09 May

Bookmans Tucson | Free Summer Kids Events

Everyone’s favorite used bookstore is hosting a cornucopia of family-friendly events all summer long at each of our six state-wide locations. Join us for Free Summer Kids Events with fun-filled activities like mad science experiments and lego build offs. Meet real-life mermaids and pirates as you sail the seven seas. Settle in for a jolly storytelling experience with puppets, magic and more. Free Summer Kids Events take place Tuesday through Friday at 10am. Here’s what we have coming your way:


26 Apr

Grant Location Liquidation Sale

We recently moved our well known Grant location to the new Bookmans Midtown location at 3330 East Speedway Blvd. just east of Country Club Rd. Bookmans Midtown is up and running and ready for you to come buy, sell and trade. With that said, most of the stores inventory made its way to our new location, but we couldn’t bring everything over, we just had too many books. We love books and want to make sure these fabulous titles find their way into good homes, so we are having a GRANT LOCATION LIQUIDATION SALE!


20 Apr

Bookmans Mesa Sale | Top 5 Items To Buy

You read that title correct my friends. In honor of Earth Day, Bookmans Mesa is having a sale! At Bookmans we are all about being good for your pocket and good for the planet which is why we are offering 25% off the entire Bookmans Mesa store – books, DVDs, CDs, video games, housewares, vinyl and more! Everything will be discounted on top of our already low prices. Join us this Saturday April 22nd from 9am to 10pm.


So what to buy at Bookmans Mesa this weekend, you know, besides everything you can possibly get your hands on? We have a few suggestions (five in fact) to help you get the most at the Bookmans Mesa 25% off sale.

01 Apr

Green Hearts This April At Bookmans

It is no secret that Bookmans has mad love for planet earth. Recycling is in our blood and our business model. Every April we celebrate this big blue marble with events that highlight the environment. Join us for  educational workshops on climate change and kids activities where you can bring out your inner Lorax and speak for the trees. From the picturesque Sonoran Desert to the tall pines of Northern Arizona, our Bookmans locations have earth-friendly events to help you show some love to Mother Earth. Take a peek at our events calendar to see what we mean.

30 Mar

Bookmans Midtown Housewarming Party

Have you heard the news? Bookmans Grant has moved and is now Bookmans Midtown. Located at 3330 E. Speedway Blvd, just east of Country Club in Tucson, our new Midtown store is open with all the Bookmans bells and whistles, including great deals on new and used books, movies, games, instruments and more!


24 Feb

Dear DC, If We May Make A Suggestion. | Bookmans

Whether you liked, loved or loathed the recent incarnation of the worlds greatest detective, DC’s golden boy or the rest of the Super Friends, we can all agree that these films are not doing well. Batman Vs. Superman was not the launch point studio execs had hoped for and promptly sent them into a panic that resulted in the Hot Topic graffiti-esc mess that was Suicide Squad. Each of these films currently stands with a less than 30% score on rotten tomatoes. There are countless interviews of a jaded Jordan Catalano wondering where his scenes went and a revolving door that is the director’s chair on the upcoming Flash and Batman projects. For whatever reason, things aren’t working out for DC’s attempt at a shared universe. This may be because the studios involvement is a little heavy handed, the scripts are simply not good or, and more likely, they are decent but the comic book movie fan is spoiled after the consistent success that is Marvel Studios. Marvel has it’s own faults totally, but they have successfully tapped into this market and there is literally no room for DC products. But fret not friends, for we have the solution and have carefully crafted a letter to the big wigs urging them to heed our advice. A letter we are completely confident they will never see, nor want to.

30 Jan

For The #LoveOfReading! this February at Bookmans

You’re so hunky, you must be hiding a rapidly aging portrait somewhere in your attic. It’s happened friends. It’s officially hunting season for bow and arrow wielding cherubs. Their target? You, of course. Whether you have a sweetheart or are digging the single life no one is safe from these lovey dovey ultimate peer pressureres. They’ll sweet talk you. Describing their impressive…Library. Maybe they’ll share with you in detail how The Sound and the Fury wasn’t named after Macbeth — it was inspired by a night with them. Perhaps they will whisper sweet nothings like “I’d love you in all the times, including* the Time of Cholera. (*but not limited to).” And your poor treacherous heart won’t be able to help but go pitter patter and the thought of a Bookish beau. Honestly we don’t blame you in the slightest because there is one undeniable fact we all know to be true: a bibliophile may be a Jane Eyre in public but you can bet your cute butt they are total Bertha in the bedroom or attic. #LoveOfReading

In the spirit of candy hearts and declarations of L O V E we’ve got a slew of perfect date nights for you and yours. From cosplay parties for the nerdy lovers to our infamous Blind Date With A Book displays, Bookmans has got you covered on fun and creative ways to spend the day with Mr. Right. Or if it’s more your style – Mr. Right Now. No judgement, you do you boo boo.


29 Dec

2016…Nuf’ Said | Bookmans

We want to say goodbye to 2016 respectfully. It was another 365 days that helped shape who we are and how we view the world, and although some things might be shaping those perspectives differently than you imagined – we’re here to provide you with some perspective regardless of where you are on the spectrum.

