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Top Five Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted in In Our Stores on 14 Dec by Katy Spratt


Amidst the December holiday whirlwind, finding a thoughtful and affordable gift presents a challenge. You are up for it, however, because your neighborhood Bookmans has something for everyone. We count down our Top Five Holiday Gift Ideas, sure to impress even the most discerning of recipients. Take a look at these selections and then make a beeline for the Bookmans location near you!


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Twitter Treasure Hunt Commandeers Phoenix!

Posted in Community Events, Contests & Giveaways, In Our Stores on 22 Nov by Katy Spratt


Just in time for the week of Blackbeard Friday and Small Business Saturday, Bookmans collaborates with Local First AZ (LFA) to bring you an action-packed Twitter Treasure Hunt! We have hidden seven spectacular prize packs at seven LFA businesses in the Phoenix Metro area and it’s up to you to make the discoveries. Tracking down local loot is easy.

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Meet Suyin! Event Liaison at Bookmans Flagstaff

Posted in In Our Stores on 06 Nov by Katy Spratt


Good news! We have a brand new member of the Bookmans Flagstaff team! Please help us welcome Suyin Boles into the Bookmans events family. Suyin comes to us with a wonderland of experience including Disneyland, Disney World, and SeaWorld. Growing up in Northern Arizona, Bookmans Flagstaff has always been Suyin’s home store. As a grad of The University of Arizona, Suyin spent plenty of time with her fellow Wildcats shopping at our three Tucson locations. We recently had a chance to sit down with Suyin to ask her some very important questions, including what’s her favorite thing about Bookmans.


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November Means Local Love at Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 01 Nov by Katy Spratt


Autumn has arrived in Arizona! Though our diversity shines from Ponderosa Pine country to the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona’s awesome local businesses are a common thread. This November, Bookmans celebrates homegrown Arizona commerce and community. Statewide non-profit organization, Local First AZ shows that just a 10% shift from corporate chains to locally-owned businesses creates millions in economic activity, adds hundreds of new jobs and provides higher wages for workers in our communities. Even better, don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your local-vore knowledge while you shop! Join Bookmans this month for a veritable cornucopia of fun events. Each store hosts free activities to inspire awareness of Arizona non-profits, shops, restaurants and other businesses. Stop by every location for local-themed events that help make our neighborhood better. From the Arizona Fall Fest to local business fairs, discover what treasures exist in our Grand Canyon State.


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Bookmans Recommends | House (Hausu)

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 25 Oct by Katy Spratt


Frightful Fall may be winding down, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating! We at Bookmans recommend some additional home screenings of spooky classics, preferably with candy or kettle corn. One of our top choices for October entertainment is Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 comedy-horror film, House (Hausu). This true indie masterpiece is comprised of almost all amateur actors, only Kimiko Ikegami and Yōko Minamida had previously acted on film.

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Celebrate Autumn at Arizona Fall Fest!

Posted in Community Events on 20 Oct by Katy Spratt


It’s Autumn in Arizona and one of our favorite collaborations is with Local First AZ on the annual Arizona Fall Fest! This free, family-friendly event celebrates all things local to Arizona. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 4th at Hance Park in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Don’t miss all the crafts and activities for kids and families. Local business vendors will showcase gifts, tastes, treats and treasures. Guests can also purchase raffle tickets and bid on items at the silent auction. Stop by the Bookmans booth for fun prizes and a musical instrument petting zoo. Be sure to get in on this awesome Arizona festival!


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Winner Wednesday | PoeFest at Hotel San Carlos

Posted in Community Events, Contests & Giveaways on 18 Oct by Katy Spratt


**CONTEST CLOSED** PoeFest 2017 is the ninth annual celebration of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe held every October in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. If you have not yet experienced this amazing event, this is your chance! The actors not only memorize Poe’s stories, they transform into characterizations of inmates in Poe’s fictional Maison de Santé Asylum. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is proud to be a sponsor of this eerie event celebrating the bard of Baltimore himself, Edgar Allan Poe. PoeFest was created by Arizona Curriculum Theater (ACT). ACT is a 501(c)(3) educational charity that connects the arts to curriculum in local schools. By integrating the arts into lesson plans, students become more engaged while learning about science, math, literature, reading, or history. On this Winner Wednesday, we give away two tickets to PoeFest at Hotel San Carlos on Saturday, October 28th at in Downtown Phoenix!


