Accommodation continues to make a remarkable comeback. Written by journalist Jim Schutze, the book details the history of race relations in Dallas. Its subject matter packs an even bigger punch in light of recent social justice movements that have fueled a reckoning of race in America.
Originally published in 1987, the book quickly sold out. A used First Edition sells on Amazon for $1,204.55.
Some local residents shared it among themselves digitally and in counterfeit form for decades. In June 2020, a Twitter account started tweeting it, verbatim.
Earlier this week, Deep Vellum re-released Accommodation, with a new foreword by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Readers can now pick up a copy for $30.
Will Evans, executive director and publisher of Deep Vellum, says reposting the work furthers the nonprofit’s mission to bring to light stories that were previously hidden. “We need to understand our history – who we are, where we come from – so we can understand how to move forward,” he says.
Accommodation has generated the most online pre-orders since Deep Vellum’s inception in 2013 and is selling well through retail channels, Evans says. He predicts that the publisher will probably have to reprint the book before the end of the year.
Schutze will speak about his founding text during a conversation with Price in the grand ballroom of the Pittman Hotel on September 14. The moderator will be Noelle LeVeaux from the Communities Foundation of Texas.
Although in-person capacity for the event has already been reached, it will also be streamed live on Kera website.
The conference begins at 7:00 p.m. kera.org/theaccommodation