Oak Cliff’s beloved Lucky Dog Books re-opens at new location — Woof! I smell books!

An interior look at the new store on Jefferson Boulevard. PHOTOS courtesy of Lucky Dog Books.

The wonderfully eclectic Lucky Dog Books, which closed earlier this year when its building’s owner on Davis Street declined to renew the store’s lease, has a festive grand-opening planned this weekend. Authors! Chair massages! Musical potpourri! Classes! You’re sure to find something fun, along with a tote bagful of great books, at great prices. Here’s the info I received by email — be sure to stop in and support this local institution!

The outside of the new store. Lots of parking!

FridaySaturday, and Sunday, July 10th — 12th, 2015

911 W. Jefferson, Dallas, Texas 75208
Bookstore Phone: 214.941.2665

Here’s the schedule:

Friday Afternoon: July 10, 2:45 p.m.

The Writer’s Garret Zine Camp Reading

Featuring younger writers from this neighborhood sharing their work.

Friday Night: July 11, 8-10 p.m.

Poetry Reading with Poets on X+

Featuring Desmene Statum followed by an open mic,
organized & hosted by Opalina Salas

Opalina, who brought Cliff Notes to the neighborhood, is presenting this event
as a kick off to a new monthly poetry series through Poets on X+ that she’ll be
hosting here at the bookstore on the 2nd Friday of each month.
Click on the link to this event to see the info she has provided on Desmene.

Saturday Morning: July 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chair Massage by Samantha Brewer, LMT

Samantha has volunteered to do free chair massages for a couple of hours
to get our day started. I am sure she will be ok with tips if you like what she does.

Saturday Afternoon: July 11, 1-3 p.m.

Author Meet/Greet/Signing with:

Kris Kramer, publisher of The 4th Realm & author of The Wind Riders,
Patrick Underhill author of The Chosen,
Jan Sikes author of Home At Last,
Demethius Jackson author of The Hero of Legend.

All of these authors will do short readings from their books beginning at 1pm
and will then take questions. Afterwards, they will hang out to be available
to chat with you and sign copies of their books which will be for sale here.

Saturday Afternoon: July 11, 3-5 p.m.

Author Meet/Greet/Signing with

Marcus Chapman, on air personality for 97.9 The Beat & author of The Coolest Music Book Ever,
Cynthia Stock author of The Final Harvest of Judah Woodbine,
Jeffrey Eaton author of Murder Becomes Manhattan
George Ramphrey author of Song on a Hill

As with the writers above, all of these authors will also do short readings
from their books beginning at 3pm and then take questions. Afterwards,
they too will hang out to be available to chat with you and sign copies
of their books which will be for sale here.

Saturday Evening: July 11, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. or later

Musical Potpourri

with Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes leading off, followed by
Jim BushJackson EliBobby (Goof) Huskins & Matt Seevers,
with Cliff Martinez singing and hosting.

We love that all of these folks have agreed to share their music here at the bookstore. We’ve personally heard them all perform and like them a lot.

Ann & Steve do some of the finest blues you’ll hear. They started with local pubs such as Poor David’s here in Big D and festivals close by like Kerrville back in the early days when Rod Kennedy was showing us all how to do this, but have been all over the country by now. Ann’s slide guitar and Steve’s harmonica rifts are not to be missed.

We first heard Jim Bush at The College Street Pub in Waxahachie several years ago and like him so much that we have been back a dozen times. Sometimes, he solos, but most of the time he is playing with musical friends of his which is how we first saw Bobby and Matt. Their folks music is honest and often with a touch of humor.

Jackson has been teaching guitar at the Dallas bookstores for a while now, and it was a real treat to get to see him perform with some of his younger students at the Allgood Cafe which is one of his regular gigs along with The Wine Therapistand Bohemian Cafe in East Dallas. We always are entertained by his shows which show off his musical versatility and guitarmanship. If you miss him here, be sure to look for him around town.

Cliff has been a friend for many years since he first finagled the world’s smallest office space from us at the old location on La Vista near Lakewod in exchange for ad hoc computer hardware services. We were pleasantly surprised when we learned that he was doing karoke regularly on lowest Greenville. We have to confess to never having quite made it to hear him there, but when we heard that he was doing a jazz show at Buzzbrews over on Lemmon Avenue, we had to go. We were very taken by his voice and the quality and feel of his renditions from the American songbook. He currently has a band called Some Guys With Some Dolls which has also played at The Wine Therapist.

Sunday Afternoon: July 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Storytelling for and by Teens with stories told by storyteller/host Tim Couch with area teens showing off their abilities as well.

This event was specificaly requested on Facebook by one of our customers,
and we are so happy to have been able to find Tim and his wealth of experience available on such short notice. Check out the link to learn more about his background and involvement with storytelling.

Also Crafts and Storytime for Youngsters with
Suzie Riddle

We added this event at the same time in our children’s area so that you
don’t have to leave the younger children at home while bringing your teens
for the storytelling in our program space.

Suzie has a spent a lot of time with children in her stints as a librarian over the years. Besides the crafts that she will have for youngsters to work on she would love to do a storytime session if we have enough children who would like her to do this.

Sunday Afternoon: July 12, 4-6 pm.
Oak Cliff Appreciation Wrap Up Event with Opalina Salas


Saturday, August 1st, noon to 3pm
Author Meet/Greet/Signing with Michael Thacker.
Lucky Dog Books — Oak Cliff
911 W. Jefferson, Dallas, Texas 75208
Bookstore Phone: 214.941.2665



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