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Author: Valerie R

Ultimate Movie Party: Marie Antoinette

Posted in Reel Chat on 17 Jun by Valerie R


Do you think that a truly great party deserves time, effort, and all you can give it to make it the best night ever? If you’re one to go above and beyond to show your friends a good time, this Ultimate Movie Party is for party royalty. Marie Antoinette, like the woman herself, is not without its flaws, but man does it make for a great party movie. Here’s why Marie Antoinette should be your Ultimate Movie Party choice. On y va!

Marie Antoinette movie poster
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Ticket Tuesday | Hereditary

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 05 Jun by Valerie R


***CONTEST CLOSED***

Undoubtedly the hottest horror movie to hit the big screen in a long time, there is a near-audible buzz surrounding A24’s new film, Hereditary! From writer/director Ari Aster, Hereditary stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, Gabriel Byrne. YOU CAN WIN a prize pack including movie passes to see what critics are calling the Best Horror Movie of 2018!

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Celebrate Summer with Bookmans This June!

Posted in Community Events, News on 01 Jun by Valerie R


Summertime is here and we cannot wait to bring a whole lot of summer fun to your local Bookmans store in June! If you haven’t already heard, the annual Bookmans Summer Kids Events have kicked off and the children are having a great time. It’s the best way to keep kids entertained during the long summer months and it’s absolutely free. Of course, Bookmans wouldn’t stop there! Our stores are here to help you tackle the summer heat and discover some exciting new activities all month long!

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The Great American Read: The Search for America’s Favorite Book

Posted in Bookie Blog, Community Events, News on 22 May by Valerie R


When it comes to books, there’s no harm in playing favorites, right? We all have a list of books that loom large in our hearts, but can one book be America’s favorite? That’s exactly what PBS aims to find out with The Great American Read!

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Freebie Friday: Michael Franti and Spearhead STAY HUMAN Tour at the Rialto!

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Musical Notes on 18 May by Valerie R


***CONTEST CLOSED***

Michael Franti’s much-anticipated STAY HUMAN TOUR is making its way to Tucson on Friday, June 8th. Heads up, because tickets are selling out fast! We know that you’re excited to see Michael Franti and Spearhead hit the stage, and so are we! We even wrote a whole blog about why you should see this outstanding performer live. The Rialto Theatre has generously given Bookmans a pair of Michael Franti and Spearhead tickets to give to one very lucky customer for #FreebieFriday!

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2018 Summer Kids Events Lineup!

Posted in Community Events, News on 16 May by Valerie R


Now that school is out, Bookmans is the place to keep cool and have fun all summer long! Join us all summer long from May through August for a new endeavor at your favorite Bookmans store! Conduct mad science experiments, journey through galaxies far far away, explore the seven seas, and have to fun with zoo animals, musical instruments, magic and more! Bookmans is the place to be for educational, interactive and most importantly fun events sure to combat the Summer boredom blues. Check out what’s in store at your local Bookmans with free Summer Kids Events this May and June!

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Winners Happen Every Day at Bookmans!

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, In Our Stores, News on 01 May by Valerie R


Bookmans’ goal is to help our customers discover new and interesting things at every visit to our stores. In one trip you can find a new favorite comic book, unearth books you’ve been meaning to read for years, grab some décor for your house, score some Blu-rays for movie night, explore generations of music, and play a few levels of a classic video game to get reacquainted with it. Ah! Browsing never sounded so incredible!

Excited man winning free video games and movies at Bookmans

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Geek Out with Bookmans in May!

Posted in Community Events, Contests & Giveaways, News on 01 May by Valerie R


Bookmans is into geeking out any day, anytime, and anywhere. But there’s just something about May that makes us geek out harder than ever. From video games to comics to music to movies, Bookmans is the place people go to expand your geeky horizons. It’s where we dive deep into our respective fandoms with reckless abandon. Join Bookmans in celebrating all the little things we geek out about with these free in-store events this May!

May banner image that reads Your Purchase, On Us. 2 Winners. Every Store. Every Day. For More Than 20 Years. The image features 4 people excitedly holding up their free Bookmans purchases including books, comic books, and video games.

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Ultimate Movie Party: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Posted in Reel Chat on 24 Apr by Valerie R


Time is fleeting, isn’t it? It’s almost astounding, really. Whatever happened Saturday nights that meant something? When madness takes its toll and you’ve just got to keep control, trade in the tired make-your-own-pizza party night at your house and jump to the left for once. That’s right – it’s time to do the Time Warp with your nearest and dearest!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie poster of Dr. Frank-N-Furter sitting on a a pair of red lips

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Bookmans Welcomes a New Community Outreach Coordinator!

Posted in News on 21 Apr by Valerie R


Bookmans has been working with the local communities our stores serve for more than 40 years. From school and charity donations to festivals to animal rescue events, Bookmans has been proud to work hand-in-hand with community leaders and representatives to make our cities outstanding. Of course, we couldn’t do that without talented individuals who make the community connections that matter. In the booming Tucson community, we needed someone with the know-how and infectious smile to make those important connections, and that’s what our new Community Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Engs brings to the table. We already know that she’s an expert at building bridges and working with the Tucson community, but Bookmans loves to find and share what people geek out about too. Let’s get to know a bit more about Stephanie with some Q&A, Bookmans-style!

