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East Dallas
Lucky Dog Books
10534 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
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Oak Cliff
Lucky Dog Books
911 W. Jefferson
N. Oak Cliff
Dallas, TX 75208
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Paperbacks Plus
108 E. Davis St.
Mesquite, TX 75149
[Closed Tuesdays]
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East Dallas:
Mon-Sat: 9am-9pm
Sun: 11am-7pm

Mon-Sat: 9am-9pm
Sun: 11am-7pm
(X Tue - Closed)

Oak Cliff:
Mon-Sun: Noon-9pm

DART Schedules

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  • Wholesale
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  • Book Boxes
  • Various Links

  • History
    The bookstores known today as Paperbacks Plus and Lucky Dog Books opened in downtown Mesquite in 1974. Click here to read the beginning of a history that chronicles the early years from 1973-1984 and/or here to read a story that ran in the Mesquite News about our 40th anniversary event and/or here for a feature published in the Sunday, September 8, 2013, edition of The Dallas Morning News with 4 photos including the one below by Kye R. Lee (taken during the Lochwood years on Garland Road before our move to Casa Linda Plaza in the summer of 2017).

    And another short video from the Lakewood years.

    Here is a link to the KERA 90.1 FM radio show that aired June 9, 2014, featuring several local bookstores including Lucky Dog Books.

    We've compiled a map of Dallas area bookstores past and present that you might like to check out. Let us know of others that should be added.

    Oak Cliff
    Location News:

    New Store Hours

    In Oak Cliff Only
    Now Open
    Noon to 9pm Everyday
    Starting November 1st

    We're trying some different hours for Lucky Dog Books in this neighborhood only. Please note these changes that become effective November 1st.

    Stop in on the way home from work to get a good read for the evening, or meet up with some friends on the way to dinner where you can talk about the interesting things you just found here at the bookstore, or the good book you just traded-in.

    Bring the kids back by after dinner at home and let them choose something to fit their interests. Or arrange for your book club to meet here for free.

    So, please help us pass the word about the pleasures of browsing our ever changing selections of books, movies and music. And the very economical deals we always offer.

    We also need more of you to create/host events here at the bookstore whether ongoing or one time occurences. Readings, workshops, chat groups, book clubs, or other sorts of social circles.

    The uncertainty of things a month ago led most of those using the bookstore for these kinds of things to make other arrangements and so we have a lot of opportunities right now with many open slots on our weekly/monthly calendar.

    ...AND...we continue to get in amazing collections of books, DVDs, CDs, etc.

    Check out our Facebook page for pictures of some of the recent arrivals.

    2 WAYS TO
    GET $5 OFF

  • Start a new account for store cedit from trade-ins you bring to the bookstores
  • Sign up for our email list at one of the bookstores or on our Facebook page to receive notice of news of & events at the bookstores.

    Being More Involved

    There are many ways to be help this bookstore be more sustainable.

    Make us a more regular part of your weekly/monthly routine, or become a sustaining supporter through our Subscription progam.

    Be an "ambassador" for the store by sharing some of our Facebook posts. Invite friends to meet you here for a browsing party.

    Or make a point to weed some things out of your own library to recycle
    with us helping the river of interesting stuff continue to flow through our lives at money saving prices.


    Ann Armstrong, Texas songbird.

    When not on the road with musical partner Steve Hughes,
    teaches beginning and advanced guitar and songwriting to students of all ages at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and elsewhere. Listen to her here or wherever you find her playing.

    Jackson Eli CD cover

    Jackson studied music at UNT in Denton, Texas, and teaches students of all ages and interests at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and elsewhere. Info? Text Jackson at 214.566.7828

  • East Dallas
    Location News:

    We've Moved Again
    Click on the map to see a full size version of the layout of the new location at 10534 Garland Road, near Easton Road, The Army Store and Vhea's LaundroMutt.

    We have almost everything back in place and ready for your browsing pleasure. Click here for a short slide show of interior shots to get an even better feel for this new location.

    We have added more lighting but still intend to add even more in several areas. The heating and a/c are quite adequate making the whole bookstore comfortable.

