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Author: Caity Evans

Star Wars: Return of the Readers Sale at Bookmans Northwest

Posted in In Our Stores on 17 Oct by Caity Evans


Shop the Bookmans Galaxy at Bookmans Northwest! 

20% All Products, All Day!

Bookmans Northwest is hosting a Bookmans: Return of the Readers Sale this Saturday, October 21st featuring 20% all products! Stock up on all your favorite books, movies, music, video games and more. Don’t miss your chance to shop this stellar sale as we offer 20% the entire Bookmans Galaxy! Receive an additional 10% off for wearing a Star Wars Costume. (Nice try, t-shirts do not count as costumes.) This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. The Force is with you at our Bookmans: Return of the Reader Sale!

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Messing with the Bull | The Legacy of Ferdinand

Posted in Bookie Blog on 05 Oct by Caity Evans


By Samantha Verini, Editorial Intern for Worlds of Words

You would be hard-pressed to find a home in America without a copy of The Story of Ferdinand, but you might still be surprised by the full story of our beloved bull. It turns out that Ferdinand survived more than just the bullring; from his creation in 1936, Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s most cherished character appeared as a controversial symbol during the Spanish Civil War and World War II before appearing across the media as an icon for peace.

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October is Frightful Fall at Bookmans!

Posted in In Our Stores on 30 Sep by Caity Evans


Fall is here! Along with knitwear, cooler temps and colorful foliage comes fright nights and spooky celebrations! Bookmans stores open their doors to ghosts, ghouls and goblins for frightfully Fall-tastic events all October long. From scary cinema to creepy crawler meet and greets to trick or treating in our stores, Bookmans has got you covered in the all things spooky department!

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Rad Bands That Just Happen To Sing Other Languages

Posted in Musical Notes on 19 Sep by Caity Evans


Music is grand isn’t it? From classic rock to punk rock, from hip hop to bubblegum pop, we love music of all genres. And we love music of all languages too! Sometimes, listening to sweet tunes in an unfamiliar language can be intimidating but there is a lot to be gained from being taken out your comfort zone. Sure, you might not know the actual lyrics but the music can still be enjoyable and it’s proven it actually helps you learn another language. Not to mention, you can still groove to a song regardless of whether or not you can understand the lyrics. So to help you get started introducing non-English singing bands and musicians, here are just three bands sure to make you move.

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Get Caught Reading Banned and Challenged Books at Bookmans!

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores, News on 01 Sep by Caity Evans


Banned Books Month is here! Every September, Bookmans proudly celebrates literature contraband as we highlight the astounding amount of titles that have been the subject of censorship. From the King James Bible to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to Brown Bear Brown Bear to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, censorship knows no prejudice. Titles across all genres have been removed from schools and libraries across the United States. Whether it’s a children’s picture book that is rumored to promote Marxism or a villain who is perceived to be too mean, books are banned or challenged more often than most people realize. It’s even likely that some of your most cherished bedtime stories were once banned. Bookmans stores across AZ are hosting a plethora of events for all you rebel readers out there who proudly read banned and challenged books.

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Bookmans Attends EEF’s 6th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee

Posted in Community Events on 23 Aug by Caity Evans


Join Bookmans at the 6th annual Celebrity Spelling Bee this Friday 8/25 at 7pm at The Rialto Theatre brought to you by the Educational Enrichment Foundation. This year EEF goes even bigger as this beloved Tucson tradition is set to premier at The Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson. Tucson celeb Adam Rex and State Senator Steve Farley will be among the spellers competing for the top prize.

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Bookmans Recommends | Dunkirk at The Loft Cinema

Posted in Reel Chat, Uncategorized on 17 Aug by Caity Evans


August is Movie Madness month at all six Bookmans stores! And while we are enjoying awesome free events and activities highlighting cinema, we also wanted to take a moment and talk about one of our favorite places to hang and enjoy a film or three! The Loft Cinema in Tucson has been around for generations and just so happens to be a Bookmans bestie. We have a long standing relationship with this Tucson cultural hot spot. When the opportunity presented itself to see this theater after their recent remodel and enjoy Christopher Nolan’s latest feat Dunkirk in 70 MM, of course we hopped to it. Check out my thoughts on Nolan’s latest film and why you should definitely see it at The Loft.

