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Lucky Dog Books
911 W. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 75208
Phone: 214.941.2665
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10801 Garland Rd. exterior
Lucky Dog Books
10801 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Phone: 214.827.4860
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Mesquite exterior 2011.
Paperbacks Plus
108 E. Davis St. Mesquite, TX 75149
Phone: 972.285.8661
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Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm
Sun: 12noon-7pm
X Tue - Mesquite

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  • 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 recent 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 at the Lochwood location on Garland Road.

    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.

    Lucky Dog Books in North Oak Cliff is now open in its new home at 911 W. Jefferson!
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    You did it once before to keep the bookstore in Oak Cliff. You expressed your support in several ways including posting and telling your friends about the store, volunteering to help box things up, as well as making a point of coming by to shop.

    You did such a good job that we were able to accumulate enough cash to pay for everything to do with the move so far. It's time to do it again now to finish getting the new location at 911 W. Jefferson off to a good start.

    We've been working diligently for the past month, plowing through the humongous piles of boxes of books and stacks of shelves everywhere, and things are shaping up very nicely with most readers who have visited already being pleasantly surprised by this new environment with more light and other welcoming features.

    All of the bookshelves are finally in place, and we have lots of books on their shelves in most of the categories with more going up everyday. So, we still have volunteer opportunities for those of you who want to help us wrap up the stocking of this store and would like to earn discount bookmarks as a thank you for your efforts while you still can.

    We need you to help us spread the word that the bookstore has been able to remain in Oak Cliff in a large and welcoming space that will just get better as we settle in and add our own flavor to this new home.

    And lastly, we need you to put this new location on your regular itinerary right away as so many of you had that last couple months at the old place. That period was very encouraging and told us in no uncertain terms that this neighborhood does value and can support a large general bookstore with reading for everyone.

    After all this work, we can definitely use some more of that sort of encouragement showing us that all the hard work has been meaningful for you and our part of town. And frankly, we'll need to be paying some bills pretty quickly.

    So, now is the time for all good readers to come to the aid of their neighborhood bookstore and enjoy the new home of Lucky Dog Books and what it has to offer you and yours. Please stop by this weekend if you can work it into your other activities.

    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.


    Senior, novice, and all the levels in between.
    The bookstores need each of you.

    Please visit here to see what you can do to be of immediate help to the bookstores or this page to learn more about the current situation.


    If you may be a in a position to help us refinance one or all of the mortgages on our buildings, please check out this page.

    3 WAYS TO
    GET $5 OFF

  • Start as 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 on Facebook and send us your email address for our mailing list as above.

    Lessons, concerts, and so much more.

    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 Lochwood. Listen to her here or wherever you find her playing.

    Jackson Eli CD cover
    Jackson studies music at UNT in Denton, Texas, teaches students of all ages and interests at the Oak Cliff bookstore. Info? Text Jackson at 214.566.7828


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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.


    Also, please be aware of our new $5-off Mini-Gift Certificates that can be used in many ways with readers of all ages, but especially with the younger ones since most of our children's books cost less than $5.00, and almost all of them do when using store credit to pay for up to half of a purchase.

    First Fridays
    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Craft activity and book talk for grades 2 - 5. The goal is to help girls become lifetime readers. A facilitator guides discussions with each girl presenting on whatever book she's reading at the time.
    Info: Email
    Ofelia Faz-Garza.
    Meets at
    Lucky Dog Books
    911 W. Jefferson
    Dallas, TX 75208

    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.

    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.

    Please 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 new Mini-Gift Certificates.


    These are a great way to help the bookstores and get a payback in the process.

    Check out the details of how they work and some suggestions for how they may be used at this link.

  • 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...
    Ask us about new CDs recorded live at Poor David's Pub and elsewhere by local musicians.

    DART Schedules

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