Author: Todd W

Freebie Friday: Win Tickets to PoeFest 2018

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 05 Oct by Todd W


“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.” – Edgar Allen Poe.

Ten years ago, The Arizona Curriculum Theater opened PoeFest with just six audience members. By the third night they were packed. Of course, they knew they had something special. PoeFest has been a labor of love for a decade now.  The month-long schedule of events kicks off on October 5th at the historic Hotel San Carlos. The event runs until Halloween night at the Rosson House Museum. One of the best elements happens on the main stage every Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM. In the aptly-named Ghost Lounge, professional actors bring the stories of Edgar Allan Poe to life as characters from his fictional Maison de Santé asylum.

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Freebie Friday: Win Tickets to OdySea Aquarium!

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 28 Sep by Todd W


It’s that time again! Don’t throw away those summer fun floaties and new swimsuits just yet – its time to get back in the water with this contest just waiting for YOU to win!

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Fight Censorship: The Banning Of America’s Toys

Posted in Core Values, Games on 12 Sep by Todd W

Though Bookmans talks a lot about censorship, the truth is that censorship can rear its head in many facets of life. Although this month we celebrate the right to read and encourage getting caught reading with a banned book, we want to open up the conversation to include all censored media. The goal is to help spread the word about just how far-reaching censorship is. It’s time to talk about toy censorship during our Fight Censorship Month!

Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid doll eating a fake french fry

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Bookmans Recommends: D.C. Follies

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 28 Aug by Todd W

Who doesn’t have something they have fond memories of? One show took America’s funny bone by storm, and I remember it fondly, even if I was too young to get all the jokes. That nostalgic, kooky cocktail of 1980s politics and pop culture has finally landed onto DVD. Presented by Shout Factory, all 44 episodes of D.C. Follies are presented uncut – for the first time.

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Gamers Can Score Big At Bookmans

Posted in Games, In Our Stores, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 09 Aug by Todd W

Are you a gamer looking for the latest video game releases? Maybe you’re a collector looking to fill out your retro Nintendo cartridge collection or find some rare Playstation JRPGs. Perhaps you simply want a cheap and entertaining video game system to occupy the kids. Whatever video games you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it and more at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. Take a look at some of the awesome systems we see regularly!

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Animal Adoption Urgency Rises With Summer Heat

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 26 Jul by Todd W

If you have never owned an animal or you are currently in the market for one, NOW is the time to act. The are many rewards for adopting a new animal, but the road to finding your perfect furever friend may be a long one. You start with a lot of questions. Why is adoption so important? Where should I adopt from? What are the pros and cons of adopting from shelters as opposed to breeders? We’ve collected some of our favorite pet adoption agencies near Bookmans Mesa to help you find the right pet for your family.

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Learn Guitar 101 at Mesa’s Introduction Workshop

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 14 Jul by Todd W

Have you ever wanted to try something new but have been hesitant for any reason? Those reasons could be financial, the nervousness of the unknown trying something new. Maybe it’s just about breaking out of an everyday routine. Well, now is the time to take that first step forward.  Continuing through July and August, we invite you to try our next Guitar 101 Workshop on July 21st at 1 P.M. This is an introductory class where we will learn simple chords. It’s finally time to learn guitar, everyone!

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Feeling the Love for Flagstaff’s Pride In The Pines

Posted in Community Events on 22 Jun by Todd W

What is pride? You have undoubtedly heard a lot about Pride Month, Pride parades, and Pride events in June. One of those events, Pride in the Pines, is an annual favorite. Pride in the Pines is an incredibly fun weekend and a reminder to celebrate diversity in your local community. Bookmans is always here to help celebrate pride. Here’s why.

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PoeFest: Student Writing Competition 2018

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, News on 09 Jun by Todd W

PoeFest is celebrating its 10th year commemorating the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and you can be a part of it all at multiple locations throughout Phoenix, Arizona this October. PoeFest has been a labor of love for a decade. When PoeFest first opened, it did so to just six audience members. With a packed audience on the third night, they knew they had something special. The fest includes mainstage productions of Poe’s short stories every weekend during the month of October with Poe’s stories rotate nightly. PoeFest culminates on Halloween night with ‘The Raven’ at Rosson House Museum. But there’s something extra special about PoeFest that makes Bookmans honored to be a sponsor!

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Tips for Surviving Phoenix Comic Fest

Posted in Community Events on 24 May by Todd W

This summer’s comic celebration season kicks off Memorial Day weekend with Phoenix Comic Fest. And believe me when I tell you that there is an abundance of things to see and do all weekend long! Being excited and wanting to do so many awesome things, sometimes we can forget to take care of ourselves. We want to remind you to recharge those power packs and offer some helpful hints on surviving Phoenix Comic Fest.

