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Author: Katy Spratt

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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Bookmans About Town | Community Events

Posted in Community Events on 13 Jul by Katy Spratt


Bookmans is known for our fun and free family events at each of our stores. But we’re also out and about around Arizona, supporting the arts and connecting with the community! Come find us in your local neighborhood at some of the coolest cultural events that the Grand Canyon State has to offer. We’re presenting early literacy outreach storytimes at Phoenix Art Museum’s Discount Tire Free Family Weekend on the second Saturday of each month. We’re hosting booths at Flagstaff’s Pickin’ in the Pines and Downtown Tucson’s Second Saturdays. Bookmans is also a part of Wednesday Wind Up, a free event on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month hosted by City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Latino Institute at Civic Space Park. By bridging our stores with the surrounding communities, our goal is to circulate great ideas while promoting Arizona-grown businesses and non-profit organizations. Be sure to stop by one of our booths when you see us at a festival or event, you just might take home a rad prize.
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Dog Days of Summer | July At Bookmans

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 01 Jul by Katy Spratt


At Bookmans, customers are always welcome to bring their pets inside our stores (on a leash) and employees’ dogs can often be found roaming our corporate offices. We advocate for supporting local rescue organizations and volunteering for Arizona shelters. As a company of animal lovers, we celebrate Animal Welfare all year long. But each July, those lovable four-legged, feathery, scaly and fuzzy friends take center stage. This month, help us celebrate our favorite pets, whatever species they may be. We’re bringing the best and brightest local animal rescue organizations together to emphasize our commitment to critters of all shapes and sizes. Stop by your neighborhood Bookmans throughout July to check out local animal welfare groups and meet adoptable creatures great and small. Take a look at our Event Schedule for details on what’s happening near you!



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Winner Wednesday | The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at FilmBar

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


**CONTEST CLOSED**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 Winner Wednesday, we give away two tickets to Cinemania: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at FilmBar on Saturday, June 17th at 10pm in Downtown Phoenix!

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June’s Tunes | Original Songs by Arizona Bands

Posted in Musical Notes on 13 Jun by Katy Spratt


In honor of Music Month, we’ve gathered some of our favorite songs by our favorite bands. It just so happens that these bands reside right here in Arizona – when they aren’t touring the globe, that is. By elevating Arizona to international levels, these home-grown musicians are taking the multifaceted culture of our community on the road and showing the realness of Arizona on a world stage. From Cumbia to Blues to Afrobeat to Mariachi to Mambo, check out what amazing talents we have right here in the Grand Canyon state. Take a listen and find out how these Arizona bands are reinventing vintage sounds through original compositions in order to create an alchemy of tradition mixed with innovation. The best part is that we can catch all of these bands playing live shows in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff. So whether you buy a ticket to their next European show or get out and dance to the following songs at a local venue, make sure to show these incredible Arizona musicians some love.

Arizona bands

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Ticket Tuesday | Rebelution at Mesa Amphitheatre

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 06 Jun by Katy Spratt


**CONTEST CLOSED**As summer heats up in Arizona, a little beach-inspired relief is headed to the Valley of the Sun. California roots & reggae band, Rebelution will grace the Mesa Amphitheatre stage on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. Along with fellow bands, Nahko and Medicene for the People, Rebelution brings their unique brand of reggae, roots, calypso and ska-infused jam-band grooves to town. Gather up the flip flops, beach towels and cold drinks! Don’t miss this opportunity to channel some coastal breezes at this stellar summer concert. Tickets start at $35, but not to worry: this Ticket Tuesday, we’re giving away two tickets to see Rebelution live in Mesa.

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