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Freebie Friday | The Foreigner

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 13 Oct by Katy Spratt


October is Frightful Fall at Bookmans and what better way to celebrate than with a bone-chilling action-thriller movie? Actually, there is one better way to celebrate and that is to see said movie for FREE! As it just so happens, you’re in luck. We have two passes to the latest Jackie Chan film just burning a hole in our pockets. Plus, the screening is taking place at Harkins Theaters. Harkins is one of the coolest local businesses in Arizona, holding down the film screening game since 1933. On this Freebie Friday, we give away two passes to see The Foreigner, beginning Monday, October 16 through the film’s run in theaters. Passes are valid at any Harkins in the Valley of the Sun playing the film. Read on for details on how to enter!

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No, You’re the Best! Thank You, Phoenix

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores, News on 11 Oct by Katy Spratt


We’re so excited to announce that Bookmans was voted Best Used Bookstore 2017 in the Reader’s Choice section of the New Times Best of Phoenix Competition! None of this could have happened without our awesome customers in the Valley of the Sun. We consider ourselves fortunate to do what we do each day. Your support has helped us stick around as Arizona’s largest local used media store for over 40 years. With Bookmans locations across the state, we have Arizonans covered wherever you may reside. But today, we are highlighting just a few of the countless things we love about Phoenix, Arizona. Thank you for making our year!

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Frightful Fall | Spooky Snacks Across Arizona

Posted in In Our Stores on 03 Oct by Katy Spratt


Hob nob with glib and ghostly characters this October at Bookmans! Who knows what lurks around each orange bookshelf? Perhaps a figment of Kubrick’s imagination, the spirit of Poe’s Raven or the electric sparks of Shelley’s monster. Discover for yourself as Bookmans teems with spooky fun. This October, engage in bone-chilling good times and a venerable eerie feast for the senses. But what about the taste buds? As to not forget these important receptors of flavor, we compiled a list of strange, creepy, unexpected and even outlandish foods to encourage you eat courageously across Arizona. To top it off, all of our selections are locally sourced and native to the forty-eighth state. This October, discover unique Arizona delicacies that put the “Frightful” in Fall!


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20% Off Storewide Sale at Bookmans Flagstaff!

Posted in In Our Stores on 25 Sep by Katy Spratt


Bookmans Flagstaff is hosting a Bookmans: Return of the Readers Sale this Sunday, October 1st 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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#ArrestedReading | Top 5 Ladies of Banned Lit

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 14 Sep by Katy Spratt


As we continue to fight censorship during #ArrestedReading Month this September, we want to highlight those characters who bring girl power to the conversation. Today, we count down our top five heroines in banned or challenged fiction. These loveable yet powerful characters play an important role in challenging the minds of countless readers and that is in itself a timeless story. Not only do these characters represent life, love and coming of age, they show the world through the eyes of a young lady. How is it possible to so accurately capture the essence and adventure of growing up as a girl? These protagonists are written by some of the most ground-breaking authors of all time, who are also women.


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Freebie Friday | Rebel in the Rye

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 08 Sep by Katy Spratt


September is #ArrestedReading month here at Bookmans and we are doing our part to fight censorship of books, music, movies and beyond. Being media rebels is one of our favorite pastimes, so it makes sense that we would want to share the thrill of partaking in banned material with the community. True to form, we came across a pair of Harkins movie tickets for Rebel in the Rye and we can’t wait to give them away. This is the untold true story of J.D. Salinger’s life while writing The Catcher in the Rye, one of our favorite books to be banned or challenged. Plus, the screening is taking place at Harkins Theaters. Harkins is one of the coolest local businesses in Arizona, holding down the film screening game since 1933. On this Freebie Friday, we give away two passes to see IFC Films’ Rebel in the Rye at 7pm on Wednesday, September 13 at Harkins Shea 14.


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Adam Rex: King of Kids’ Books

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 04 Sep by Katy Spratt


Moonday, Cold Cereal and the New York Times bestseller, Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich have one hysterical thing in common — Adam Rex. True to his name, the author/illustrator/artist is a literary king and a gateway author for young readers. You might have seen his books or attended one of his popular sessions at the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) or maybe you’ve seen the DreamWorks movie Home based on his book The True Meaning of Smekday. If not, you’re in luck! The one and only Adam Rex will be making an appearance at Bookmans Midtown on September 9th at 11am. Don’t miss out on a short reading provided by this Tucson celeb. Mr. Rex will be drawing one of kind creatures with the help of his audience and reading one of his acclaimed children’s books. Until then, geek out with us as this U of A alumnus shares his thoughts on creativity, Magic: The Gathering and Bookmans.

