Parnassus Books will open in October in Green Hills’ Greenbriar Village, the owners of the bookstore announced Wednesday.
Greenbriar Village is located where Abbott Martin Road T-intersects with Hillsboro Pike and includes, among other well-recognized tenants, The Donut Den.
Parnassus Books co-owners author Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes said in a release the store will focus on customer service. The staff is to be headed by Karen Hayes and Mary Grey James, formerly of Ingram Content Company.
The bookstore's opening comes on the heels of the recent closings of Davis-Kidd Booksellers and Border's.
The store will stock literature, non-fiction, children’s, local interests, and the arts in both printed and digital formats.
In addition, the store will carry greeting cards and journals, magazines and newspapers, locally produced products and art, and store-branded merchandise.
Parnassus Books will enable customers to buy e-books through its website and its affiliation with Google eBooks.
The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Customers will be able to sign up for the “Parnassus First Edition Club” which will offer a series of collector-worthy titles signed by nationally and locally known authors.
The store’s media outreach will include an email newsletter with store news, events, and staff recommendations, as well as a Facebook page with updates about newly released titles and events. Parnassus Books will also have a website featuring a monthly blog Patchett will pen.
Patchett and Hayes said in the release that as Mt. Parnassus was the center of Greek learning and culture, Parnassus Books will “serve as a center for Nashville’s literary community by hosting author readings, workshops, book clubs, and music events.”