Author: Dani Byers

Art 4 All; Art History Unpacked | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 27 Mar by Dani Byers

Not everyone can be an art historian, critic or theorist, even if you actually studied art history. The Fine Arts field is a highly dynamic and ever changing arena. There is always something new to explore, always something new to learn. Art history is much broader than the Renaissance where even the most learned scholars who have devoted their entire lives and careers to it’s study are daunted. From there is can be argued that art is essential, innate to the human experience. The creation and appreciation of art can be traced back to man’s earliest history. There is a fundamental quality about artistic endeavors. Humans are compelled to pursue creativity. Art, of course, is a somewhat over-broad term that encompasses the entirety of all human creations. We could include non homosapiens in our discussion, as in painting elephants. We will, however, stick to people and people creating fine art.

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Young Adult Book Club at Bookmans East in Tucson | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 14 Mar by Dani Byers

PSA: Bookmans East has a Young Adult Book Club.

Have you ever read a book and desperately wanted to talk about it? Some novels, especially the best ones, leave us with a multitude of questions and ideas bouncing around our minds. We believe that the purpose of art and literature is to “hold a lens up to reality” (as aptly stated in Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy) as well as educating, expanding or challenging our own ideas – even ones we aren’t aware of.

We’re calling all young adults! Bookmans East has a Young Adult Book Club and you are invited to join! The club originally began as a teen club but the excellence of the genre coupled with the attention Hollywood has given these titles inspired us to open membership to all young adults. Books such as Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Perk of Being a Wallflower and more have been adapted for the screen which bringing wider attention to young adult fiction.

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Clever and Creative; Genius Re-purposing | All Things Art at Bookmans

Posted in Merchandise on 06 Mar by Dani Byers

Ever looked at something and thought “That is so clever – it’s so simple!” or “That is so cute, what could I use it for?” At Bookmans we have those thoughts daily, it is actually part of our job. Bookmans is a treasure trove of interesting items that you just can’t resist, so we want to help you find a use for these amazing finds and get organized while doing it, plus, its March which means it’s All Things Art and we think that making cool things from other cool things absolutely counts.

We know that everyone can benefit from organization but being tidy doesn’t have to come at the expense of style. You can organize your world and still have it look incredible. We also strongly believe in the transformative power of recycling and re-puposing, using existing items to spare our planet the burden of more stuff. That idea suits our creative tendencies as well – why use something boring (or worse, ugly) when you can get the same result from an interesting beautiful object?

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Read To Me: Recommends for Kids to Love Reading | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values, Merchandise on 02 Mar by Dani Byers

We are literary lovers, and rightfully so surrounded by all the awesomeness that is our orange shelves. We are passionate about reading – obviously. The question sometimes posed to us is “How do I get the young people in my life to enjoy reading as much as I do?” or “My kid doesn’t like to read, how do I get them off their smart phone?” Naturally we have an answer, one that may surprise you, it is a two-part answer.

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Grind Your Gears at Bookmans! Find all things Cars at Your Fave Bookstore

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 23 Feb by Dani Byers

When you think of Bookmans you think of…Cars!! Yeah!! Cars. Not just cars though, anything that moves, runs, can work on those vehicles or can be made from parts from said vehicles. We have parts and manuals, tools and photo essays. We even have tiny little cars, motorcycles, tractors and kits that you put together to make your own model cars, ships, bikes and planes. Do you have a transportation enthusiast in your life or, maybe, you ARE an enthusiast? Check out our Transportation section for all kinds of motorized wonders, and read on to get a better idea!

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Wandering Through the Wellness Wilderness | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 20 Feb by Dani Byers

We feel like it’s that time of year (STILL) that people are on a roll with thinking about health and wellness, trying out new fitness and diets. We assume that in a few more months we’ll all have moved into the routine phase and less into the research, but if you’re still there (go you!) then let’s have a look at some awesome wellness reads as we wander through the wellness wilderness together. #handinhand

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Love of Quirky Lit | Bookmans Love of Reading Month

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values, In Our Stores on 15 Feb by Dani Byers

What better way to show your affection this month than with…Books?!! Bookmans has combined Valentines Day with our love of literacy to create Love of Reading month. This February we are highlighting what we do best, focusing on our roots. Our quirkiness and unique collections make us a huge Cabinet of Curiosities; you never know what treasures you will find. In every corner, each nook and cranny is another wonderfully weird title and that is half the fun. It’s a giant pirate chest that holds precious gems, priceless volumes of wisdom and wit. We get so excited about all the fantastic finds that we decided to set up an extra section just for our most unusual, extra interesting finds. Check out our Cool, Interesting, Unique and Just Plain Weird Display for that special title featuring topics that you never knew were in print. Here is a little teaser to give you an idea what kinds of subjects you can find here at Bookmans Cabinet of Curiosities.

