The Texas Literacy Connection, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in collaboration with The Dock Bookshop will host the 9th Annual Dallas/Fort WorthLiterary SoulFEST, Saturday, September 16th during National Literacy Month.
The mission of the DFW Literary SoulFEST is to promote literacy and the arts that will inspire, entertain, inform and empower individuals, families and communities. This event will attract a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, avid readers, artists, scholars, church community, families and the business community. Proceeds from this event will benefit an International Book Project, as well as, community based literacy projects.
The Dock Bookshop is the largest African American owned full service bookstore in Texas and the Southwest, which opened in 2008. Our mission is to inspire, inform, and entertain our customers through books and book-related events in a relaxing and spacious environment. The Dock also sells greeting cards, music, magazines, newspapers, coffee & tea, beverages, candles, novelty & gifts items. In addition, The Dock is 4000 square feet with a designated area to hold book signings and other events. The Dock Bookshop is a New York Times and Dallas Morning News Best Seller reporting bookstore. We also maintain a popular Dock Best Seller and New Release Booklist. www.thedockbookshop.com
The Dock Bookshop through Dock MediaWorks sponsors Dock PowerHour. Dock Power Hour is on DFWiRadio (please see the attached Media Kit) Dallas/Fort Worth’s #1 internet radio station. The show is a 2-hour long radio show dedicated to discussing and analyzing: social, political, economic, cultural and internatiokinal issues that confront various communities all over the country. Also, Dock MediaWorks host movie screenings and support distribution for International and National Award winning indie films.
The bookstore owners also carry out its social responsibility through the Texas Literacy Connection Corp (TLC), 501(c)(3), which is dedicated to promoting literacy and literary arts to build healthy communities. TLC supports local, national and international literacy initiatives, promote reading and writing and inspire community action that will connect people, improve lives and help protect our environment. TLCC carries out its mission through hosting annual festivals, book related events, and offering various classes and workshops. The next event is the New Year Book Jubilee.
The Dock Bookshop is nestled off of Interstate-30, which is the only 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.
Our previous in-store book signings include the following (all events can be found throughout the internet):
Tyrese Gibson – (Booksigning)
Coach Carter – (Booksigning)
Pam Grier – (Booksigning 2010 & 2011)
Russell Simmons – (Booksigning)
Spike Lee – (Radio Guest)
Gina Belafonte – (Radio Guest)
Coach Carter – (Radio Guest)
Omar Tyree – (Radio Guest)
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) Dr. Llaila Afraka(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