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The Dock Bookshop
The Dock Bookshop opened in 2008 and is now one of the largest independent, full service, African-American owned bookstores in Texas and the Southwest. Our mission is to inspire, inform,  entertain and edu-tain our customers through books and book-related events in a relaxing and spacious environment.
 
We sell new releases, best selling & popular fiction and non-fiction books for adults, children and youth. Our selections includes faith & inspiration, self help & relationships, health & wellness, money & business, politics & current events, biographies & memoirs, history & culture, cook books, Bibles, poetry, fiction, romance, Christian fiction, urban lit, erotica, international, mysteries & thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy & horror, adventure & classics.
 
We also sell T-shirts, women and men apparel, jewelry, accessories, health and beauty products, incense, oils, DVD's. albums, greeting cards, journals and more!
 
More than a bookstore, The Dock Bookshop is a force for good in the community, regularly hosting author talks, poetry & spoken word, children storytime,  panel discussions, community meetings, film screenings & more. The Dock bookshop is 4000 square feet with a designated area to hold book signings and other events. Call to schedule your next meeting or event at the Dock!
 
The Dock Bookshop is located in Dallas-Fort Worth, nestled off of Interstate-30, a direct connection between downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas, Texas. The Dock is surrounded by three major universities, junior colleges, progressing communities and minutes away from the entertainment district of Arlington - home of the Dallas Cowboys, Six Flags Texas/Hurricane Harbor, Rangers Ballpark and more. Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth has an estimated population of 5.5 million.
 
Dock MediaWorks - the dynamic Media, Marketing & Public Relations Team of The Dock Bookshop that oversees Dock Radio, Dock Cinema movie screenings (supporting International and National Award winning indie films) and promotional services for authors and businesses.
  • Dock Radio - premier radio that is easily accessible through the interenet and app. Dock Radio is a lively, informative and power-packed platform dedicated to delivering relevant, interesting, educational, and entertaining information and talk radio while playing positive and progressive music to our local and global communities. Two ways to TUNE IN 1)Download "Dock Radio" App on your phone via your app store or google play. 2) Go online to www.dockradiolive.com and click play.
    • The top radio shows on Dock Radio - Common Ground, Roots and Reason, Dock Power Hour, Blue Monday
 
Texas Literacy Connection  - The Texas Literacy Connection (TLC), a non profit (501(c)(3)) dedicated to promoting literacy and literary arts to build healthy communities, on many literacy projects.  TLC is the non-profit arm of The Dock Bookshop that supports local, national and international literacy initiatives, promote reading and writing, and inspire community action that will connect people and improve lives. TLC carries out its mission to promote literacy through hosting annual festivals, book related events, and offering various classes and workshops.
 
Sponsored Events:
AllStar Author Showcase
DFW Literary SoulFEST
Love Literature Tour
Texas Literary Bowl
New Year Book Jubilee
 
Celebrity & National Best Selling Author List
(all events can be found throughout the internet):
Tyrese Gibson - (Booksigning)
Pam Grier - (Booksigning 2010 & 2011)
Russell Simmons -  (Booksigning)
Spike Lee - (Radio Guest)
Omar Tyree - (Book Signing & Radio)
Isaiah Washington - (Booksigning)
Sister Souljah - (Booksigning)
Gabriel Union - Speaker & Author Contributor (Booksigning)
Dr. Raymond Winbush - (Booksigning)
LL Cool J aka Todd Smith - Celebrity/ New York Times Bestseller (Booksigning)
Professor Griff (Booksigning)
Fred Hampton, Jr - (Radio Guest)
Dr. Maulana Karenga - (Radio Guest)
Carl Weber - (Radio Guest) / Booksigning)
Kimberla Lawson Roby - (Radio Guest) / Booksigning)
Dr. Molefi Asante - (Radio Guest) / Booksigning)
Kirk Franklin- Celebrity Author (Booksigning)
Hill Harper - New York Times & Essence Bestseller (Booksigning)
Lord Jamar (Brand Nubian) - (Radio Guest)
Dr. Claud Anderson - (Radio Guest))
Cynthia Mckinney - (Radio Guest) Green Party
Shahrazad Ali - (Radio Guest) - Blackman/ Blackwoman Guide to Understanding
Eric Jerome Dickey - New York Times, Essence, Bestseller (Booksigning)
Eric Snow - Celebrity & NBA Author (Booksigning)
Wahida Clark - Essence & New York Times Bestseller (Booksigning)
Rochelle Alers - Essence Bestseller (Booksigning)
Mary B Morrison -  New York Times, Wall Street Journal & Essence Bestseller (Booksigning)
Francis Ray - New York Times & Essence Bestseller (Booksigning)
Victor McGlothin - Essence Bestseller (Booksigning)
and many many more bestselling authors
 
Performance Poets in store:  
Abiodun Oyewole -  The Last Poets
Georgia Me - Emmy, Tony , HBO Def Poet
Black Ice - Tony Award & Def Poet  
Sunni Patterson - HBO Def Poet
Bethsheba A Rem - International Performance Poet
and many many more performance poets

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DFW LITERARY SOULFEST 2017 WEEKEND 
Sept 15th-16th
Fri. Sept 15 - Meet up & kick off DFWLS at Arrested Development Concert at Shipping and Receiving Bar 
7PM Doors 
8PM The Rage Out Arkestra
9PM The Effinay's
10PM Arrested Development
You can purchase tickets at www.thedockbookshop.com
 