Dunkirk in theaters Summer 2017.

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Movie Madness | Miyazaki Magic

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 04 Aug by Caity Evans


Hayao Miyazaki has often been referred to as the Walt Disney of Japan. A co-founder of the renowned Studio Ghibli, his imaginative and original animated fairytales are both visually and narratively captivating. We admire Miyazaki for weaving culturally significant themes into his complex story lines. His films often address issues such as environmental awareness and moral fortitude. We also love that Miyazaki tends to feature strong female leads. Empowering and inspiring, Hayao Miyazaki films are adored by millions around the world. Below you’ll find some of the highlights of his filmography.

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Bookmans Summer Sale | BOGO Mystery and Romance

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 02 Aug by Caity Evans


Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer BOGO Sale this weekend, August 4th and 5th! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on all mystery and romance novels. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we once again offer up a few suggestions for must-have mysteries and lusty literature. So sit back and relax as we provide some genre fiction sure to be added to your TBR pile.

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Bookmans Summer Sale | BOGO CDs

Posted in Musical Notes on 27 Jul by Caity Evans


Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer Sale this weekend, July 29th and 30th! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on CDs. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we once again offer up a few suggestions for must-have albums you could pick up at the Bookmans Summer Sale. So sit back and relax as we provide some sweet tune suggestions sure to combat any restlessness during these hot summer months.

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Bookmans Summer Sale | BOGO Board Games and Puzzles

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise, News on 19 Jul by Caity Evans


Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer Sale this weekend, July 22nd and 23rd! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on all board games and puzzles. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we would like to offer up our suggestions for a few family game night staples you could pick up at the Bookmans Summer Sale. The games and puzzles are sure to bring the laughs at family game night. So sit back and relax as we provide some tabletop suggestions sure to combat any restlessness during these hot summer months.

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Bookmans Recommends | Mad Men

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 17 Jul by Caity Evans


Mad Men, a television drama that originally aired on AMC, had a life of seven seasons.  The first four seasons of the show each won that year’s Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. This is a feat that only three other shows (Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and West Wing) have been able to accomplish since the Emmys’ conception in 1949.  The show also holds the record for most Emmy nominations without a win, sitting at 17. Needless to say, this show is hype. A period drama beginning in 1960, the show follows protagonist (anti-hero?) Donald Draper as he wheels and deals in the world of Madison Avenue advertising in Manhattan. In episode one, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” we learn a lot about the character Don Draper. It’s made apparent that he’s got his back against the wall going into a meeting with his agency’s largest client, the non-fictional R. J. Reynolds Tobacco company, owner of the Lucky Strike brand of cigarettes.  The audience knows he’s got nothing to present, but when called on in the meeting, he stands up and somehow manages to give one of the greatest pitches in sales history on the fly.  You see, Don works best under pressure.

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Bookmans Summer Sale! BOGO DVDs

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 12 Jul by Caity Evans


Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer Sale this weekend, July 15th and 16th! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on all DVDs priced at $8.00 or less. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we would like to offer up our suggestions for a few double features you could pick up at the Bookmans Summer Sale. These are films that we love and think you could too! So sit back and relax as we provide some cinematic options sure to combat any restlessness during these hot Summer months.

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#AwesomeAlert | Tucson Community Partners!

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 07 Jul by Caity Evans


It’s no secret that Bookmans LOVES animals. We can’t help but get excited when a customer brings their lovable four-legged friend into one of our stores. From dogs to cats to lizards and birds, PETS ROCK! That’s why we allow friendly pets on a leash to hang at our stores and we dedicate the entire month of July to celebrating our K9 companions. We invite local pet adoption organizations and community partners to our stores for an array of free events geared towards a healthy and happy fido. We’d love to take some time and introduce just a couple of the awesome community groups and organizations doing great work right here in Tucson. So without further ado, here are some of Bookmans animal welfare besties.