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Beatles at Bookmans: Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 06 Feb by Dani Byers

Here comes Valentine’s Day. It’s right around the corner and we are fairly sure that you are already thinking of your special someone that you’d like to make feel exactly that way with an amazing and unique gift. It’s a safe bet that a whole lot of folks, of all ages and tastes, love the Beatles. The impact that the Fab Four have had on music and culture is incalculable. Bookmans East always has some of the coolest and greatest things, from those hot hot hot novels to the rad collectors items that you can’t wait to get your paws on like Beatles memorabilia. (Of course we always suggest the phone call to ensure someone hasn’t snatched it up already…info here) 😉

This is the real deal, prints, promos, magazines and pretty much every thing you can think of that can be made into Beatles merchandise. The best part is it’s original, straight from the era in which it was originally created and released. I bet that you think you know the scope of Beatles merchandise. Trust us you have never seen a collection like this. It took us two days to even go through it and it took the collector literally a lifetime to amass. Lucky us – and lucky you – our customers are loyal, so it was brought to us at seriously reduced prices. These are items that can be extremely difficult to locate, let alone priced reasonably so that folks like you and I can purchase them. But wait…there’s more! All of this merchandise, like everything Bookmans carries can be purchased with our famous Trade Credit. So put away that credit card, gather some good condition items and sell them to us so that you can buy that one of a kind, never to be topped, best ever present for the Beatles lovers in your life. So, what exactly do we have? There really is too much to list everything so lets touch on the most unique items in our current collection perfect for that Valentine’s Day gift you have been searching for. P.S. there are still 8 days to shop! Go go gadget go!

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Critters: A Keeper’s Guide to Pets | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 25 Jan by Dani Byers

Got Pets? Bookmans is passionate about animal welfare so we have sections specified for all types of animals and pets. We do separate the sections between animals and pets not just for ease of shopping, but for practical reasons. Not all animals should be pets, how many folks have a pet grizzly bear or a killer whale in their backyard? Luckily it isn’t necessary to own or live with animals to respect and admire them. That is why Bookmans has such a large selection on different types of animals and pets. If you are considering pet adoption, we encourage to do your research first and we have all of the guides and manuals to assist you in choosing and caring for your pets. We also have a section for animal stories, (Tails? haha), that will give you a first hand look at the relationship between animals and humans. Many of these titles are humorous, heartwarming and educational. Let’s take a look at some titles that caught our eye.

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The Moon is Wrong: Astronomy 101 | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 10 Jan by Dani Byers

If you are anything like a typical Bookmans employee you stand out in your yard at 3am and wonder what is wrong with the moon. This behavior could also be linked to growing up in Tucson. Little desert kids spend lots of time looking up, or laying on the ground staring at the night sky, possibly because there is so much to look at. Arizona has long been a hub on astronomical research with the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Planetarium and Kitt Peak. In lieu of deeper psychological exploration which might expose our potentially embarrassing fascination with standing in our yards late at night we will just say it’s typical for Tucsonans. We do things like this.


Folks from Michigan go fishing, we stand around getting a kink in our necks. We therefore notice things, things that aren’t right – like the moon. Just before the new year, around Dec. 18th, some of you might have also been standing in your yard noticing that the moon was wrong. Totally wrong. It was getting smaller like usual but it was disappearing from the top down. Initially it looked like cloud cover was simply obscuring the top quarter of the Moon but NOPE. It kept doing this strange thing night after night. It actually was waning (your first technical term; it means getting smaller, yeah I had to look it up to be sure) from a horizontal position. Wrong. No, no, the moon is supposed to get smaller – or larger – from left to right or right to left, depending upon the phase and where you are on the planet. We will try to cover all of this but it gets messy. Read More…

Fisher, Michaels, Cohen: Legendary Losses | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 03 Jan by Dani Byers

What a year. So many of our beloved luminaries, entertainers, and writers have passed. It’s mind boggling and leaves us feeling almost numb, but not numb enough. There are simply too many fantastic creative intelligent people who have passed in 2016 to cover here. We do want to begin though by giving a special nod to Gwen Ifill of PBS and broadcasting fame as well as writers Harper Lee and Richard Adams who wrote the famous To Kill a Mockingbird and Watership Down respectively. All three gave us so much and they leave behind a legacy of intelligence and excellence in their fields.



