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General Bookstore News:
UPDATE - September 1, 2022

10% Surcharge

Starting September 1st, we will be adding a 10% surcharge to all
purchases of recycled books, movies and music, etc.

The purpose of this surcharge is to create a fund to use to pay our staff a
higher wage than we could otherwise.

Rather than change our whole pricing structure,
we think this is the simplest way forward.

Given the current circumstances we must do this now.
Everything our staff buys is costing more, and there
was a generalized recognition even before the last
few months that wages at this level should be more.

We have recently hired a couple of new folks with the promise
that we would make a change like this so that we could pay more,
& even this wasn't enough for some of the applicants that we interviewed.

This will not affect how you can use your store credit.
It will still pay for up to half of any used purchase.

This surcharge will not apply to purchases of new items
or gift certificates.

We hope that you understand the need for this and will
continue to support this bookstore.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask or email us at info@luckydogbooks.com.

Both locations of Lucky Dog Books gladly
honor the store credit from our previous bookstore
in downtown Mesquite, formerly known as
Paperbacks Plus and now called The Book Co.
(which has been closed for remodeling.)

Just tell us that you had an account in Mesquite when you are checking out.
We will apply it to your purchases just like always, and migrate your old account.

We are also accepting incoming books, movies & music
that you would like to recycle with us.


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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  • History
    The bookstores known 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

    The last 2 years
    has been a successful
    reopening of this
    bookstore and we have
    made a lot of progress
    in restoring its selection.

    This bookstore still needs
    more good books, etc
    coming it the front door
    in addition to those
    that we have been bringing
    from our other bookstore 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.

    & 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.

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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...


    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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