Magazine article World Literature Today

The Wild Detectives

Magazine article World Literature Today

The Wild Detectives

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The Bishop Arts District in Dallas is home to a pointillist collection of shops, theaters, and restaurants. But tucked away on Eighth Street is a bookstore distinctly unique, unlike any other in the Dallas area: The Wild Detectives. The shop features independent publishers, small and university presses, and a breadth of international literature.

The Wild Detectives serves as a café and bar where customers can choose from various specialty coffees, beers, and wines. There's no pressure to buy a book. "We didn't just want this space to be a bookstore," says Carlos Guajardo, the store's man- ager. "We wanted it to be a project space where people could gather to exchange ideas and be creative, and the books serve as a catalyst for that. Of course, so does the booze."

The uniqueness of the bookstore would be unworthy of a simple name. The Wild Detectives comes from a book by Chilean author Roberto Bola- ño, Los detectives salvajes (the owners preferred the Wild Detectives to The Savage Detectives, the title of the book's English translation). …

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