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Bookmans Recommends | Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

Posted in Uncategorized on 03 Jul by Caity Evans


Rant, the 8th novel by renowned author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) is an oral biography of the life of Buster “Rant” Casey.  As the book opens, we are informed that Buster Casey is now deceased. Friends and family recount the times they spent with Rant and their memories of him. The editor organizes these interviews chronologically, starting with his childhood in rural small town America leading up to his adult life in the big city.  

Rant

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Though I suppose most of Palahniuk’s novels contain “sci-fi elements,” I’d say that at it’s core, Rant is a true sci-fi novel.  Due to the nature of the book and it’s oral biography format, many details about the world are taken for granted by the interviewees and aren’t immediately divulged to the reader.  Because of this, Rant appears to be a relatively mundane tale at first, but as the novel progresses, a better picture of the world that the characters inhabit starts to come into focus.  It’s hard to go into detail about this without including spoilers, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Something made immediately obvious to the reader is that Rant Casey is a polarizing individual.  He was either loved or hated. Very few folks who crossed his path are apathetic. Casey is being accused of mass murder, being hailed as one of the most deadly serial killers of all time.  The book attempts to further investigate these claims by interviewing those who knew and were close to Buster Casey during the various stages of his life.  Many propose Casey’s innocence, while others swear on his guilt.  Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between?

Rant and Palahniuk’s other works can be found on the shelves of the general fiction section at any of our locations.  If you’ve previously read and enjoyed Palahniuk, then you’re sure to love this one as well.  If you’re new to his works then Rant is a great place to start!

June’s Tunes | Top 5 TV Theme Songs

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 20 Jun by Caity Evans


You know them by heart. You clap along when appropriate. They are the sounding bell for many TV binge sessions. Of course, we are talking about those completely recognizable TV theme songs. From the classics like “Come and Knock On My Door” from Three’s Company to more recent ones like Malvina Reynolds “Little Boxes” on Weeds, these short, catchy and on-point songs help sell the show and set the mood. So sit back, pop some corn and chill as we count down our Top 5 TV Theme Songs courtesy of Bookmans Midtown.

Tv Theme Songs

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Now Hiring | Musical Electronic Repair in Tucson

Posted in Job Postings, News, Uncategorized on 12 Jun by Caity Evans


***THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED*** Bookmans is hiring for our Musical Instrument Repair Shop based in Tucson! We are in need of an experienced Musical Electronics Repair Technician and we think it may be you! Join our amazing team at the Bookmans Instrument Repair Shop based out of the Bookmans Resource Center. You can get a full description of the job below then apply online today!

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Bookmans Midtown | Top Album Recommendations

Posted in Musical Notes on 07 Jun by Caity Evans


It’s June’s Tunes here at Bookmans! The store to explore has mad love for all things geek and that includes music. Whether it’s classic rock like Zeppelin, funk like George Clinton or something a bit softer like Joni Mitchell, we love all types of tunes. That’s why we asked our Musical Instrument Department at Bookmans Midtown to share their favorite albums. These albums never get old for our team members, with each album serving as an introduction to their love of music. Maybe you’ll know a few mentioned here or gain a new favorite yourself.

Album Recommendations

Artwork by Joe Fanning

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Tune In This June | Free Events At Bookmans

Posted in Community Events, Contests & Giveaways, In Our Stores, News on 01 Jun by Caity Evans


Tune in this month for June’s Tunes at Bookmans! All month-long we host an orchestra of fun-filled events sure to be music to your ears. From instrument workshops to performances and giveaways, we’ve got you covered for the month of June. Our stores will embark on a state-wide celebration of the marvelous world of music, so stay tuned for events at Bookmans!

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3 Ways To Be An Amazon | Channeling Wonder Woman

Posted in Reel Chat on 31 May by Caity Evans


The day has come! Not only are we getting solo female superhero movies, but the daughter of Zeus herself will be making her debut on the big screen. Early reviews predict this movie to be a hit and we’re not surprised. Audiences will fall in love with Diana Prince AKA Princess Diana of Themyscira, founding member of the Justice League, demigoddess and warrior princess. It’s no secret we have mad love for the purveyor of justice and a Ms. Magazine CoverGirl. Just ask Todd our Event Liaison in Mesa. In anticipation of Wonder Woman’s theatrical debut, we’ve created The 3 Ways To Be An Amazon.

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