Now we will turn to those three we have decided to remember here in slightly more depth, although the task impossible. It would take infinite volumes to cover not only their works but their lives, which were equally interesting and unique. Read More…

New Year’s Eve DIY Masks: A Tutorial | Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 30 Dec by Dani Byers

It’s basically 2017, but that mean New Year’s Eve is TOMORROW and we couldn’t be more excited to ring in the new year with open arms. We’re sure your plans are full of bubbly and poppers but we wanted to give you a last minute craft idea to make tomorrow festive, fun and over the top. We bring you: DIY masks! Whether it’s for a masquerade or you just want to be the coolest one at Congress – here’s a simple way to make New years Eve a blast.

You can make your mask from things you probably already have around the house with only a few items easily purchased at your local dollar store. Not only will you save money putting your New Year’s Eve mask together but you can turn this into family fun time for the little ones not going out to celebrate. You’ll all have a great time as you look back on the memories of 2016 and get ready to be part of a new year and a new you!

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We Have ALL the Things | Buying Gifts is Easy at Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 20 Dec by Dani Byers

It’s a common adage that you shouldn’t go grocery shopping while hungry, or whatever. No one has ever put a prohibition on shopping while crazy though and that is a relief because the heat is on to find those perfect gifts. Fortunately, we make it easy! The mad dash for the checkout lines has begun and those of you who put off your Holiday shopping until the last minute are feeling the strain. Please don’t ‘mall’. It’s unnecessary.

You need not torment yourself (and your credit score) trying to battle with the festive hordes. Here is what you do: take a deep breath and listen…the answer is Bookmans. It works like this: you collect all those past presents that you where too nice or too busy to return, put them in a box and bring them to us. We evaluate them for resale and then make offers either in cash or Trade Credit to buy YOUR stuff. That’s right folks, Bookmans will pay YOU to shop for your holiday gifts. That isn’t crazy, that’s amazing. It’s even more amazing when you realize that you can buy all of your holiday gifts here with said Trade Credit. And if you think that is the best part, then you haven’t gone crazy shopping here yet.


We have everything. No…literally everything. Bookmans stores are famous for having the most unusual, quirky, unique, one of a kind, handmade, vintage, new, weird and absolutely perfect items that will make the season of giving gifts merry and bright…not crappy and dark.  Read More…

Crime Pays: Books Sure to Put You in Stiches | Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in Bookie Blog on 14 Dec by Dani Byers

The world has seen a lot of silly criminals, and crime isn’t funny, except when it is. Law enforcement has been known to lament the utter lack of common sense in some of those trying to make a buck or heist. Get ready to face palm as we cover a few True Crime titles that tell the stories of criminals gone wrong.

We’ll start with America’s Dumbest Criminals by Butler, Ray and Gregory. The subtitle of this one is equally telling “victims of their own crimes” and we wish all crime could be so self referential. America’s Dumbest tells some truly entertaining stories like the lady who ruined her $5,000 winning lottery ticket by altering it to match a $20.00 ticket. One convenience store robber made off with one hot dog only to choke on it in the store’s parking lot, proving once again, everything we need to know we learned in kindergarten. He must have flunked sandbox. A check forger mistakenly signed the stolen check with his own signature then proceeded to give the teller his real i.d. complete with his current address.

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Geek Out Christmas

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 09 Dec by Dani Byers

You want to buy your person an awesome gift, but you would prefer to get them something really really cool for not a lot of cash money. No mugs (unless it’s a Doctor Who mug), no ties (OK, maybe a Darth Vader tie), no ‘As Seen on TV’ gadget (they never work anyway). What is a proper Geek with properly Geeky friends supposed to do?? Go to Bookmans of course!! Not only can you purchase your gifts with Trade Credit (so put away that credit card – the interest rate is waaay too high). You can find the most unique gifts in our Geek Zone. You might want to cry “but they are used!!”. Well, yes they are but this isn’t Manhattan my friend and we do things different in these parts and we only purchase items that are in the best quality. Also, you might be surprised to discover that the items you find in our Geek Zone (and all over our vast spectacular Showrooms of Quirkiness) LOOK NEW. Most of the time we have to tell folks that our merchandise is used, and they are amazed. Your friends and family will be so shocked with awe and gratitude for the truly cool gift you gave them that it will never occur to think past their amazement that they actually received a gift that they wanted. Yeah, that could be YOU giving those gifts. So lets have a quick look at some of the fabulous fabulousness you can achieve by giving your peeps gifts from Bookmans!

