About Us

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

THE DOCK BOOKSHOP CELEBRATES
11 YEARS OF BUSINESS & SERVICE
 
SPECIAL THANKS TO YOU!
Our Supporters, Community Partners, Friends, Customers, Members and Family

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Upcoming Events

SPRING BOOK FLING    
SATURDAY, MAY 18 1-4PM   
AT THE DOCK BOOKSHOP
Featuring great spring and summer reads by local and national authors, book signings, meet and greet and more
Featured Authors
Eartha Gatlin
DJ Lawrence
Khalef Rahhimm Alexis
Tonya Ward-Blackshear
Claudette Esmeralda
Authors are invited to come and share (Space Limited)
The community is invited to come, meet and greet the Authors
For more information call or text 817.296.0288 or email thedockbookshop@gmail.com

Malcolm X Day At The Dock
Sun. May 19, 2019 ~ 3-5 PM
Sunday, May 19th is Malcolm X's Birthday!  
Stop by The Dock as we celebrate and remember the life and legacy of Malcolm X with African dance, drumming, story time, guest speaker Minister Lee Muhammad and more
RSVP

Conflict Resolution Seminar  
Friday, May 17 ~ 7 PM @ The Dock
FINANCIAL LITERACY
with Guest Speaker ANTHONY BRADFORD
RSVP

 
Every Tuesday 8-10 PM
The Dock Bookshop   
Poetry, Spoken Word, Music & Comedy and more.  Open to the public. $5 Cover.
RSVP  

MEN'S BOOK CLUB 
Thursday, May 23, 2019 ~ 7-9 PM at The Dock
Black men reading, bonding & building
May Book Read:
Bad Men Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey
Books are available at The Dock
  RSVP

NIGHT WOMEN BOOK CLUB
Saturday, June 1 ~ 3-5 PM at The Dock
Looking for a book club to join? You are invited to join the NWBC
June Book Read: Matter is Life by J California Cooper

BOOK & AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

FIRST LADY OR NOT BY GABRIELLE BEASLEY
$15.00
 

ABOUT BOOK: There wasn't a sweet sixteen for Crystal like most girls her age. It was bitter-sweet as she waddled around alone, pregnant, and confused. Fast-forward twenty years and Crystal is still trying to right a wrong that she shouldn't have had to fix.Determined to emend her past misfortunes, Crystal runs to the church. But instead of making God her savior, she seeks her salvation from Marcus Powers, co-pastor of Freewill Baptist Church. Marcus is the love of her life and the very vehicle that will drive her to becoming a First Lady. A title she has wanted to own for most of her life. What Crystal fails to understand is that it will take more than being married to Marcus to make her a First Lady. If Crystal doesn't learn to un-blur the lines of her faith and flesh, she'll lose way more than just her self-worth.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Gabrielle Beasley is a Screenwriter and Playwright. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Radio, Television and Film Broadcasting from the University of North Texas. She's worked as an Associate Producer and currently is the CEO of the faith-based production company, Potluck Film Productions, in Dallas, TX. Gabrielle also volunteers in the Drama Ministry at the Potter's House church in Dallas, TX as a writer and stage manager. In 2014, she produced the stage play First Lady or Not and is currently turning this stage production into a film.