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Meet Eden! Storyteller Extraordinaire at Bookmans Phoenix

Posted in In Our Stores on 31 Aug by Katy Spratt


This month marks the fourth anniversary of working with our favorite storyteller, Mr. Eden at Bookmans Phoenix. Eden came to us through the Phoenix Public Library in 2013 and it’s been a perfect match ever since. In addition to hosting Story Garden: Grow With Books every Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Eden joins us for special events ranging from friendship dance parties to Tolkien Reading Days to Polar Express story times. Bookmans is partnering with Eden through the Early Literacy Outreach Team funded by Phoenix Public Library and First Things First, two organizations that extend love of reading, literacy and well-being to our local community. Eden brings many years of experience in promoting the arts, healthy living, literacy and community involvement to Bookmans. We are definitely big fans of his!

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Freebie Friday | The Trip to Spain

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 25 Aug by Katy Spratt


**CONTEST CLOSED**August is Movie Madness month here at Bookmans and we can’t get enough of the silver screen. Reveling in cinematic joy is one of our favorite pastimes, so it makes sense that we would want to share that filmtastic happiness with the community. It just so happens that we came across a pair of Harkins movie tickets and we can’t wait to give them away. Harkins Theaters is one of the coolest local businesses in Arizona, holding down the film screening game since 1933. Don’t miss this chance to partake in Movie Madness! On this Freebie Friday, we give away two run-of-engagement passes to see IFC Films’ The Trip to Spain which opens today, Aug. 25 at Harkins Theatres Shea 14!


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Freebie Friday: Altered States at FilmBar

Posted in Reel Chat on 18 Aug by Katy Spratt


Cinemania is a new monthly film series at FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix that highlights all-time favorite genre films on the big screen. Hosted by Dan Stone of The Unfathomable Film Freakout, Cinemania celebrates the essence of FilmBar – Phoenix’s true indie cinema. Since opening in 2011, FilmBar has made it their mission to preserve the art of independent film in the local community. The innovative programming of Andrea Canales and Dan Stone has attracted many accolades including Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix “Best Independent Theater” and Phoenix Magazine’s Best of The Valley “Best Cinema.” Specializing not only in the latest independent and foreign films, but in local, cult and classic films, FilmBar offers something for everyone. On this Freebie Friday, we give away two tickets to Cinemania: Altered States at FilmBar on Saturday, August 19th at 10pm!
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Catch Movie Madness at Bookmans!

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 01 Aug by Katy Spratt


Lights, camera, action! August is Movie Madness Month at Bookmans and we’re celebrating cinema with fun events and giveaways. Stop by every location for movie-themed activities inspired by the silver screen. From Movie Nights to Minions to Grease Sing-a-Longs, we’re pulling out all the stops. Be sure to peruse the orange shelves at your local Bookmans for great deals on DVDs and BluRays in addition to fun and free events. Movie Madness is going around and we have a feeling that you’re going to catch it. Get ready for your close up and have a blast with us at Bookmans this August!


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PoeFest | Student Writing Competition 2017

Posted in Community Events, Contests & Giveaways on 18 Jul by Katy Spratt


**Deadline extended through October 20th, 2017!**

Announcing the PoeFest Arizona Student Writing Competition! Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is proud to sponsor the inaugural year of this statewide student contest celebrating the bard of Baltimore himself, Edgar Allan Poe. The competition is part of PoeFest, created by Arizona Curriculum Theater (ACT). ACT is a 501(c)(3) educational charity that connects the arts to curriculum in local schools. By integrating the arts into lesson plans, students become more engaged while learning about science, math, literature, reading, or history. The PoeFest Student Writing Competition is open to all Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2017-2018 school year. Submissions can be dropped off at any Bookmans Entertainment Exchange location or emailed to contest@poefest.org. A winner will be declared for each of two categories: short stories and poetry. All winners will receive prize packages supplied by Bookmans. For all the details, please keep reading below. But don’t delay, the submission deadline is October 20, 2017!

 

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Freebie Friday | Transformers the Movie at FilmBar

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 14 Jul by Katy Spratt


**CONTEST CLOSED**Cinemania is a monthly film series at FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix that highlights all-time favorite genre films on the big screen. Hosted by Dan Stone of The Unfathomable Film Freakout, Cinemania celebrates the essence of FilmBar – Phoenix’s true indie cinema. Since opening in 2011, FilmBar has made it their mission to preserve the art of independent film in the local community. The innovative programming of Andrea Canales and Dan Stone has attracted many accolades including Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix “Best Independent Theater” and Phoenix Magazine’s Best of The Valley “Best Cinema.” Specializing not only in the latest independent and foreign films, but in local, cult and classic films, FilmBar offers something for everyone. On this Freebie Friday, we give away two tickets to Cinemania: Transformers the Movie at FilmBar on Saturday, July 15th at 10pm in Downtown Phoenix!
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