Author: Katy Spratt

Devour Arizona | Geeking Out On Gastronomy

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 23 May by Katy Spratt

Arizona restaurant street-cred is on the rise. Just this year, The Guardian published an article about the eclectic and culturally diverse culinary scene in Phoenix. This city’s evolution into a foodie oasis is thanks to the growing local businesses of Devour Phoenix, a coalition of independent restaurants working with our friends at Local First AZ. At Bookmans, May is our month to geek out over all of your favorite things. Gather up those collectibles & comics, but don’t forget to show some love to the the most delicious of pastimes. From tacos to antipastos to pizzas, these local Arizona restaurants offer some of the best fare in the state. And even better, supporting local businesses keeps more funds here in our communities. Studies have shown that for every $100 spent in a locally owned business, roughly $42 remains right here in Arizona, while for the same $100 spent in a national chain, only $13 remains here. Get those forks & knives ready and head out on a local culinary adventure. Today, we’re highlighting five of our favorite Arizona restaurants. Luckily, each of the top five are moments away from Bookmans Phoenix. This summer, get on the road and explore one or all of these local gastronomic gems. Then, stop in at Bookmans to peruse our awesome cooking section for some rad finds.

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Winner Wednesday | Cinemania: House (Hausu)

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 17 May 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 Winner Wednesday, we give away two tickets to Cinemania: House (Hausu) at FilmBar on Saturday, May 20 at 10pm in Downtown Phoenix!

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Phoenix | Top 5 Cool Spots For Pets

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 10 May by Katy Spratt

As the weather heats up around Arizona, a burning question looms in the minds of all pet owners. Where can we take our fur friends when the sidewalk is not suitable for paws? Local First Arizona is on the case with a handy directory of all local pet-related businesses in our state. Local First Arizona is a driving force behind building better communities for Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson and everything in between. So what could be better than spending some quality time with your four-legged best friend, while supporting the businesses that grow the local economy? Possibly doing the aforementioned activities with coffee, in which case, #2 has us covered. Today, we’re counting down the top five local spots to take your pets when the hot weather just won’t quit. Spoiler alert, we’re a little biased on #1.


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May is Geeking Out Month at Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 01 May by Katy Spratt

At Bookmans, we live by a tried and true adage, geeking out is half the fun. Some may argue that geeking out is a little more than half, or perhaps all, of said fun. But we can all agree, it’s a major part of the fun. This May, we are dedicating all of our forces to the celebration of of superfans everywhere. Whether your love is for comics, sci-fi, tech gadgets, star gazing, serious crafting or just curling up with a great book, Bookmans has you covered. Engage in dynamic events at each Bookmans location and in the local community from Star Wars shindigs to the Signature Pop Culture Event of the Southwest. Our event calendar has something for everyone. Head to your nearest Bookmans this May and let your geek flag fly!
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Sell Textbooks

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 01 May by Katy Spratt

It’s May and the weather is beautiful. The sun shines and the birds chirp. Even better, school joyously screeches to a halt and will soon be a thing of last semester. But what to do about those cumbersome and pricey school books? You can sell textbooks at your local Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, of course! We caught up with real life college student*, Rhett J. Bookcestershire IV, to answer a few of his questions about selling and trading with Bookmans. End of semester can be a confusing time, we know. We’ve been through it too. Rest assured, we’re here to guide you through the textbook trading experience.

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Meet Joe Gonzalez | Local Artist & Bookmans Superstar

Posted in In Our Stores on 24 Apr by Katy Spratt

Bookmans Phoenix sure is proud of accomplished local artist and Electronics Department guru, Joe Gonzalez. Joe is a longtime Bookmans Phoenix staff member and all around great dude. He has been sharing his visual art with the Downtown Phoenix art scene for the last decade and always makes a point to include Bookmans Phoenix in his rounds. Joe presents live painting sessions and donates artwork for Bookmans pop-culture events. He will be joining us for our upcoming Controllers & Canvas event featuring the awesome Phoenix Gaymers. Extending love of painting, Pokemon and vintage video games to our local community, Joe is one of a kind. We are delighted for the opportunity to work with him!

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Bookmans Recommends: Songs to Live By

Posted in Musical Notes on 21 Apr by Katy Spratt

Spring is here! The birds are chirping and the sun is shining, what could be better? Well, we’ll tell you what: the perfect series of awesome songs. We believe that feeling good about yourself should be a year-round hobby. One surefire way to maintain an awesome mood is with great music. Today, Bookmans recommends the best inspirational songs, guaranteed to build confidence and contentment. Just sing one of these babies to yourself in the mirror each morning for a happy day. Stop by your neighborhood Bookmans to find these gems on vinyl or compact disc. Don’t worry if you lack the pipes of the Queen of Soul. We have musical accompaniments from harmonicas to ukuleles to karaoke machines. Sing solo or grab some friends to add harmony to your high spirits. Check out our list and get started today!