    We do still have some volunteers helping to get things in better order on some shelves.

    So drop in anytime. We are once again providing a $5 off "Thank You" discount bookmark for every half hour contributed.

    Look for our signs on the front doors until we get our outdoor ones up, the first of which we hope to have this week.

    Although we did not want to move again, we had to, and, long story made short, we're now in the space that we really wanted to move into last year.

    • has easier parking
    • is more visible from the street with a better sign potentially
    • is easier to get in and out of the parking lot
    • and has about as much room as our old store across the street did.

    Our Every

    Weekly Sketch Meetup

    If you'd like to get it going again, our public program area at the new location is back up and running. We do not still have our own organizer for it, but would be happy for one or more of you to take on this role. We have the time still set aside if you'd like to just start showing up again.

    If you participated in another program that has been on hiatus, please talk to us about restarting it.

    Please check with the organizer of your particular event in case they haven't heard yet.

    Even though we have managed to clear space for the program area, it would still be very helpful if one or more of you have some unused space where we can store a lot of boxes of books, preferrably in a business or church setting.

    We need 3-500 sq ft but could split these boxes up into smaller groupings if we can find two or three spaces that are at least 100 sq ft each that we can cobble together to make enough for it all.

    This space would not have any regular traffic, and for our purposes, does not need to be separated to itself.

    If you have some space that you could contribute to this effort even if just for a period of time, it would really be helpful.

    Follow the continuing adventures of Lucky Dog in East Dallas on Facebook!

    And check out the events at both Dallas bookstores at our calendar page.

    If you have further questions about any of this, we will be happy to try to answer them for you if you will email us at info@luckydogbooks.com with the word bookstore in the subject line.


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    Younger readers are very important to the bookstores. We want to encourage you to encourage them to read. So keep us in mind as a pretty inexpensive, quieter than average place to spend some time with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew.


    We think there are a lot of opportunities for us to work together to benefit neighborhood schools and their students. Here is link to some ideas about this. Please feel free to contact us if you think of other ways we might be helpful.

    Buy A Bookstore?

    We've been doing this for over 40 years and are wondering if it's time to let someone else give it a try at one or all the locations? A younger couple? A neighborhood co-op? Please click here if you or someone you know may be interested in this.

    Or here to see an interesting variation that we would be glad to entertain.

    Gift Certificates

    We still use good old fashioned paper gift certificates here at the bookstores which provide some advantages over the new fangled gift cards.

    Our gift certificates can be personalized right on them. Their layout includes a log of their usage so that it is always clear what the remaining balance is. And the store locations are shown on them so that your recipient doesn't have to look them up.

    Click the links above to get more details and even purchase some online if you prefer.


    Please be aware that you can give a reader in your life a monthly subscription to the bookstores that will provide them with the number of $5 off Mini-Gift Certificates that fits your budget. And you'll only pay for it each month as it happens through Paypal with the ability to cancel anytime.

    Or consider subscribing to the bookstores today as a way of expressing your committment to their future while enjoying the full value of your participation through the monthly receipt of our Mini-Gift Certificates.

    Start a cafe?

    Each bookstore has room for some sort of cafe. We'd like to find the right folks for each location to get one going. Click here to pursue this idea.

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  • Paperbacks
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  • Children's Books
  • Sheet Music
  • Comics & Manga
  • Magazines
  • Large Print
  • Audio Books
  • Other Languages

    Also, many new, used, and out-of-print titles by local writers.


    DVD, VHS, Laser...


    CDs, LPs, 45s, 78s, Cassettes, 8-Track Tapes...
    Ask us about new CDs recorded live at Poor David's Pub and elsewhere by local musicians.

  • We'd like to thank David Card of Poor David's Pub for being so supportive over the last couple years, helping us get through some really tough spots with the bookstores.

    We've been hearing great live music at his places since he was on McKinney Avenue way back in the '70s and then when he was on Greenville Avenue for many years before he made the move to S. Lamar a very short distance from Southside and next door to Bill's Records.

    We'd like to encourage you to check out his line up and sample some of his performers if you are not familiar with them. There are sure to be some that you will enjoy.

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