Author: Valerie R

2018 Flash Fiction Contest Rules

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 10 Oct by Valerie R

 Bookmans is releasing a zine and we want your flash fiction content! We see our stores as a reflection of the community and what better way to reflect our community than to hear from you!

Are you familiar with flash fiction? Flash fiction is a short form of literature that consists of 400 words or less. We want you to write about whatever inspires you. So we can to fill our zine with content from our amazing customers. Each of whom, just like our employees, has a wealth of knowledge on many topics as well as geekdom. Enter your flash fiction entry here. Please read the rules carefully before submitting your entry. Entries not complying with the rules may be disqualified.

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Ticket Tuesday: 2018 Oro Valley Music Festival!

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 09 Oct by Valerie R


If you entered but didn’t win this Ticket Tuesday, you will have another chance to win tomorrow! Be sure to check our Facebook page on October 12!

It’s Ticket Tuesday and Bookmans has the inside track on the hottest festival in Southern Arizona! The Oro Valley Music Festival is this weekend, and we’ve got 3 pairs of tickets up for grabs. Read on to find out how you can win a pair!

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Halloween Fun and Fall Frolics Are On the Way!

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

Bookmans is so excited to share our jam-packed schedule of upcoming October events with you, Arizona! From Dungeons & Dragons to haunted Halloween fun to incredible Studio Nights, there is an event at Bookmans that is made just for you. It’s time to dive into the Frightful Fall fun with Bookmans!

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For the Love of Language

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 22 Sep by Valerie R

Not a year goes by that you don’t daydream about taking off and seeing the world. Yes, you. You, me, and everyone else too. On our road to becoming the adventurers we would like to be, having a solid second or third language can make a world of difference. Even if you’re not keen on traveling, there are a whole lot of great reasons for everyone in the family to learn a second language.

Learning languages online. Audiobooks concept. Books and headphones on the map world. 3d
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Fight Censorship and Have Fun with Bookmans in September!

Posted in Community Events, Contests & Giveaways, In Our Stores, News on 07 Sep by Valerie R

This Fight Censorship Month Bookmans is incredibly excited to celebrate our freedom to read and appreciate art in all its forms in September! We’re also thrilled to host and participate in so many great events within the communities we serve. No matter your age or interest, there are amazing events coming your way all month long at your local Bookmans!

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25 Tips and Tricks for Dungeons and Dragons Players: Part Three

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 13 Aug by Valerie R

The ultimate tabletop game, Dungeons and Dragons, is having a major popularity boom at the moment. Like so many others, if you are just learning how to tackle the tremendous world of Dungeons and Dragons with your friends or in a DnD club, the size, scale, and complexity of the game can feel overwhelming. As a longtime DnD gamer, I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of tips and tricks that can help you master Dungeons and Dragons! In fact, I’ve got 25 of them right here! If you haven’t read Parts One and Two, check them out now. If you’re all caught up, here are my final tips and tricks that will turn you from a novice into a full-fledged gamer!


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25 Tips and Tricks for Dungeons and Dragons Players: Part Two

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 05 Aug by Valerie R

Thanks to the recent resurgence of 80s nostalgia (I’m looking at you, Stranger Things), the already incredibly popular tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons is attracting new players every day. If you yourself are new to the world of DnD, Bookmans is here to help. Some of our employees are, in fact, and this should be unsurprising, serious DnD gamers. As a devoted Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast myself, I am always happy to impart some wisdom to newbies. If you haven’t read Part One of this 3-part blog, catch up here. If you’re ready for some more tips and tricks, read on, adventurers!

Markers, multi-sided dice, game pieces, and writing on a tap signifying a Dungeons and Dragons game being played

Sunshine and Fun to Come at Bookmans in August!

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

The summer days are still long here in Arizona, and everyone is looking some great ways to beat the heat and humidity in August. Lucky you, Bookmans’ August calendar is overflowing with free events for every member of the family. If your jam is painting, gaming, live music, pets, Pokemon, or trivia, your local Bookmans has your entertainment needs covered!

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Ultimate Movie Party: House Party

Posted in Reel Chat on 12 Jul by Valerie R

Once upon a time, a slightly goofy hip-hop duo (not the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff) were the hottest thing in town. That time was the 1980s, and no teenager could escape the lure of Kid ‘n Play. Kid ‘n Play were absolutely everywhere and was no surprise that they scored their own movie. If you’ve been keeping up with Bookmans’ Ultimate Movie Party blogs, you know that all of the movies chosen have a lot in common. They’ve all got memorable performances, great soundtracks, enviable outfits, and of course, an undeniable party vibe. Kid ‘n Play’s House Party truly has it all, and here’s why it should be your next Ultimate Movie Party inspiration.

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Have Some Summer Fun with Bookmans In July!

Posted in News on 01 Jul by Valerie R

July is a shaping up to be a spectacular month for Bookmans events! Some of our most popular events expanding to other stores in Arizona over the next few weeks, and that means that there’s a whole lot more fun coming your way this summer. Grab your calendar and pencil in your faves!

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The 2018 Summer Kids Events Continue!

Posted in Community Events, News on 28 Jun by Valerie R

Summer is in full effect and Bookmans has been the place to be for summer fun! As we wrap up our June events, we are gearing up for all these incredible July and August Summer Kids Events! No matter which Bookmans store you call your favorite, there is a whole lot of fun in store for little ones to enjoy. From sea-themed adventures to Ninja Turtles and so much more, your local Bookmans is bursting with free entertainment at all our Summer Kids Events!

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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


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


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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