Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Parnassus Books: Ann Patchett's Bookstore Opens in Green Hills in October

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 1:32 PM

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Ann Patchett announced today that she'll be opening her bookstore, Parnassus Books, in October. The store will be located in Green Hills — in Greenbriar Village, the same strip as the Donut Den. As we've previously reported, Patchett will be opening the store with publishing veteran Karen Hayes, who will lead a customer service-based staff along with Mary Grey James, formerly of Ingram Content Co.

Patchett and her team seem to understand the necessity of bridging the gap between digital and printed literature, and the press release shows a marked focus on features in both mediums. The store will be stocked with fiction, nonfiction, children's books, local interest books and books on the arts — all in both printed and digital formats. There will be magazines, journals and greeting cards, and the store will also enable customers to buy e-books through its website and its affiliation with Google eBooks.

They've already set up a Facebook page, where there will be frequent updates on new releases and special events — such as meetings for the Parnassus First Edition Club, which sounds like a hybrid between a book club and a book-collecting class — and there will also be a corresponding website with monthly blog posts penned by Patchett.

Store hours will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Look for more updates on Parnassus Books as we receive them.

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