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Winner Wednesday! Cinemania: Fantastic Planet

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 12 Apr by Katy Spratt

**CONTEST CLOSED** Cinemania 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: Fantastic Planet at FilmBar on Saturday, April 15 at 10pm in Downtown Phoenix!

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Ticket Tuesday: 2017 Phoenix Film Festival

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 04 Apr by Katy Spratt

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The Phoenix Film Foundation presents the 17th Annual Phoenix Film Festival! The festival starts Thursday, April 6th and runs through Thursday, April 13th. The PFF was named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine and tops the Bookmans list of favorites. The event began in 2000 when independent filmmakers created an opportunity to showcase independent filmmaking. PFF quickly became Arizona’s largest film festival. On this Ticket Tuesday, we give away two festival passes to this incredible event!

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Pop-Up Bookmans: Phoenix Community Outreach

Posted in Community Events on 03 Apr by Katy Spratt

Support the arts and connect with the community! This spring, Bookmans is out and about in the local neighborhood at some of the coolest cultural events that Phoenix has to offer. We’re presenting early literacy outreach storytimes at Phoenix Public Market on the last Saturday of each month. We’re also a part of Phoenix Art Museum’s Discount Tire Free Family Weekend on the second Saturday of each month. And to top it off, Bookmans is a part of Wednesday Wind Up, a fun and 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 Central Phoenix and the Downtown area with our Bookmans Phoenix neighborhood in the Northwest Valley, our goal is to circulate great ideas throughout our metropolis, while promoting Arizona-grown businesses and non-profit organizations.

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Bookmans Recommends: Classic Rock Road Trip

Posted in Musical Notes on 17 Mar by Katy Spratt

It’s almost springtime in Arizona! The weather is beautiful outside and we’re jonesin’ to get out and enjoy the open road. From the San Francisco Peaks to Saguaro National Park, Arizona has quite a few fabulous road trip routes. No road trip is complete without the perfect playlist, so the first stop on said journey should definitely be Bookmans. We are the place to pick up music that will complete your traveling soundtrack. With so many genres from which to choose, we’re counting down ten of the (arguably) most sing-alongable classic rock albums in history. Check out our picks from rock legends, stop by your local Bookmans, then get out of town and explore the outdoors with righteous tunes.

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Bob Dylan • Highway 61 Revisited
“Like A Rolling Stone” is the most classic track on this album and the premier of Bob Dylan’s crossover into electric guitar. Tongue twisting lyrics and masterful musicianship make this album a staple of rock & roll.

Jimi Hendrix • Are You Experienced?
The debut album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, this masterpiece exhibits some serious guitar skills and dreamy melodic structures. Play this on the way out of town and you’re sure to be inspired.

Van Morrison • Astral Weeks
One of Van Morrison’s greatest albums of all time, Astral Weeks is a dreamy take on folk, blues and soul. In addition to the title track, “Sweet Thing” and “Cypress Avenue” are sure to make your automobile feel more like magicmobile.

Led Zeppelin • Led Zeppelin II
Rockers so unique, they are impossible to ignore. Theatrical lead vocalist, Robert Plant is one of the most groundbreaking performers of his era. This album is right on for hitting the road.

The Beatles • Rubber Soul
Our top pick is from one the greatest bands of all time in the galaxy ever. We like to imagine that sums up what it would be like to spend a couple of days with John and Paul. It’s a perfect choice for getting up early and exploring new surroundings.

Wherever your travels take you, stop by and refuel your music collection at Bookmans. While you’re here, take part in the free and fun events year-round. We’re always happy to help if you’d like a recommendation, directions to the awesome vinyl section or rad conversation. See you this Spring at Bookmans!

Celebrate All Things Art at Bookmans this March

Posted in In Our Stores on 01 Mar by Katy Spratt

When creativity strikes, Bookmans is the place to capture inspiration! March is “All Things Art” month, the perfect time for getting out of the house and discovering what creative hijinks abound at Bookmans. Whether you prefer crafty projects, performing arts, music, drama or writing, we shall be hosting events for all. Stop by your local Bookmans to take part in fun and free activities for all ages. Each store hosts festivals, fairs and workshops sure to add moxie to your March. From local artist extravaganzas to Beauty and the Beast soirees, our event calendar is full of imagination.

