Celebrate Autumn at Arizona Fall Fest!

Posted in Community Events on 20 Oct by

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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Frightful Fall | Classic Halloween Songs

Posted in Musical Notes on 19 Oct by

Everyone celebrates Frightful Fall differently. Costumes, candy apples, trick-or-treating and fall festivals are all popular ways to show your autumn spirit. At Bookmans, we like to celebrate with the perfect Halloween playlist. With so many creepy songs to choose from, we recommend making a few different playlists in order to capture each specific spooky mood. Today, we are highlighting the classics. These songs are a must at any Frightful Fall party. Whether you will be watching horror movies or carving pumpkins this Halloween, here is a list of knock-your-socks off songs to get you in that scary spirit.

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Winner Wednesday | PoeFest at Hotel San Carlos

**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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Star Wars: Return of the Readers Sale at Bookmans Northwest

Posted in In Our Stores on 17 Oct by

Shop the Bookmans Galaxy at Bookmans Northwest! 

20% All Products, All Day!

Bookmans Northwest is hosting a Bookmans: Return of the Readers Sale this Saturday, October 21st 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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Frightful Fall | Obscure Halloween Soundtracks

Posted in In Our Stores on 16 Oct by

October is Frightful Fall at Bookmans! Whether you are a soundtrack guru or you just like spooky music, Halloween is arguably one of the best times of the year to break out those scary soundtracks. Of course, we know the staples such as Tubular Bells from The Exorcist or This is Halloween from The Night Before Christmas but did you know there are also soundtracks available for some of your favorite Halloween films? Get ready to be bewitched and bewildered because today we are counting down three of our MUST-HAVES for this haunted holiday season.

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Freebie Friday | The Foreigner

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 13 Oct by

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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Local Arts | Luna Gale at Saint Francis Theater

Posted in Community Events on 12 Oct by

What does it take to raise a child? In Rebecca Gilman’s drama Luna Gale, two teenagers struggle with drug abuse while trying to raise a child. Caroline, an esteemed social worker believes she has a typical case on her hands. Stuck in the middle of this custody battle, Caroline can’t help but connect deeply with the case. On one side, she sees the love that the mother and father have for each other and their baby, but is wary of their sobriety. On the other side, she sees a grandmother filled with love and compassion, but soon realizes her main priority is to prepare for the coming rapture. Little does she know that her involvement in the case opens doors that are maybe best left untouched. Heart wrenching, gripping, and estranged, Luna Gale takes the stage at Tucson’s very own local Saint Francis theater on October 13-29, 2017. “Luna Gale is a compelling drama,” director Mark Klugheit says. “It has no villains. It has seven people, each of whom are intensely driven by what they feel is right. And when you have people who have a strong sense of what is right, there are clashes, there’s drama.”

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No, You’re the Best! Thank You, Phoenix

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores, News on 11 Oct by

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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Bookmans Recommends | Sabrina The Teenage Witch

Posted in Merchandise on 10 Oct by

If you couldn’t get enough of Archie’s Weird Mysteries, move over because there’s a new witch in town! Long before the super mega hit that is currently the CW’s Riverdale, even before the magical TV mishaps of Melissa Joan Hart and Caroline Rhea, there was simply Sabrina. Originating in the Archie comics, Sabrina was a teenager who just happens to be a witch. As the DVD Box explains “Sabrina The Teenage Witch is no ordinary girl. She’s the sweetest and sassiest magical girl in all of Riverdale. Teen life is tricky enough, but there can be double trouble when magic is involved. When Sabrina tugs on her earlobe, there’s no telling what might happen. Join Sabrina and her friends, cat Salem, warlock Cousin Ambrose and the rest of the Riverdale gang in all 31 episodes.”

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Frightful Fall | Top 5 Underrated Horror Movies

Posted in Reel Chat on 09 Oct by

It’s Frightful Fall at Bookmans and we’re counting down our Top 5 favorite underrated horror films! These films were chosen for a variety of reasons, each one displays certain extraordinary qualities that set them apart from others in the horror genre. Some were executed with professional expertise utilizing cinematography, sound, special effects, lighting, direction, acting, plot development and the like in original and professional ways. Others were adapted from novels and utilized cultural and literary references to bring cannon concepts into the modern arena. While others had a stellar cast and stood out not only because the direction was spot on but the acting was as well. These films stick with us and give us what we crave from a horror film: a good scare and a lasting thrill.

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Bookmans Recommends | The Aviary by Galantis

Posted in Musical Notes on 06 Oct by

If you know much about Electronic Dance Music then chances are, you’ve heard of Galantis. This Swedish duo consists of Christian Karlasson and Linus Eklöwn. The two have made their mark in sculpting House music. Galantis is best known for their 2014 hit single, Runaway (U & I) as well as individual accomplishments within the music industry. Their latest album, The Aviary infuses their unique sense of vitality into the songs while keeping their melodies groovy. Today, I’m highlighting my top three tracks on Galantis’ The Aviary to help break down the album.

