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Casa Linda
Lucky Dog Books
1152 N. Buckner
Suite 105
Casa Linda Plaza
Dallas, TX 75218
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Oak Cliff
Lucky Dog Books
911 W. Jefferson
N. Oak Cliff
Dallas, TX 75208
[Closed Mondays]
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Paperbacks Plus
108 E. Davis St.
Mesquite, TX 75149
[Closed Tuesdays]
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Casa Linda Plaza:
Mon-Sat: 9am-9pm
Sun: 11am-7pm

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

Oak Cliff:
Tues-Sat: 10am-9pm
Sun: 11am-7pm
(X Mon - Closed)

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 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 Event


    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Oak Cliff Creatives Mixer!

    Lucky Dog Books would like to invite you to our Oak Cliff location for an evening of Creative Bliss. All artist, writers, poets, etc. are welcome to join us in a fun and laid back environment!
    Feel free to bring a book you're currently reading, a poem you're working on or any creative project you have in the works. This is a way to bring together creatives in the community. More info: Click here.

    We are very pleased to have Bonehouse Poetry present a different sort of reading motif, in the late afternoons on the 4th Saturday each month. Hosted by Paul Koniecki, et al, this unique round-robin in which each poet chooses and introduces a poem by one of the others, is meant to shine a light on crafted, striking words, not personalities. Please click on the picture for more details of this engaging program.

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

    3 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 to receive notice of news of & events at the bookstores
  • Like us and sign up for our mailing lists on Facebook.

    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 Oak Cliff and Casa Linda. Listen to her here or wherever you find her playing.

  • Casa Linda
    Location News:

    New Events


    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Drink & Draw Weekly Sketch

    Join Lucky Dog Books - Casa Linda and artists of the community for an evening of sketching and socializing! All you need to bring is a sketchbook or artist pad and something to draw with.

    Drinking is permitted (for those who are 21+)
    but not provided. However, we will have snacks and
    non-alcoholic beverages
    (for purchase). More info: Click here.

    And our recently begun "Conversational Spanish" group continues every Wednesday evening at 7pm. This free program is hosted by Mikel Gereka, a native Basque and Spanish speaker and intended for those who would like to improve their skills in an informal atmosphere.

    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.

    Jackson Eli CD cover

    Jackson studies music at UNT in Denton, Texas, teaches students of all ages and interests at Lucky Dog Books in Oak Cliff and Casa Linda. Info? Text Jackson at 214.566.7828

    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...
    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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