Sat. Sept 16 - DFW LITERARY SOULFEST AT A GLANCE 
11:00a - MBK Rites of Passage Ceremony
 
12:00p - 
-Queen Mother Orite Olasowo' Adefunmi of Oyotunji African Village speaks to families
-Saving our Sons & Vision Board Guide for young people by Patrick Oliver
-Review of the book Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates, hosted by Dominique
 
1:00p - 
-Exploring the literary works of Iyanla Vanzant
-Spotlight on The Third World Press celebrating 50 years 
-Dock Power Hour - Introducing DFWLS featured authors
 
2:30p "The Sisters are Alright" a book review by Keys to the Kingdom
 
3:00p Money and Business by The Millionaire Makers
 
4:00p Remembering Dick Gregory, We will be celebrating the life and legacy of Gregory and reviewing his literary works
 
5:30p Reviewing the book The Hate You Give (THUG) by Angie Thomas, review presente by Texas Librarian Monique Christain-Long
 
6:00p DFWLS Concert ft. Tatiana "Lady May" Mayfield. Cost of ticket $10.00
DFW LITERARY SOULFEST CONCERT     
featuring
TATIANA LADY MAY
 
SATURDAY, SEPT 16th 
at The Dock 
6637 Meadowbrook Dr Fort Worth, TX   
Show: 6:00 PM 
 
 
Tatiana Mayfield is a star among jazz vocalists. Her voice is very refreshing and joyful to listen to and her talent is undeniable. Her vocabulary includes classic and timeless jazz interpretations and her scat was described to be "as natural as breathing". She also has an affinity to sing some excellent R&B interpretations.
   
Dock Power Hour
featuring DFWLS Authors Sat. Sept 16th - 1:00-2:00p

Rickie Clark
Pastor Mike Nwanju
Elder Chimeremugo
Patrick Oliver
Sanderia Faye
Sh'Moore
Darrolyn Brock
and more!

 
Millionaire Maker Club Wealth Team 
Sat. Sept 16th - 3:00-4:00p 
 
Dorothy Cook,
The Millionaire Maker
Book Title: Wealth: Success Tips For Entrepreneurs & Business Owners 
 
Dr. Shirley Clark,  
Millionaire Brand Strategist
Book Title: Blessed: How To Attract Wealth Into Your Life
and more!
DFW LITERARY SOULFEST KICKOFF WITH  
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

FRIDAY, SEPT 15, 2017
at Shipping & Receiving Bar 
201 S Calhoun St. 
Fort Worth, TX  
 
 Meet Up/Social Hour: 7:30p
 
 Show: 9:00 pm 
 
Genius Lyrics from Arrested Development... 
From the early 90's the music group offered a positive, Afrocentric alternative in what was a gangsta rap dominated scene. Fans can expect to hear all of their favourite hits including Tennessee, Mr Wendal, People Everyday, Revolution, Ease My Mind and many more.
 
Mark Your Calendars!
DFW Literary SoulFEST
POWER SESSIONS & CONCERT

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
11:00 - 8:00 PM
The Dock Bookshop
6637 Meadowbrook Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76112
 
A Celebration of Books, Reading, Community and Culture   
During National Literacy Month!
Full schedule coming soon
DFW Literary SoulFEST Highlights 
Remembering the
Life &Legacy of
Dick Gregory

 
Saturday, Sept. 16th
4:00-5:30 PM
@ The Dock
 
During the DFWLS we will pause to pay tribute to
Dick Gregory
Comedian, Civil Rights Activist, Social Critic, Writer and more.
Come share your thoughts, artistic expressions and energy as we discuss his new book,
Defining Moments in History: Reading Between the Lies
which will be available for purchase at event.

 
The Official Celebration for Dick Gregory will be held this Sat. Sept. 16 as well at 4PM at City of Praise Ministries, 8501 Jericho City Dr.  Landover, MD 20785
My Brother's Keeper 
 Book Camp 
Rites of Passage Ceremony
Sat. Sept 16 at 11am
The young men of the MBK Book Camp have truly been putting in work. The community is invited to come and support their first Rite of Passage
BOOK REVIEWS & DISCUSSIONS
Our beloved co-owner & staffer Dominique Johnson will discuss the Black Panther Series and 2018 movie release at DFW Literary Soulfest at 12:30p 



The beautiful Queens of Keys to the Queendom
  will present the book
THE SISTERS ARE ALRIGHT by Tamara Winfrey Harris
at 2:30p 
 


Our wonderful Librarian friend Monique Christian Long will do a book review on the book THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas at 5:30p
 
 
 
    
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Join a literary group! There will be opportunities for to meet & greet and join book clubs & literary groups at the DFW Literary Soulfest! 
Order Discounted 
Featured Books Now for Community Conversation 
 
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The Dock Bookshop is one of the largest independent, full service, African-American owned bookstores in the nation. Opened in 2008, The Dock has become a retailer, venue and a destination spot for African American literature and culture. Our mission is to inspire, inform and edu-tain readers and community thru books & other products, events & groups. The Dock Bookshop is a force for good in the community, selling products and hosting events that inspire, inform and edu-tain.
We're not only a bookstore, but also a cause. Our aim is to increase literacy and awareness to better communities. We promote reading and books, literacy and literary arts & family and community in collaboration with our nonprofit affiliate Literary Arts Connection (a.k.a. Texas Literacy Connection). As a member, you help support our various weekly and monthly programs Poetry Night, Family Night, Night Women Book Club, Sankofa Film, Books & Discussion, author events, classes, community forums and more!     
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