Two photo booth sheets of Stephanie, Bookmans new Community Outreach Coordinator for Tucson. The image has a rose pattern background and reads "Welcome Stephanie!" Read More…

Record Store Day is Almost Here!

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 19 Apr by Valerie R


*Bookmans is NOT A PARTICIPATING RECORD STORE DAY STORE*

If you’ve ever been to Bookmans, you know that we LOVE our VINYL! Our stores across Arizona are proud to share our love of music with the world. Visit any Bookmans store and you’ll find row after row of shiny, supremely cool vinyl records, both new and used. it should be no surprise that we are so excited to celebrate vinyl in all its glory on Record Store Day 2018.

Bookmans Record Store Day sale and event flyer

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Freebie Friday: Rampage Movie Ticket Giveaway!

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 06 Apr by Valerie R


***CONTEST CLOSED***
It’s #FreebieFriday! 3 WINNERS will score a pair of ADVANCED SCREENING tickets for the new Warner Bros. Pictures movie Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson! These tickets are for the 7 PM screenings at the Harkins Arizona Mills in Phoenix (April 9th or April 10) or the Century El Con theater in Tucson (April 9).  (Winners must arrive at theaters by 6:30 PM.) Find out how to enter below!

It’s Easy Being Green at Bookmans this April!

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores, News on 31 Mar by Valerie R


Bookmans is associated with our iconic orange color, but at our core, we are green through and through! While you celebrate the gloriously long evenings, tackle spring cleaning, and adventure into everything outdoors, be sure to add these exciting and free Bookmans events into your April schedule and join us for some good, green fun!

Get Excited for Earth Month with Bookmans Poster

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Ultimate Movie Party: Clueless

Posted in Reel Chat, Uncategorized on 17 Mar by Valerie R


You may have noticed that the 1990s are totally back. From fashion to music, everyone is getting in on the fun and funky styles of Xennials’ teenage years. With that in mind, this Ultimate Movie Party blog is giving you the 411 on hosting an unforgettable Clueless-themed movie night! Is there anything better than rolling with your homies at a movie party? Uh, I don’t think so!

Clueless movie poster

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Movie Soundtracks That Rock My World: Part Two

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 14 Mar by Valerie R


No matter how many years after their release, these soundtracks have found their way onto playlist after playlist. Some are newer but hit all the right notes. Some are nearing 20 years old and still have so much life in them that I can’t bear to take them out of my rotation. And why would I? In my last blog, I covered just half of my go-to movie soundtracks. Here are the rest of the soundtracks that put a smile on my face every single time I hear them.

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Movie Soundtracks That Rock My World: Part One

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 19 Feb by Valerie R


Movies are true works of art. Most of us use our inner critics to take in a movie’s acting performances and the director’s storytelling abilities.  Those who study film (or are just passionate movie watchers) will also pay attention to the world of the story created by the writers and the cinematographer’s eye for space and light as well. There are costumes, sets, edits – a million little things that can make a movie great or merely average. My favorite “little thing” is the movie soundtrack.

For me, music can make or break a movie. These are just some of the most outstanding movie soundtracks that make my world go ’round.

Movie still image graphic: The Life Aquatic, Drive, and Purple Rain

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Ultimate Movie Party: True Romance

Posted in Reel Chat on 30 Jan by Valerie R


Welcome to the first edition of Ultimate Movie Party, Bookmans’ new blog about pairing an excellent movie with its soulmate party elements. Instead of just flopping on the couch for a run-of-the-mill movie night, celebrate your love of cinema by throwing the ultimate movie party that puts your guests smack-dab into the world of your favorite flicks, food and all! What goes better with a movie than some family, friends and movie-themed festivities that perfectly complement your viewing experience, right? 

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A Murderino’s True Crime Reading List

Posted in Bookie Blog on 25 Jan by Valerie R


Held a place in your heart for true crime stories for decades or new to the scene? There is certainly something undeniably fascinating about every aspect of this macabre world of storytelling. It’s hard to keep true crime books on our shelves these days, and everyone seems to have a story to tell in one form or another. From tales of survival to unsolved murders, two women blend their enthusiasm for true crime into one killer podcast. Best of all, their accompanying reading list is just as incredible as their show.

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Proof that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the Best Show Ever

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 10 Jan by Valerie R


Okay, maybe I don’t have proof. What I do have is some really strong evidence to support my claim that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the best show to ever air on television. If you don’t believe me, it’s time for a rewatch.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show main cast photo

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4 Very Good Reasons to Trade at Bookmans

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores, Merchandise, Uncategorized on 29 Nov by Valerie R


It is not uncommon for people new to Bookmans to have a “wow” experience when they come through the door. Who wouldn’t with all the incredible items the local community stocks our stores with? Way more than shelves jam-packed with books of all kinds, Bookmans trade includes vinyl records, musical instruments, movies, video games, home goods, collectibles, and gift items. Since you never know what you’re going to find, every visit is like a treasure hunt.

The only thing that makes scouring shelf after orange shelf all the more enjoyable is having a Bookmans trade slip in your pocket. What is it about that little yellow trade slip that makes shopping so much more exciting?  

books, Batman comic book, and Bookmans trade slip on wooden desktop

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