmobile, would be celebrating her first birthday and hitting the road to celebrate all over Nashville. We wanted to get her a present! Read the rest of this entry »

Easier Said Than Done: Picture Day

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Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 9.08.36 AM.pngHello, people. We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, need to tell you something that may surprise you: it turns out we’re not good at everything. Sometimes, we screw up. This has perhaps never been so true as during our recent attempt to take employee badge photos. 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 »

Shop Dogs: What We’ve Learned from Doug the Pug

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It’s important to remember that Parnassus book events are more than just entertainment — they’re learning opportunities. That’s why we, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, will be taking notes when celebri-dog Doug the Pug stops by this Saturday, November 12. Read the rest of this entry »