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Win Big with Mesa’s “The Great Geek Giveaway”

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 11 May by Todd W

According to Urban Dictionary  “geeking out” is when one likes to  “spend an amount of time discussing geekish things with other geeks or to participate in geeky undertakings and  pastimes with one or more other geeks.” Let’s face it, we all have those things that make us geek out. You’re a member of the club too. Enjoy fumbling through a new book? What about powering up with the latest video game? Like debating whether or not to open that new toy? What about collecting unusual tchotchkes? It’s your geek out, and you like what you like. We understand that. We truly believe that geeking out is half the fun and we’d like to help you take it to the next boss level with a Great Geek Giveaway at Bookmans Mesa!

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Recycle and Reuse: A Celebration Of Earth Month

Posted in Core Values on 26 Apr by Todd W

Bookmans believes it is our responsibility as a business to be compassionate citizens of the planet. We are continuously striving to reduce our carbon footprint. We do this through recycling, reusing, embracing alternative energies, and spreading the word about how you can join us in our efforts. Awareness of environmental issues is part of our very business model and one of our core values. As Earth Month comes to a close, let’s take a look at how you and Bookmans together can make our planet greener.

Female hands holding ground with inscription Earth Day on wooden table

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Mesa’s ZapCon 6 Arcade and Pinball Convention

Posted in Community Events, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 14 Apr by Todd W

What is ZapCon?

Zapcon is a weekend-long party where gamers devote their love and attention to the classic arcade and pinball machines. No need for quarters as all of the games are set to free play! It’s a wonderful throwback to all the games you love and remember. Celebrating it’s SIXTH year anniversary, the list of arcade and pinball machines that are going to be in attendance and available to be played is sure to make even the most die hard gamer want to Power Up. But where did Zapcon originate from?

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Our Picks for the Top 5 Easter Films

Posted in Reel Chat on 29 Mar by Todd W

Other holidays like New Years, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day all have a plethora of films devoted to them. Easter, for some reason, gets so little love in the movie department. After a day filled with Easter egg hunts and Easter Bunny pictures, there is nothing wrong with a little post-Easter movie/nap to cap off the day’s events. Thankfully, there are some great Easter movies out there, and Bookmans is here to help you find the perfect Easter film for everyone. Here are our favorites!

Easter movie poster collage

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Get Active at Gilbert’s Ka-Pow! Superhero Adventure Run

Posted in Community Events, Uncategorized on 15 Mar by Todd W

Attention Super Heroes of all ages! Don your capes because… It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It… it… it could be YOU!

Superheroes? Capes? Adventure runs? What is this craziness that we speak of? We assure you, future saviors of the world, it’s no dream. Nestled deep within the greenery and tennis courts known as The City of Gilbert’s Freestone Park, lies a top-secret headquarters rumored to house one of the “Most Awesomely Impressive Superhero Training Courses Ever Imagined!”

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When Grace and Frankie Worked 9 to 5

Posted in In Our Stores on 28 Feb by Todd W

Undoubtedly, Netflix has created comedy gold with its hit “Frankie and Grace.” The mega-hit cast stars Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson, a retired cosmetics mogul of Say Grace, and Lily Tomlin as Frances “Frankie” Bergstein (née Mengela), a hippie art teacher.  Grace and Frankie’s lives are turned upside down when their husband’s Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. The wives caught in the middle, who have never been particularly fond of each other, are forced to live together and learn to unite as they cope with difficulties. Fans may be surprised to learn this is not the first time Fonda and Tomlin have teamed up. Superfans, however, know exactly what I’m talking about. Remember that 1980’s gem 9 to 5?

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My Bromance with Andre Norton’s “Outside”

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 05 Feb by Todd W

February may be our Love of Reading month, but face it, who doesn’t love books ALL the time? Everything from the cover art, to the feel of holding the book in your hands, to turning that page. Nothing truly compares to or has the smell of a book. This is the true story of a sometimes book collector.

Book cover of Andre Norton's Outside

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Pokémon League presented by Team Rocket Az

Posted in Games, In Our Stores on 18 Jan by Todd W

We’ve all been familiar with Pokémon for a very long time – more than two decades. Any kid will remember the endless Gameboy games, cards, and media surrounding these little, animated characters. Today, Pokémon leagues and meetups are popping up all over the place. That said, there has never been a better time to join one.

Pokemon League poster advertising Pokemon event for February 11th and 25th at 3 PM at Bookmans Mesa

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5 Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 08 Jan by Todd W

This year, forget all of the latest diet trends and save yourself from the worries of detoxing. Instead, make resolutions easy on yourself by making book-related goals! Here are some ideas on how to tackle that bookish list of to-dos and resolutions that will make your new year of reading your personal best.

Book store shelves with blog title 5 New Years Resolutions for Book Nerds

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Freebie Friday: Win Movie Passes to Downsizing

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 15 Dec by Todd W


December is the Month of Merriment at Bookmans and what better way to celebrate than with some good satirical comedy?  That’s right, we are giving away passes to the screening of Downsizing Tuesday, December 19 at 7 PM at Harkins Scottsdale 101. (You MUST arrive by 6:20 PM). The winner could be YOU!.

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