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Messing with the Bull | The Legacy of Ferdinand

Posted in Bookie Blog on 05 Oct by

By Samantha Verini, Editorial Intern for Worlds of Words

You would be hard-pressed to find a home in America without a copy of The Story of Ferdinand, but you might still be surprised by the full story of our beloved bull. It turns out that Ferdinand survived more than just the bullring; from his creation in 1936, Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s most cherished character appeared as a controversial symbol during the Spanish Civil War and World War II before appearing across the media as an icon for peace.

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Top Five Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument

Posted in Musical Notes on 04 Oct by

Johann Sebastian Bach once said, “It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Music has been around since the dawn of time. Its incredible diversity in the sounds, genres, instruments, and emotions makes music is a universal language. Well, maybe not technically a language, but people can connect in such a way that sometimes words cannot reach. So here are a list of the top five reasons why you should learn a musical instrument!

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Frightful Fall | Spooky Snacks Across Arizona

Posted in In Our Stores on 03 Oct by

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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Geek & Sundry | The Wednesday Club

Posted in News on 02 Oct by

By Guest Blogger, C’loni Bailey, Bookmans Enthusiast and Cosplay Connoisseur.

Have you ever wanted to get into comics but didn’t know where to begin? Have you been reading comics but don’t know what to read next? Do you enjoy watching awesome people geek out about the comics they love? Then The Wednesday Club is for you! The Wednesday Club is a Geek and Sundry Twitch show about everything comics, hosted by Matt Key, Amy Dallen, and Taliesin Jaffe (Critical Role), three of the most wonderful geeks you could ever watch. The Wednesday Club is the perfect show for comic newbies who want to get into comics but feel overwhelmed with all possibilities because, let’s face it, there are a LOT of the comics and it can be hard to know where to even start. Even just picking a superhero to start with can be complicated – there are so many timelines and alternate universes and mash-ups, oh my!

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October is Frightful Fall at Bookmans!

Posted in In Our Stores on 30 Sep by

Fall is here! Along with knitwear, cooler temps and colorful foliage comes fright nights and spooky celebrations! Bookmans stores open their doors to ghosts, ghouls and goblins for frightfully Fall-tastic events all October long. From scary cinema to creepy crawler meet and greets to trick or treating in our stores, Bookmans has got you covered in the all things spooky department!

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Banned Books Week | Counter Culture Lit

Posted in Bookie Blog on 29 Sep by

Bookmans is known for having those hard to find treasures in all our departments. This is especially true for our book department, where we frequently have unique titles, quirky subject matter and interesting artwork. This week is no exception. In honor of Banned Books Week, we are thrilled to feature some controversial, extremely rare, counter culture titles. These works were groundbreaking and highly controversial for their time. Many are still hotly debated and some are even reviled. Today, we highlight three of our favorite rare esoteric counter culture works.

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Bookmans Recommends | Trip by Jhené Aiko

Posted in Musical Notes on 28 Sep by

Jhené Aiko’s new album, Trip is an inside perspective on her journey of healing. From love to heartache, she talks about growing as a mother, the overwhelming grief of losing her brother to cancer, and the thought that she might have actually found real love. This album is more than a surprise, it’s a revelation with light airy beats whirling around in a familiar atmosphere. Here to help unpack this newly released album, I will be highlighting my top three favorite tracks.

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Bookmans Recommends | Reiki Readings

Posted in Bookie Blog on 27 Sep by

Bookmans is a wonderland of books, music, movies and media. So, it isn’t surprising that there are certain sections in our stores that some folks have yet discovered. Today, we focus on our New Age book section. More specifically, we’re delving into the art of Reiki. Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that therapists can channel healing energy into the patient by means of touch. This form of natural healing is very spiritual (yet has no religious attachments) and has been known to help physical pain, insomnia, stress reduction, depression, and much more. This control of healing energy can also be used in daily activities. Some use the technique while gardening, cooking, during pregnancy, studying, and even with electronics. Reiki functions on a physical, mental, and emotional level. It is an unlimited form of spiritual healing energy. This healing energy is passed through gentle static light pressure touch and has also been known to work over long distances. It’s all about sending those good vibes!

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Bookmans Recommends | Levar Burton Reads for YOU

Posted in Bookie Blog on 26 Sep by

By Guest Blogger, C’loni Bailey, Bookmans Enthusiast and Cosplay Connoisseur.

Reading Rainbow was a staple of the American childhood during the ’80s and ’90s. Levar Burton was the face, the voice, and the personality that made reading not only fun but magical. For over twenty years, Levar Burton brought the magic of reading straight into people’s homes via the half-hour television show. Now, those same children who grew up watching Reading Rainbow get the chance to experience that magic again with Levar Burton Reads, a new podcast in which the Star Trek: The Next Generation actor reads his favorite works of short fiction.

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