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Part 4 Finale- TFOB’s Young Author Competition Winners | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 11 Mar by Katie Branson


Enjoy the final, Part 4 of our Young Author Competiton Winner’s stories:

For most, the Tucson Festival of Books is an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the literary elite. Or at the very least, stare at them from afar working up the courage to have your tattered copy of a beloved novel signed. While we wait patiently for pages to be graced with an authors John Hancock, we rejoice in celebration of the art of literature and the written word with fellow bibliophiles. We stuff Bookmans’ totes with festival author novels and new non-fic finds. We emerge ourselves in panels and discussions on the writing process. But aside from all of that sweet bookish goodness is an array of community engagement and celebrations or art, science and learning. No TFOB event embodies this more than the Young Author Competition. Sponsored by Altrusa International of Tucson in collaboration with Tucson Festival of Books, the Young Author Competition encourages young would be Pulitzer Prize winners to create. Whether it be through poetry, short story or essay, any child from pre-k to pre-college in invited to put pen to paper and try their hand at prose.

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Bookmans is once again involved in the Young Authors Competition and couldn’t be more thrilled to do so. In addition to offering prizes to winners in the form of some Bookmans gift certs we also invited a few to be featured here on Bookmans.com. Over the next few days we will be posting one entry each day leading up to Tucson Festival of Books.

Please enjoy today’s feature A Change of Heart by 5th grader Daphne Graham. Read More…

Part 3 – TFOB’s Young Author Competition Winners | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 10 Mar by Katie Branson


Here’s Part 3 of the Young Author Competiton Winner’s stories:

For most, the Tucson Festival of Books is an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the literary elite. Or at the very least, stare at them from afar working up the courage to have your tattered copy of a beloved novel signed. While we wait patiently for pages to be graced with an authors John Hancock, we rejoice in celebration of the art of literature and the written word with fellow bibliophiles. We stuff Bookmans’ totes with festival author novels and new non-fic finds. We emerge ourselves in panels and discussions on the writing process. But aside from all of that sweet bookish goodness is an array of community engagement and celebrations or art, science and learning. No TFOB event embodies this more than the Young Author Competition. Sponsored by Altrusa International of Tucson in collaboration with Tucson Festival of Books, the Young Author Competition encourages young would be Pulitzer Prize winners to create. Whether it be through poetry, short story or essay, any child from pre-k to pre-college in invited to put pen to paper and try their hand at prose.

young author

Bookmans is once again involved in the Young Authors Competition and couldn’t be more thrilled to do so. In addition to offering prizes to winners in the form of some Bookmans gift certs we also invited a few to be featured here on Bookmans.com. Over the next few days we will be posting one entry each day leading up to Tucson Festival of Books.

Please enjoy today’s feature The Bombings of Nagasaki by 5th grader Aurora Fontaine. Read More…

Part 2 – TFOB’s Young Author Competition Winners | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 09 Mar by Katie Branson


Part 2 of the Young Author Competiton Winner’s stories below:

For most, the Tucson Festival of Books is an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the literary elite. Or at the very least, stare at them from afar working up the courage to have your tattered copy of a beloved novel signed. While we wait patiently for pages to be graced with an authors John Hancock, we rejoice in celebration of the art of literature and the written word with fellow bibliophiles. We stuff Bookmans’ totes with festival author novels and new non-fic finds. We emerge ourselves in panels and discussions on the writing process. But aside from all of that sweet bookish goodness is an array of community engagement and celebrations or art, science and learning. No TFOB event embodies this more than the Young Author Competition. Sponsored by Altrusa International of Tucson in collaboration with Tucson Festival of Books, the Young Author Competition encourages young would be Pulitzer Prize winners to create. Whether it be through poetry, short story or essay, any child from pre-k to pre-college in invited to put pen to paper and try their hand at prose.

young author

Bookmans is once again involved in the Young Authors Competition and couldn’t be more thrilled to do so. In addition to offering prizes to winners in the form of some Bookmans gift certs we also invited a few to be featured here on Bookmans.com. Over the next few days we will be posting one entry each day leading up to Tucson Festival of Books.

Please enjoy today’s feature Why Black Widows Eat Their Husbands by 4th grader Thomas Benson. Read More…

Series: TFOB’s Young Author Competition Winners | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Mar by Katie Branson


For most, the Tucson Festival of Books is an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the literary elite. Or at the very least, stare at them from afar working up the courage to have your tattered copy of a beloved novel signed. While we wait patiently for pages to be graced with an authors John Hancock, we rejoice in celebration of the art of literature and the written word with fellow bibliophiles. We stuff Bookmans’ totes with festival author novels and new non-fic finds. We emerge ourselves in panels and discussions on the writing process. But aside from all of that sweet bookish goodness is an array of community engagement and celebrations or art, science and learning. No TFOB event embodies this more than the Young Author Competition. Sponsored by Altrusa International of Tucson in collaboration with Tucson Festival of Books, the Young Author Competition encourages young would be Pulitzer Prize winners to create. Whether it be through poetry, short story or essay, any child from pre-k to pre-college in invited to put pen to paper and try their hand at prose.

young author

Bookmans is once again involved in the Young Authors Competition and couldn’t be more thrilled to do so. In addition to offering prizes to winners in the form of some Bookmans gift certs we also invited a few to be featured here on Bookmans.com. Over the next few days we will be posting one entry each day leading up to Tucson Festival of Books. Please enjoy today’s feature Will You Survive? by 6th grader Filomena Fontaine.
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Midtown Opens at 3330 E Speedway; Grant Relocates | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 17 Feb by Katie Branson


The day has come that we have said our final farewell to our tried and true Bookmans Grant on the corner of Campbell and Grant. Moving into this weekend, Bookmans Midtown opens its doors at 9am on February 18th and we are beyond excited. It’s new, fresh (clean), fun, and an awesome Bookmans if we’ve ever seen one!

