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General Bookstore News:
UPDATE - March 29, 2021

Both Dallas bookstores are expanding our short-handed hours
for in store browsing in the afternoon during the week to the following:

Mon-Wed-Fri 11-5;
Tue-Thu 1-7; & Sat-Sun 11-5.

The new owners of our former location
in downtown Mesquite, formerly known as
Paperbacks Plus and now called The Book Co.,
have anounced that they will no longer honor
store credit issued before Oct. 1, 2020.

We want you to know that both of our current Dallas locations,
known as Lucky Dog Books will still welcome this store credit
and apply it to your purchases just like always.

In spite of the Governor's recent action,
a mask that properly covers both your nose and mouth
is still currently required to be in place at all times.

We do have some for sale either individually or
by the box at each of our two Dallas locations.

We still offer home delivery and curbside pickup as well as mailing books.
If you prefer one these, please call the bookstore
closest to you to tell us what you're looking for.

We can also arrange for some live video browsing of our shelves,
or post pictures of particular sections that are of interest.

Or email us at treats@luckydogbooks.com, especially with longer lists.

We are also accepting incoming books, movies & music that you would like to
recycle with us, when we make home deliveries or at our curbside.
Please check out our lists of "Current Requests" that our other readers seek
and which we do not have at this time, to see if you can help supply what is needed.


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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DART Schedules

  • Books Mailed
  • Requests
  • Gift Certificates
  • Events
  • Wholesale
  • Consulting
  • 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 our subsequent move to 10534 Garland Road in the summer of 2018).

    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.

    Oak Cliff News:

    & Recycling Again

    With our recent
    pricing update, we
    can once again recycle
    your books, movies &
    music at fair values.

    This bookstore needs
    more good books, etc
    coming it the front door
    in addition to those
    that we can now bring from
    our other bookstores to
    increase our selection
    for your shopping fun.

    Bring the things that you
    are done with, and pay for
    up to half of most of your
    purchases with the store
    credit from your things.

    The higher values when we
    sell things, let us allow
    more for your items so you are encouraged
    to bring more.

    & SKILLS

    We need folks like you to create/host events at our bookstores in Dallas where we have a public spaces/lounge areas.

    Whether ongoing or one time occurences, readings, workshops, chat groups, book clubs, or other sorts of social circles would be welcome

    Things we would especially like to see happen here would include a poetry night, a chess club, and discussion groups around science news or public radio content from KERA-FM, and a young readers book club.

    We have a lot of opportunities right now with many open slots on our weekly/monthly calendar.

    Please drop us an email if you are interested.


    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 News:

    Happy Hour
    for Readers

    Is On Hiatus
    until things are a bit
    more normal.
    We do still offer coffee
    & cookies for sale.

    And you are welcome
    to have a seat in our
    lounge area to enjoy them
    as well as putting on a CD
    of your choice as long as
    you keep your spacing
    with anyone else there.


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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.

    ...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.

    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 both 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.


    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.

    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.

  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Paperbacks
  • Hardbacks
  • 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...


    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.

  • 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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