Author: James Robertson

Treasure Hunting: An Interview with Artist Taylor Graves

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Core Values, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 05 Mar by James Robertson

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For local Southern Arizona artist Taylor Graves, that old saying could not be truer. With the right materials and a little imagination, a “piece of junk” becomes a work of art. Let’s get to know a bit more about one of Bookmans’ most popular local artists.

Bookmans Interviews artist Taylor Graves image of microphone interview with reporter
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American Horror Story Seasons Ranked Worst to Best

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise, Reel Chat on 16 Feb by James Robertson

I love American Horror Story. This show is filled with heart-wrenching scenes of murder, love stories, dark humor, and so much more. The acting from every character is phenomenal. You can really tell each actor/actress put their all into the show. Every season of AHS is packed with hidden motifs, metaphors, and messages and that is what makes this show so fantastic. But there are some parts of each season that just did not sit well with me. Without further ado, here is my take on all the seasons of American Horror Story, ranked from worst to best.

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Indulge in the Divine: Tarot Recommendations

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 05 Feb by James Robertson

Tarot reading has been around for centuries and from the look of it, will be around for many years to come. With thousands of tarot decks to choose from, looking for the perfect one can be a struggle that all mystics face. From color choices to the weight of the cards to illustration and design, sometimes decks just don’t feel like the right ones for you. Don’t fret – Bookmans is here to help! We offer a wide selection of decks for all experience levels. Here are my top four favorite tarot decks that I’ve encountered at my Bookmans store.

Tarot Card deck with book and two piles of cards

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How to Handle a Breakup, Bookmans-style

Posted in Bookie Blog on 05 Jan by James Robertson

No one wants to be sad during the holiday season. December, also known as Cuffing Season, may have been the perfect time to find someone to snuggle up with and not to be alone. But, as the holiday cheer wains and January moves on, you may find that it’s time to make a clean break, or worse, you may find yourself broken up with. My advice: best to get it over with before Valentine’s Day is in sight. This January, instead of sulking your way through it all, celebrate breakup month by focusing on yourself and your needs instead and get your reading on! Here are my top five Young Adult novels to get you through an awful – or maybe just awkward – break up.

Three books including John Green's An Abundance of Katherines, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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50 Creative Ways to Be Kind During the Holidays

Posted in Core Values on 19 Dec by James Robertson

‘Tis the season of giving! The holidays can be a rough time for everyone. With shopping, family gatherings, traveling, and the festivities, things can get a little crazy out there. So let’s stop for a second and think about what we can do to give back. With the right amount of care and kindness, it is so easy to turn a stranger’s day around.

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Bookmans Recommends: Nintendo Classics

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 08 Dec by James Robertson

Bookmans is obsessed with all things Nintendo. Classic games like Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and the ever loved Pokemon franchise… we could talk about those for hours! Since the release of the Nintendo Switch, we are all buzzing with excitement – and a bit of nostalgia too. Every time a new console is released, our minds go straight to the memories we made playing the Nintendo games that were such a big part of our childhoods. For most of us, Nintendo games were a comfort and a friend; an escape from the long days at school or how we made and grew friendships. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to geek out and reminisce about the best of Nintendo franchises.

Nintendo Switch console with Pokemon, Yoshi, and Mario Amiibo figures. A Zelda game is shown on the Switch screen.

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Cook Your Way Through the Holidays

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 21 Nov by James Robertson

The holidays are just around the bend, and you can see signs of it everywhere. As one of the most heartfelt times of the year, it is important to have a battalion of great cooking and baking ideas ready for those last-minute party invitations. Luckily, Bookmans is here to save the day with our gigantic array of cookbooks! Here are five cookbooks to cook your way through this holiday season.

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Spread the Local Love

Posted in Community Events, Core Values, In Our Stores on 14 Nov by James Robertson

Every November, Bookmans celebrates supporting locally owned businesses with Shop Local Give Local Month. We believe independently owned businesses are the key to creating and maintaining cultural diversity. This is what makes Tucson, Arizona so unique. Our lovely city is stuffed with unique local businesses making a name for themselves, each store just as diverse as the last. We could not be more proud! Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite hard-working local businesses and share some local love.