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Love of Reading: Home to Harlem | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 27 Feb by Katy Spratt

February is Love of Reading Month and Black History Month, so naturally, with two more days we are celebrating the great American writers of the Harlem Renaissance. These poets and authors revolutionized literature and paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Beginning in the 1920s, The Harlem Renaissance was an era of expression and voicing of African-American cultural experiences. Writers, artists and performers spanned the Northeast and Midwest United States – expanding even to Paris, France. At the heart of the movement was New York’s own Harlem. We’re highlighting just a few of the brilliant writers who made American literature a world-class artform.

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Love of Reading: Ladies of Literature | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 10 Feb by Katy Spratt

February is Love of Reading Month and we’re counting down our top five heroines in literature. These loveable yet powerful characters play an important role in challenging the minds of countless readers and that is in itself is 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.

A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel, adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson.
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Ticket Tuesday Giveaway – Arizona Renaissance Festival

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 07 Feb by Katy Spratt


Hear ye, hear ye, gallant knights and fair maidens! Pirates and peasants converge on the magical anachronism of Arizona Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace in effect now through April 2nd, 2017. Full of whimsical and delightful surprises, it’s an experience that can’t be matched in this century. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theatre, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts faire, a jousting tournament and a feast all rolled into one non-stop, day-long, family adventure. The festival is one of the most interactive entertainment shows ever created with wonderful amusements and antics. Enjoy non-stop entertainment including comedy, music and dancing. Sit back and relax or become a part of the action as you are surrounded by over 2,000 costumed characters roaming the festival village. This Ticket Tuesday, we give away passes for the amazing Arizona Renaissance Festival.

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Winner Wednesday Giveaway – Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Tour | Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 01 Feb by Katy Spratt

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Calling all those with musical inclinations! Ariana Grande is coming to Phoenix with her Dangerous Woman Tour and it’s not to be missed. Ariana Grande has accomplished great musical feats in her 23 years. As (literally) one of the strongest voices of her generation, she has become a leading lady of song. Experience her incredible talent at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:30 p.m. From her pop debut, “Yours Truly” to her hit single, “The Way,” you will be singing along all night. Tickets start at $45, but not to worry. This Winner Wednesday we give away two tickets for a night on the town with Ariana Grande.

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Sensational Seussabrations Set Seuss On the Leuss | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values, In Our Stores on 27 Jan by Katy Spratt

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. –Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

As part of our Love of Reading celebration, Bookmans locations across Arizona host parties, or Seussabrations to be exact, to commemorate lyrical wordsmith Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Come have a blast with fun activities, story times and art projects as we set Seuss on the leuss. In joy and mirth we shall immerse as we honor this master of meter and verse!

Sensational Seussabrations at Every Bookmans
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#TreatYoSelf for #LoveOfReading Month | Bookmans

Posted in Community Events on 23 Jan by Katy Spratt

It’s the perfect time of year to recharge and really focus on that certain special someone – YOU! Get away from the everyday grind and try a new adventure close to home. Who says luxury has to be expensive and time consuming? Delve into relaxing activities, revel in local retreats, and live it up like a real-life royal. This month, we encourage you to explore the Valley of the Sun’s best rejuvenating hidden gems. We’re counting down the top five local ways to #TreatYoSelf for #LoveOfReading month!


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Bookmans Celebrates YOU in Jan-YOU-Ary!

Posted in In Our Stores on 02 Jan by Katy Spratt

The holidays may be over, but a brand new year is just beginning! Discover all the potential and possibility of 2017 at your local Bookmans. This is the perfect time to set ambitious resolutions, try unfamiliar things and reevaluate lofty goals. But remember to put that special someone first – YOU! We celebrate Jan-YOU-Ary all month long at Bookmans with rejuvenating events and activities. Each store hosts free and fun ways to put the spark back in your winter. From crafty vision boards to wellness fairs to ultimate prize giveaways, our Event Calendar has something for everyone. This Jan-YOU-ary, tend to yourself and watch what blossoms!

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Gift Guide: Perfect Presents for BFFs | In Stock at Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 22 Dec by Katy Spratt

It’s holiday gift go-time! If you’re like us, you probably have a lot of cool, smart, quirky and intriguing friends. These folks are a blast to hang out with. They’re full of stimulating conversation and quick with a witty quip. But with great uncommonality comes great gift responsibility. It’s not always easy to find the perfect present for our most fascinating pals, much less our Best Friends Forever. Bookmans is here to help! We understand all those with varied interests and a lust for life. Take a look at the following BFF gift guide and then stop by your local Bookmans to peruse our selection. You’re sure to find the most unique treasures in town.


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