Well-known Dallas Bookstore, Jokae's African American Books, to Close Its Doors

4798Jokae's African American Books and Custom Framing, which has been serving Dallas since 1993, will close its doors this week.
"The book sales were just not there," co-owner Til Pettis told me in a phone call earlier this month. She said that a loss of retailers in the Camp Wisdom Road shopping center where the store has been located since 2003 had led to a decline in traffic, and Pettis said she and her husband, Milton, had been unable to find a suitable location to relocate.

The store has been a regular stopping point for nationally known authors such as Victoria Christopher Murray and Kimberly Lawson Roby as well as a base for local writers. After the closing of Black Images Book Bazaar, its local prominence grew (as noted in this column from Cheryl Smith of the Dallas Weekly.)

Details about the store's history that were sent to me earlier today by author Ann Fields noted that the store had once offered tutoring, a 28-week African History Class and adult computer classes; been a home for book clubs, writers groups and radio broadcasts; and supplied books to private libraries, school districts and prison programs. Fields' email noted that the list of local authors who supported the store would be "as long as Texas is big."

Source: Dallas Morning News | Michael Merschel / Editor - mmerschel@dallasnews.com
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