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Five Great Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 07 Nov by James Robertson

Hey there! You probably clicked on this post because YOU are an animal lover! Well we can tell you one thing – you are in good company! Bookmans has a ginormous animal welfare family! From golden retrievers to greyhounds, we support all animal lovers! ‪November 5th through November 11th‬ is National Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week! In celebration, here are five great reasons to adopt a pet. (Cue the Sarah McLachlin song… )

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Frightful Fall: Unlucky 13th

Posted in Reel Chat on 31 Oct by James Robertson

Halloween is here and it is the perfect time of the year for old myths, legends, and scary stories. But what exactly is the story behind Friday the 13th? The answer? No one really knows.

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Tucson’s Fall Bucket List for the Family

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 26 Oct by James Robertson

Fall is an amazing time of the year! Pumpkin-flavored everything, costumes, cool weather, scarves, and leaves of many hues slowly falling off the almost-bare trees. Some say autumn is the season of love, so let’s bundle up and find out some amazing ways you too can celebrate this beautiful season with those you love the most!

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Frightful Fall | Classic Halloween Songs

Posted in Musical Notes on 19 Oct by James Robertson

Everyone celebrates Frightful Fall differently. Costumes, candy apples, trick-or-treating and fall festivals are all popular ways to show your autumn spirit. At Bookmans, we like to celebrate with the perfect Halloween playlist. With so many creepy songs to choose from, we recommend making a few different playlists in order to capture each specific spooky mood. Today, we are highlighting the classics. These songs are a must at any Frightful Fall party. Whether you will be watching horror movies or carving pumpkins this Halloween, here is a list of knock-your-socks off songs to get you in that scary spirit.

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Local Arts | Luna Gale at Saint Francis Theater

Posted in Community Events on 12 Oct by James Robertson

What does it take to raise a child? In Rebecca Gilman’s drama Luna Gale, two teenagers struggle with drug abuse while trying to raise a child. Caroline, an esteemed social worker believes she has a typical case on her hands. Stuck in the middle of this custody battle, Caroline can’t help but connect deeply with the case. On one side, she sees the love that the mother and father have for each other and their baby, but is wary of their sobriety. On the other side, she sees a grandmother filled with love and compassion, but soon realizes her main priority is to prepare for the coming rapture. Little does she know that her involvement in the case opens doors that are maybe best left untouched. Heart wrenching, gripping, and estranged, Luna Gale takes the stage at Tucson’s very own local Saint Francis theater on October 13-29, 2017. “Luna Gale is a compelling drama,” director Mark Klugheit says. “It has no villains. It has seven people, each of whom are intensely driven by what they feel is right. And when you have people who have a strong sense of what is right, there are clashes, there’s drama.”

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Frightful Fall | Top 5 Underrated Horror Movies

Posted in Reel Chat on 09 Oct by James Robertson

It’s Frightful Fall at Bookmans and we’re counting down our Top 5 favorite underrated horror films! These films were chosen for a variety of reasons, each one displays certain extraordinary qualities that set them apart from others in the horror genre. Some were executed with professional expertise utilizing cinematography, sound, special effects, lighting, direction, acting, plot development and the like in original and professional ways. Others were adapted from novels and utilized cultural and literary references to bring cannon concepts into the modern arena. While others had a stellar cast and stood out not only because the direction was spot on but the acting was as well. These films stick with us and give us what we crave from a horror film: a good scare and a lasting thrill.

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Top Five Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument

Posted in Musical Notes on 04 Oct by James Robertson

Johann Sebastian Bach once said, “It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Music has been around since the dawn of time. Its incredible diversity in the sounds, genres, instruments, and emotions makes music is a universal language. Well, maybe not technically a language, but people can connect in such a way that sometimes words cannot reach. So here are a list of the top five reasons why you should learn a musical instrument!

