Parnassus Books, Ketchikan’s independent bookstore, was established in 1985 by Ms. Lillian Ference, our “Owner Emeritus.” It was formerly located upstairs in the Star Building on Creek Street, the historical red light district of Ketchikan. The “Star”, as it was called in the old days, was formerly a dance hall – with a few rooms upstairs for “extracurricular” activities. Maggie Freitag bought Parnassus from Lillian in 2004 and has recently sold the store and retired, but not before relocating the bookstore to a street-level storefront at 105 Stedman.
New owners Charlotte and Dave Kiffer have maintained the unique atmosphere for both locals and visitors. Parnassus features a vast collection of subjects, including Alaskan and Pacific Northwest Native art and cultures, Alaskana, IndieBound Bestsellers, books for children, literary classics, poetry, fine art books, cookbooks, a large assortment of greeting cards, gifts and much more!
Charlotte and Dave are always happy to order titles that aren’t on the shelf or search for the out-of-print titles you’re looking for.