You know you’re a true Cowtown bibliophile if you’ve shopped at these five bookstores that are off the beaten path. Read on to learn more about these bookworm havens.
For die hard bookworms, there’s nothing like the feel (and, yes, smell) of a newly acquired book. E-books are great. But—let’s face it—it’s not quite the same as having a satisfying pile of honest-to-goodness books stacked on a bedside table. Luckily, Fort Worth residents can shop a wide variety of bookstores to tame their inner bibliophile. Here are five establishments you need to visit:
Back Door Books (901 Throckmorton St, Fort Worth)
This store has achieved an almost mythological status in Fort Worth. It’s a quirky combo of used bookstore antiques/ephemera shop. Not to be missed!
Monkey & Dog Books (3637 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth)
This wonderland of books specializes in children’s titles. But it’s a must visit for readers of all ages! The owners strive to make the shop magical by stocking the best in children’s lit (new and old) and maintaining an exciting schedule of workshops and events.
Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library Bookstore (5332 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth)
The Friends Book Store features over 5,000 square feet of books and gifts. The store includes materials weeded from the library’s collection as well as books donated by the public. Massive spring and fall book sales are held in the Friends store and in the Chapter 2 annex, three doors from the main store.
The Dock Bookshop (6637 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, 76112)
The Dock Bookshop is the largest independent, full service, African-American owned bookstore in Texas and the Southwest. Patrons quickly discover that it’s more than just a store—it’s a force for good in the community, regularly hosting author talks, panel discussions, poetry and spoken work, film screenings and more!
Half Price Book Barn (321 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, 76104)
Take note, y’all: Half Price Book Barn isn’t the ubiquitous bookstore chain that also prominently features the word “half.” This decidedly low-tech and low-key establishment has been selling used books of all makes and models since the 1960s.