Bookmans Grant is officially closed as of February 17th, with the new Midtown doors opening bright and early at 9am. Midtown will have the usual bookie hours, from 9am – 10pm for all your literary loving needs.

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“Finally! The reincarnation of Bookmans Grant is nearly done at its new location at Bookmans Midtown 3330 E. Speedway Blvd after 35 years at the corner of Campbell and Grant. The road widening has prompted us to move to a better location and we are ecstatic” says Bob Bookman when he graced us with his quirkiness and blue beard last week.

As always, the new location will be home to Bookmans beloved events (read: free) and trade philosophy.  While we want you to come hang out with us all day, we do ask that you pardon our dust as we continue the process. Some inventory is still making it’s way onto shelves and we hope that you’ll be patient as we decide where it all goes and pull it from the cardboard for you.

“We are better because of the support that Tucson gives us. You should come by and check out the newest version of your Bookmans. Tucson gave us our start and we are thrilled to be doubling down on being Tucson’s community bookstore.” said Bob just before he took a farewell picture, put it on snapchat and peaced out. ✌️

The entire Bookmans team is feeling the burn, as we have all been diligently unpacking to make the new Midtown location at Speedway and Country Club a success. The Grant Road widening project was an inevitable challenge for the previous store, one that had been a local favorite for years (35!), but Bookmans is excited to bring Tucson a fresh take with Midtown conveniently located near UA’s bike path. Now there’s no excuses as to why you can’t come in. Gotcha.

We want to thank Tucson, our visitors, our fans, our customers and our friends and family for sticking with us through the process. From start to finish we’ve been eager and excited and truly couldn’t have made it though without the support of our community. From our shelves to your hearts, we thank you!

2016…Nuf’ Said | Bookmans

Posted in News on 29 Dec by Katie Branson


We want to say goodbye to 2016 respectfully. It was another 365 days that helped shape who we are and how we view the world, and although some things might be shaping those perspectives differently than you imagined – we’re here to provide you with some perspective regardless of where you are on the spectrum.

We wouldn’t be the bookstore you know and love if we didn’t recognize the good parts of 2016 but we realize a lot of people are feeling drabby, crappy and poopy. For the sake of making 2017 a bit more shiny and less turd-like for those of you on that end, we give you a list of things sure to let you harness your inner frustration, know that you’re not alone and laugh out the craptastic feelings and for those of you not shunning 2016: a list of things you can surely be thankful for.

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Didn’t get what you want? Trade it in at Bookmans!

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 22 Dec by Katie Branson


We’re past the hall decking, and we’re maxed out on Elf references – but we’re still full of reasons to celebrate the season: number one being a fantastic opportunity to trade in your unwanted gifts at Bookmans! Bring us the weird, awful, kind-of-creepy gifts and trade them in for our infamous trade credit (or cash)! You get what you want (i.e. books, movies, fun stuff, lovely stuff, neat stuff, nerdy stuff, useful stuff) and we get a store full of funky things because that’s what we do best. After all Bookmans does the weird, funky and amazing prrreeettttyyyy preeetttyyyy pretty well. (Name that movie!)

You came in as shoppers looking for those wild, quirky, fun and fantastical gifts for others and now you can come back as traders – using the system efficiently and making up for how bad some of the things you got really are.

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What We Want to Buy | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 23 Nov by Katie Branson


If you’ve ever visited a Bookmans store, you’ve seen the ever-buzzing trade counter and heard the roar of people getting cash and the ever-loved trade credit at our counters. Our inventory is primarily based on the things that you bring us – neat right? With all the interesting things that come across our counter, Bookmans is notorious for housing the weird, funky and amazing! With that in mind, we wanted to let you know what things we’re looking to buy, and in turn, the coolness that will be in our store for you to enjoy.

The more you bring in the more cash – or trade credit – you’ll have in your pocket. Across our stores, we rallied our troops to find out what they are looking to buy as we move into the new year. Have any of this stuff you want to part with? Bring it in!

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Bookmans Grant Relocation – Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Posted in News on 03 Oct by Katie Branson


As your beloved Bookmans Entertainment Exchange turns 40 we begin this adventure with a turning of an era. Bookmans Grant is announcing an exciting new chapter beginning early 2017. As we move into a new year we are moving our Grant store to a new location in Tucson. With the closure of the Sports Exchange we are able to recommit to our loyal Tucson fanbase and bring them their favorite Grant store in a bigger and more beautiful capacity – with all the bells and whistles! We know that you may have questions and we’d love to be able to answer all of them, so please give any one of our stores a call. We hope you help us celebrate this new chapter by continuing to shop at your local Bookmans.

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