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Games Gone Retro | Vintage Board Games

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 15 May by Dani Byers


Vintage is trending and Bookmans East has just the games for you! Retro Range has released a collection of retro inspired games with original artwork and game pieces. These are “modernized versions of old favourites” that combine the quirky charm of vintage toys and games with the special features of updated versions. There is nothing tacky about these games; they are wonderfully eccentric. These modernized classics incorporate wholesomeness paired with a cheeky sensibility. The games they chose to update and remake are not just the games from your childhood but also from your grandparent’s childhoods.vintage Read More…

Freak Out and Geek Out

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 11 May by Dani Byers


Let us take you to a very special place, your happy place! It is a wonderland of treasures, where everything you love is there and everyone is smiling. We don’t have any lemon drops, but boy do we have sweet stuff! May is Geek Out month and Bookmans wants to introduce you to our uber elite, culturally reflective playland we call the Geek Zone.geek Read More…

Books Get Sexy at Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 04 May by Dani Byers


Bookmans East has rearranged some of our non-fiction sections to make finding the books you are hunting for easier. Some of those sections include topics that are fundamental to the human experience. No, we aren’t talking about taxes. We aren’t even talking about cooking or home maintenance, at least not cooking in the traditional sense. We are talking about sexuality, relationships, marriage and divorce – the BIG 4. It’s something we all have in common, unless you are a monk, but even then you got here somehow. So yeah, sex is a thing.

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Being Green and Orange

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 28 Apr by Dani Byers


April is Earth month for Bookmans, because one of our core values as a company is the environment. It makes sense to take care of that which is most important to all of us – Mother Earth. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle has been our mission for 40 years, way before the term global warming was an unfortunate part of our modern lexicon. While we are glad that humanity is beginning to wake up, we have a long way to go. Like Kermit said, “it ain’t easy being green” or orange. The best changes are those that are incorporated into our daily lives, small changes that can have lasting and large cumulative effects. All through the month of April our Bookmans locations host environmental fairs and recycling events to help you stay informed, but we rock Mother Earth all year long and we want you to join us. We’re here to help you find the best ways to support our environment and protect this precious planet, so let’s get started!

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Bookmans Bling | Let’s Talk Jewelry

Posted in Merchandise on 18 Apr by Dani Byers


You can’t imagine how much jewelry Bookmans sells. It’s crazy! Folks are astounded when they notice our high-end cases or our full to overflowing jewelry spinners.  You can find just about anything you want here. Bookmans sells jewelry and we sell a lot of it!

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Coloring Grows Up – Join Our Adult Color Club

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 10 Apr by Dani Byers


Coloring has grown up, and become quite sophisticated. One of the newest trends in relaxation and creativity is adult coloring. When the trend first began, Bookmans was bombarded with requests for adult coloring books and we responded quickly!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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