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
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Upcoming Events

 

Family Story Time
Women's Herstory Celebration
with Fort Worth Mayoral Candidate Deborah Peoples
Sat. March 23  - 2 PM @ The Dock
Bring the family out as we celebrate Women's Herstory Month
with drumming, story time, pizza party and more!
 RSVP

In Celebration Of Women's Herstory Month
BECOMING Book Discussion
Sat. March 23 ~ 4-6p @ The Dock Bookshop
Hosted by Sister Authors Pastor Darolyn Brock and Dr. Shantaun Taylor
RSVP 

OUR VOTES MATTER
Meet and Greet Candidate Mixer 
Thursday, March 21  ~ 7-8:30 PM at The Dock
All Candidates are invited to come and share. The community is invited to come, meet and greet the Candidates.
Presented by Concerned Citizens Local Organizing Committee in collaboration with Leadership ISD, The Brotherhood and Black Empowerment Movement.
Candidates RSVP via phone or text at 817.296.0288 or thedockbookshop.com

RSVP  


AFRICAN DANCE CLASS with BAHDAE DANCE  
Sunday March 3, 17     
1:30-3 PM at The Dock

West African Dance for all levels
Cost

 

MEN'S BOOK CLUB 
Thursday, March 28, 2019 ~ 7-8:30 PM at The Dock
Black men reading, bonding & building

March Book Read:
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Books are available at The Dock  

Investor & Home Buyer Seminar 
Sat. March 23  ~  11:30a-1p at The Dock
Is it time for you to get out of the rent race and buy a home of your own?
There are plenty of advantages to homeownership. There are several perks of homeownership that tend to stay stable over time...come learn more  
RSVP  
 

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.