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Banned Books Week | Counter Culture Lit

Posted in Bookie Blog on 29 Sep by James Robertson

Bookmans is known for having those hard to find treasures in all our departments. This is especially true for our book department, where we frequently have unique titles, quirky subject matter and interesting artwork. This week is no exception. In honor of Banned Books Week, we are thrilled to feature some controversial, extremely rare, counter culture titles. These works were groundbreaking and highly controversial for their time. Many are still hotly debated and some are even reviled. Today, we highlight three of our favorite rare esoteric counter culture works.

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Bookmans Recommends | Reiki Readings

Posted in Bookie Blog on 27 Sep by James Robertson

Bookmans is a wonderland of books, music, movies and media. So, it isn’t surprising that there are certain sections in our stores that some folks have yet discovered. Today, we focus on our New Age book section. More specifically, we’re delving into the art of Reiki. Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that therapists can channel healing energy into the patient by means of touch. This form of natural healing is very spiritual (yet has no religious attachments) and has been known to help physical pain, insomnia, stress reduction, depression, and much more. This control of healing energy can also be used in daily activities. Some use the technique while gardening, cooking, during pregnancy, studying, and even with electronics. Reiki functions on a physical, mental, and emotional level. It is an unlimited form of spiritual healing energy. This healing energy is passed through gentle static light pressure touch and has also been known to work over long distances. It’s all about sending those good vibes!

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Get Crafty | World’s Easiest Art Project

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 24 Aug by James Robertson

Hey parents, teachers, big sisters and brothers and anyone else who works with children! We know summer is soon coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up artistic activities. Even if you are just about out of ideas for interactive and educational fun, we can help. Today, we are unveiling the easiest kids craft EVER. This activity takes very little prep, is virtually free, and allows your charges to use their imaginations in order to make whatever they want. What are we talking about? A Landscape Collage craft. We would bet a nickel that if you have kids around, you will have everything you need to do this craft. Part of the fun of this craft is collecting the supplies. Your tiny talents will be imagining their very own landscape and filling it with whatever treasures they can find. Collecting the materials can be like a treasure hunt, you can send them through the house, yard, garage or spare room to find their supplies. You can expand on this part of the activity if you like by providing them with a prize when they are done. So let’s get started!

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Movie Madness | Five Fave Horror Films

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 22 Aug by James Robertson

The horror genre, both in film and print, is the most difficult to do well. When was the last time you saw or read something truly original and truly scary? August is Movie Madness month here at Bookmans, so let’s take a look at what I feel is the best of the best in the horror film genre. As a side note, it’s difficult to speak about horror movies without mentioning horror in literature. Many of the best horror movies were originally books. It seems that film takes a huge cue from literature when looking for new material. Some of the most successful movies in the genre began as books and were later adapted for film. We don’t begrudge film makers for this, much of what makes horror interesting is psychological. Think of the scariest nightmare you’ve ever had and then try to tell it to another person. Chances are that it won’t sound half as terrifying as it was in your mind. Our imaginations seem perfectly designed to create things that petrify us. Translating those elements on to the screen is a challenge, especially when one refuses to resort to the typical horror elements. It’s relatively easy to make a slasher gore fest and easier still to shock your audience with a jump scare. The real talent getting under your viewers skin and leaving a lasting impression. The true virtuoso can also overcome both time and technology to create a work that both lasts for years and still scares audiences even when special effects technology has moved forward. Let’s have a look at five films that do just that. They continue to scare us year after year. Read More…

Movie Madness | Book to Film Adaptations

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise, Reel Chat on 10 Aug by James Robertson

Hollywood has a long tradition of using literature to inspire film and television. This long standing alliance between actors, writers, directors and authors has produced some of film’s finest works. Bookmans staff has a deep affection for both mediums and lots and lots of opinions on where film adaptations of novels are successful (and where they fail). The following Book-to-Movie discussion will look a little deeper into the elements that work toward transferring words to the screen. We will also have a look at a few films that are noteworthy. The list is far too long to discuss more than just a few titles. In fact, while researching, we uncovered a couple of titles that surprised even us.

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