What’s cool, local to Big D and good for the body, mind and spirit: one of the best little book stores in the West (or anywhere for that matter), The Wild Detectives. In February of 2014 owners Paco Vique and Javier Garcia del Moral opened their long-imagined store, including a coffee and wine bar in a beautifully refurbished bungalow in Oak Cliff. Originally built in the 1940’s, the space has hosted authors–local, national and international–musicians, performance artists, film festivals and even the occasional Shakespearian troop of actors.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, just a few blocks from the burgeoning shops and restaurants of Oak Cliff, the ever-present and welcoming general manager, Carlos Guajardo, oversees curating the eclectic selection of books, as well as organizing the events. Carlos was picked by the Dallas Observer among the top 100 creative people in Dallas, naming him The Book Guy!
Recently, I got to share a book signing with my wonderfully talented Dallas Noir (the anthology of stories published by Akashic Books) author friends, pictured here in front of the book store. My partner in crime, Detective Betty, was the influencer in my piece, “Coincidences Can Kill You.”
Detective Betty weighs in on the Wild Detectives: Okay, first of all, how can I not like the name? I’m a detective and I’m wild, so there’s that. Secondly, what’s better than reading a good book? Answer, a good book accompanied by a great cup of coffee or glass of wine, shared with friends. And thirdly, they often have music in the backyard, under the stars of Big D. Look for me. I’ll be the one with the bright red hair, wearing the burgundy Doc Martens, clasping some renegade author’s book in my hand and looking absurdly happy.