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Manuals for Manly Men: Recommends | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 02 Dec by Dani Byers

Our guest reviewer decided to take a look at one of today’s most popular subjects – manuals for the man, or guides for the guy. These are titles aimed, supposedly, at making men more manly or maybe they intend to help men be more like men. Look at any bookstore and you will see countless titles aimed at women, purportedly to help them be better women. Nothing wrong with that – we all want to be our best selves. With the New Year upon us, many will indulge in that annual tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. Here is a light-hearted review of one such title, one specifically for men, Mark Dawidziak’s Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness. This review was submitted by Taylor Birkey who began innocently enough by looking for mustache trimming tips and fell into the land of Self Help. Here is what he learned:

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Strange Things Make Great Gifts | Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 28 Nov by Dani Byers

As we move our way into the season of buying, gifting and enjoying, that means you have the perfect excuse to enjoy and discover strange things, but of course we like them all year long. You could say that the unusual, oddball, hard to find, quirky and (dare I say it…) counterculture is our stock in trade. We know that strangeness lurks in every corner of our stores and sometimes it can be difficult to find that ONE specific oddity that you wanted. We want to help you be weird and gift weird this holiday season. We want you to find your personal weirdness niche so we created a Cool New Arrivals section. This section at our East location is right up front because we are proud of our curiosities and we don’t want you to have any further difficulty in letting your Geek Flag fly, especially when time is of the essence buying for the crazy cool cats on your list. We cull our shelves and our incoming titles for just the right strangeness level and we place them lovingly on our “Interesting, Unique & Just Plain Weird” display.  What can you expect to find on our Cool New Arrivals display? Titles that you won’t find anywhere else – not even at that kinda creepy yard sale you decided to check out but only found dirty clothes. Ew.

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Cookbooks: Recommendations and Gift Giving Guide | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 21 Nov by Dani Byers

It was bound to happen eventually. The nights are getting cooler, the days shorter, which, to most appearances, means that a certain season called FALL is approaching. In the desert we can’t be sure so we just believe what we are told on the nightly weather report, but we buy pumpkins and go on wearing our flip flops. Let’s just go with the assumption that it is fall and say, hey… you know what? I can turn on my oven now! There are folks who live in other places who actually use these oven things quite a lot instead of just living in one.

The enjoyment of food is a thing we understand after seeing the mouthwatering cookbooks we have in our stores. We decided to talk about them because looking at them made us hungry, and what a better time to get gift ideas for the upcoming and inevitable. When we read them we were amazed that we might be able to really make these foods we were reading about. Getting to eat delicious food is fun but what about the cookbook? Traditionally cookbooks weren’t actually cool to look at. Things have changed. Even if we weren’t going to make the food in these cookbooks we might still buy them and put them on our bookshelves – and that means the people they are gifted to will feel the same. We know it.

These cookbooks are eclectic, hip, bright, and pretty. They also cover foods that are interesting. So let’s take a look at what to cook this fall and how to gift the best cookbook for anyone from the diehard chef to the kitchen experimenter this holiday season.

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Frightful Fall: Halloween Hoedown – Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 17 Oct by Dani Byers

It’s Frightful Fall around here and we couldn’t be happier! Halloween is a holiday we seem tailor built to host. We have many exciting events going on in all of our stores, not just for kids, but adults get to enjoy the season too. Check out this website for our events listings to get in on the fun. For your other Halloween needs, we have you covered. Need a costume for yourself or for the trick or treaters in your life? Have a look at our rubber masks, gobblins, witches and that blobby red mask thing. Of course they are all available with Bookmans Trade Credit.

Your favorite entertainment exchange is currently carrying wigs, pirate hats, corsets (in real person sizes), and black capes. After working out a costume for yourself jump to focusing on your house. Let us help you haunt it. All manners of spook-tacular (I wait all year to use that term) Halloween decorations are available. We especially love the normal looking vintage photo that turns into a pumpkin head as you pass by. Bookmans loves to support local artists and we have hand painted skulls and skull art to add to the melange. Do you need a soundtrack? How about some terrible tales told by Poe, yes, good ole Edgar Allen on vinyl. You get to scare the kids and earn some street cred with your audiophile friends. Bobbing for apples is fun but nothing beats the Director’s Cut of the original board game Zombies.

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Hollow Hills for Young Adult Book Club – Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 06 Oct by Dani Byers

Bookmans is passionate about literature and there are few things we love more than helping young people get interested in reading. To that end, we have a Young Adult Book Club which meets several times a year to discuss our latest reads, snack, and be creative. This past meeting Bookmans Speedway discussed Hollow Hills by Ransom Riggs, which we highly recommend. Earlier in the summer, our club read the fantastic Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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If you are unfamiliar with the book it is a wonderful tale whose inspiration was old photographs found by author Ransom Riggs at estate sales, antique stores and attics everywhere. The photography was so intriguing, and often disturbing to modern eyes, that Riggs was curious about their origins. The vast majority of these weird pictures came to Riggs without any context, background or explanation. The often morbid images stood mute, unwilling to disclose their secrets. Author Ransom Riggs was left to create their stories on his own. Read More…

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