Community Events

14 Apr

Mesa’s ZapCon 6 Arcade and Pinball Convention

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?

31 Mar

It’s Easy Being Green at Bookmans this April!

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

15 Mar

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

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!”

22 Nov

Twitter Treasure Hunt Commandeers Phoenix!

Just in time for the week of Blackbeard Friday and Small Business Saturday, Bookmans collaborates with Local First AZ (LFA) to bring you an action-packed Twitter Treasure Hunt! We have hidden seven spectacular prize packs at seven LFA businesses in the Phoenix Metro area and it’s up to you to make the discoveries. Tracking down local loot is easy.

Shop Local Give Local 2014

14 Nov

Spread the Local Love

Every November, Bookmans celebrates supporting locally owned businesses with Shop Local Give Local Month. We believe independently owned businesses are the key to creating and maintaining cultural diversity. This is what makes Tucson, Arizona so unique. Our lovely city is stuffed with unique local businesses making a name for themselves, each store just as diverse as the last. We could not be more proud! Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite hard-working local businesses and share some local love.

30 Oct

Shop Local Give Local Sale At Bookmans East!

Bookmans is bringing you the deals once again! Bookmans East Tucson location is having a 20% off storewide sale to celebrate shopping and giving local this busy holiday season. Enjoy 20% books, movies, music and more all day Sunday, November 5th. But that’s not all! Bring a children’s book donation to Make Way for Books and receive an additional 10% off your purchase. That’s right! You can get a total of 30% off just by bringing in your gently used Berenstain Bears or Magic School Bus books. And you can use your trade credit! So mark your calendar and clean out your library for the Bookmans Shop Local Give Local Sale. This promotion can not be combined with other discounts or offers. #LocalLove

26 Oct

Tucson’s Fall Bucket List for the Family

Fall is an amazing time of the year! Pumpkin-flavored everything, costumes, cool weather, scarves, and leaves of many hues slowly falling off the almost-bare trees. Some say autumn is the season of love, so let’s bundle up and find out some amazing ways you too can celebrate this beautiful season with those you love the most!

20 Oct

Celebrate Autumn at Arizona Fall Fest!

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!

18 Oct

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!

12 Oct

Local Arts | Luna Gale at Saint Francis Theater

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.”

11 Oct

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

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!

20 Sep

Get Crafty | Bookmans Recommends Geeky Projects

As you may have heard, Winter is coming. This means many different things around Arizona, from snow-covered streets in Flagstaff to perfect hiking climes in Tucson. No matter what your fave cool-weather activity might be, we recommend that you throw crafting into the rotation. Whether you’re a geek or not, you can be sure to find something to satisfy your creative side at your local Bookmans. Also, be sure to check our event calendar for creative and crafty gatherings across the state. When it comes to crafting, there is quite a universe out there and Bookmans is ready to help you boldly craft how you’ve never crafted before. All six of our Bookmans locations have a section dedicated to all different kinds of craft books. There are even a few especially for us geeks out there. Today, we highlight the best and brightest in the geeky craft world.

06 Sep

Fight Censorship | 5 Unlikely Banned Books

We fight censorship every month at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. But September is especially awesome when it comes to freedom of speech because we celebrate #ArrestedReading with Banned Book Mugshots and Challenged Literature Displays! It’s always interesting to see what new books have made the banned list and remember those from previous years. There’s something exciting about finding out that one of your favorites is part of the club. I took some time to read about a few of these and compiled of a list of the most random and hilarious reasons that books were banned. I hope some of these are familiar titles for you and the reason they are “unfit” Wheto be read gives you a good chuckle!

23 Aug

Bookmans Attends EEF’s 6th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee

Join Bookmans at the 6th annual Celebrity Spelling Bee this Friday 8/25 at 7pm at The Rialto Theatre brought to you by the Educational Enrichment Foundation. This year EEF goes even bigger as this beloved Tucson tradition is set to premier at The Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson. Tucson celeb Adam Rex and State Senator Steve Farley will be among the spellers competing for the top prize.

18 Jul

PoeFest | Student Writing Competition 2017

**Deadline extended through October 20th, 2017!**

Announcing the PoeFest Arizona Student Writing Competition! Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is proud to sponsor the inaugural year of this statewide student contest celebrating the bard of Baltimore himself, Edgar Allan Poe. The competition is part of PoeFest, 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. The PoeFest Student Writing Competition is open to all Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2017-2018 school year. Submissions can be dropped off at any Bookmans Entertainment Exchange location or emailed to A winner will be declared for each of two categories: short stories and poetry. All winners will receive prize packages supplied by Bookmans. For all the details, please keep reading below. But don’t delay, the submission deadline is October 20, 2017!


13 Jul

Bookmans About Town | Community Events

Bookmans is known for our fun and free family events at each of our stores. But we’re also out and about around Arizona, supporting the arts and connecting with the community! Come find us in your local neighborhood at some of the coolest cultural events that the Grand Canyon State has to offer. We’re presenting early literacy outreach storytimes at Phoenix Art Museum’s Discount Tire Free Family Weekend on the second Saturday of each month. We’re hosting booths at Flagstaff’s Pickin’ in the Pines and Downtown Tucson’s Second Saturdays. Bookmans is also a part of Wednesday Wind Up, a 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 our stores with the surrounding communities, our goal is to circulate great ideas while promoting Arizona-grown businesses and non-profit organizations. Be sure to stop by one of our booths when you see us at a festival or event, you just might take home a rad prize.

07 Jul

#AwesomeAlert | Tucson Community Partners!

It’s no secret that Bookmans LOVES animals. We can’t help but get excited when a customer brings their lovable four-legged friend into one of our stores. From dogs to cats to lizards and birds, PETS ROCK! That’s why we allow friendly pets on a leash to hang at our stores and we dedicate the entire month of July to celebrating our K9 companions. We invite local pet adoption organizations and community partners to our stores for an array of free events geared towards a healthy and happy fido. We’d love to take some time and introduce just a couple of the awesome community groups and organizations doing great work right here in Tucson. So without further ado, here are some of Bookmans animal welfare besties.

05 Jul

Women Vs. Cosplay: The Calendar

The 2017 Comicon convention season may be over, but there’s still time to celebrate those amazingly talented geeks who make comic conventions entertaining and visually stunning. That’s right, I’m talking about cosplayers! Most of time, media attention focuses on only male cosplayers, particularly those of the “hero” persuasion. The Women Vs. Cosplay project seeks to balance that out by shifting the focus to talented female cosplayers of many skill levels.

01 Jun

Tune In This June | Free Events At Bookmans

Tune in this month for June’s Tunes at Bookmans! All month-long we host an orchestra of fun-filled events sure to be music to your ears. From instrument workshops to performances and giveaways, we’ve got you covered for the month of June. Our stores will embark on a state-wide celebration of the marvelous world of music, so stay tuned for events at Bookmans!

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