ENDA’s BOOKTIQUE is an independent bookstore for women, about women, started by a woman.
This family-owned booktique is a cornerstone for education, literacy and community engagement. Enda’s Booktique is so active they even have a STEM program, coined the phrase “Shelf Motivation,” run a book club, and exhibit community activists.
Located in Duncanville (Dallas), Texas, Enda’s Booktique was founded by Enda Jean Pemberton Jones, an African American educator and chaplain. She comes from a legacy of educators, activists, and ministers. Her mother is a community activist, her father was an educator and minister, and her grandfather was also a minister. Also, a prominent member of her family, H.B. Pemberton, was the founder of the first black high school in Marshall, Texas.
Enda’s Booktique is part of Enda’s mission to connect women and families in her community to resources of equitable and quality education and literacy programs (you can donate to their literacy and reading program through Square here). The mission is accomplished through the bookstore’s collection of books which are written by women, about women, and for women.
You can find out more about Enda’s Booktique on their website: www.endasbooktique.com
What is your bookstore’s mission?
The mission of Enda’s Booktique is to be a bookstore that builds people-to-people relationships within our community through literature. We celebrate and support literary projects from African American Authors, women of color and women of diverse cultures and heritage.
What’s a day in the life at the bookstore?
A day in the life at Enda’s Booktique is creating the right atmosphere to build relationships within the literary community. This means setting the right tone at our physical location, posting creative content online and engaging with authors and readers through social media. This also includes having an effective book buying process and an efficient book management inventory. Our favorite thing about working at a bookstore is discovering something new when reading an author’s book, when talking to our members who live in our beloved community, and when meeting new customers with various backgrounds and experiences.
What do you think bookstores and libraries are capable of?
I am not sure which direction to respond to this question. I will say, as an educator, that bookstores and libraries are capable of providing programs to bridge the gap between schools and families to help reduce illiteracy among school-aged children who will participate in distance online learning this upcoming school term.
Our recommended reads are on our website: www.endasbooktique.com
A couple of books on the top of our list are:
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson on Libro.fm
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson on bookshop.org
(these are affiliate links for Enda’s Booktique)