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General Bookstore News:
UPDATE - March 27, 2020

Until further notice, please assume that all three bookstores
are closed until the Dallas County Judge lifts his "stay-at-home" order.

However, there are a few ways that we can still get books and movies
to you to help fill the hours for now.

These involve either home porch delivery if you are not too far away
or for orders of $25 or more, curbside pick up for smaller orders
or if you just prefer, and mailing to you.

Call 214-827-4860 and leave a voicemail for us to call you back
if you would like for us to do any of the following:

1) Call you to check for up to five book or movie titles for you by phone;

2) Call you back with WhatsApp or on an Iphone for a FaceTime chat
to browse your areas of interest with our streaming video assistance;

3) Call you back to arrange the time for a Facebook Live session
during which you can also browse our shelves by live video.

Or you can email us at treats@luckydogbooks.com
to check for any nmber of titles that you list in your email.

Additional Note: We currently have a few thousand titles listed online with Amazon.
To check them out, please click here on this link to "luckydogbooks storefront",
and again just under our name once you are there.


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

Mon-Fri 10am-9pm
Sat: 9am-9pm
Sun: Noon-7pm
(X Tue - Closed)

Oak Cliff:
Mon-Fri: Noon-9pm
Sat: 9am-9pm
Sun: Noon-7pm

DART Schedules

  • Books Mailed
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  • 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

    Enjoy free refreshments
    from 5pm-7pm
    Every Weekday
    at Lucky Dog Books
    in East Dallas

    Get One of Our
    Many Cold Beverages
    Or A Cup Of One Of Our
    Dozen+ Coffee Flavors
    & A Couple Of Our Several
    Varieties Of Tasty Cookies

    Stop in on your way
    home from work,
    meet up with friends
    and talk books/etc in
    our lounge area, or
    have a browsing party.


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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.

    Not Every Other
    For Now

    Conversational Spanish Meetup

    We have a friendly group that gets together for informal conversation in our comfortable meeting space/large "living room". They are taking a break for the summer, but when they are back, have some coffee or a soft drink and some tasty cookies along with some conversation.

    ...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
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  • 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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