We wouldn’t be the bookstore you know and love if we didn’t recognize the good parts of 2016 but we realize a lot of people are feeling drabby, crappy and poopy. For the sake of making 2017 a bit more shiny and less turd-like for those of you on that end, we give you a list of things sure to let you harness your inner frustration, know that you’re not alone and laugh out the craptastic feelings and for those of you not shunning 2016: a list of things you can surely be thankful for.


28 Oct

Bookmans Recommends: Fox’s Revamped Horror Classic “The Exorcist”

Demonic possession is back, in a HUGE way. After years of domination by sparkly vampires and walking zombies, pop culture has fallen back in love with an good old-fashioned demon casting exorcism. What is the holy hype all about?

“The belief in evil and the belief that evil can be cast out.”

From these two strands of faith, author William Peter Blatty weaves a frightening, explicit and realistic tale of an innocent young girl inhabited by a malevolent entity. The Exorcist endures as a classic horror novel. Here we rediscover The Exorcist and its ghastly gravitas.


The story is loosely based on actual events that happened in Maryland in 1949. It involved a small boy who, distraught and feeling alone over the loss of his beloved aunt, begins to play with a Ouija Board. As time passes, he experiences poltergeist-like phenomena. The bed shakes and knocking sounds from the walls. Not knowing what to do, the family turns to their local Catholic church. The boy is brought to St. Louis, where permission is granted to perform the Rite of Exorcism. The ritual was deemed a success and the boy went on the lead a normal life under complete anonymity.

03 Oct

Bookmans Grant Relocation – Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

As your beloved Bookmans Entertainment Exchange turns 40 we begin this adventure with a turning of an era. Bookmans Grant is announcing an exciting new chapter beginning early 2017. As we move into a new year we are moving our Grant store to a new location in Tucson. With the closure of the Sports Exchange we are able to recommit to our loyal Tucson fanbase and bring them their favorite Grant store in a bigger and more beautiful capacity – with all the bells and whistles! We know that you may have questions and we’d love to be able to answer all of them, so please give any one of our stores a call. We hope you help us celebrate this new chapter by continuing to shop at your local Bookmans.


You have questions, we have answers…

01 Oct

It’s Frightfully Falltastic At Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Is there something strange in your neighborhood? Did you light the black candle at the old Sanderson house? Is your name Dracula or Frankenstein? Does the full moon cause you to grow hair, sprout fangs and be really, really good at basketball? Well my friend, you are in luck because it is Frightful Fall at Bookmans! All month long we are celebrating the creepy, the ghostly and the down right monster-y as we host free hallowonderful events in our stores.  So grab some candy corn and your “Eleven” from Stranger Things costume and head to your fave used media store for frightenly falltastic fun.


01 Jul

Dog Days of Summer and Animal Welfare at Bookmans

As many of you know, Bookmans is very much a pet friendly place. Whether furry or scaled or feathered, all four legged, slithery and winged individuals are welcome in our stores. In fact we not only coo at the sight of a pup perusing our shelves, we also devote the entire month of July to Animal Welfare. We pack in the adoption events, get crafty with DIY pet toys and even get acquainted with our Arizona desert neighbor, the beloved desert tortoise, all for our annual Dog Days of Summer celebration.

Dog Days of Summer 7-16 square

05 May

Men Vs. Cosplay Calendar

By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager for Bookmans Mesa

The 2016 convention season is in full swing and it’s 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 female cosplayers, particularly those of the “sexy” persuasion. The Men Vs. Cosplay project seeks to balance that out by shifting the focus to talented male cosplayers of many skill levels.


01 May

Geeking Out with Events at Bookmans

Bookmans honors the inner Trekkie, WOWer and Dungeons and Dragons master in all of us. Geeking Out month is a time to dust off those Whovian T-shirts, Millennium Falcon replicas and all the in-depth Zelda trivia you have rolling around in your noggin and head to Bookmans for wholesome, geektastic fun. We all know Geeking Out Is Half The Fun. If you’re a Melee connoisseur or a cosplay Casanova, wipe the fog from your glasses and pay attention because Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is where you want to be.

Geeking Out with Events at Bookmans

18 Apr

I’m Paul Lee, the New Event Liaison for Bookmans Flagstaff – Written by Paul Lee

Hi guys, I’m Paul Lee. Wow, here I am working for one of my favorite stores in the country! As the new Events Liaison for Bookmans Flagstaff, I will continue the great work of Caity Evans, who is moving up in the organization, and add my spin to the events here. I hope to make a difference for our store and in the community and have plenty of fun along the way.

I'm Paul Lee, the New Event Liaison for Bookmans Flagstaff

11 Apr

The Rise and Fall of American Idol

By Todd W., Visual Merchandiser and Event Liaison at Bookmans Mesa

It was the Summer of 2002. Some may remember it as when the Euro became the official currency of twelve of the European Union’s Members. Some may remember it as the year Brazil wins the World Cup. I remember this as the year Kelly Clarkson came out of Burleson, Texas to become the first to win a singing competition known as American Idol.

The Rise and Fall of American Idol

06 Apr

Bookmans Musical Instrument Repair Shop on Instagram

By Michael Welborn, Electronics Specialist for Bookmans Musical Instrument Repair

Bookmans Musical Instrument Repair joins Bookmans and Bookmans Sports on Instagram. Follow us to see the weird, wonderful and everything in between that comes across our collective benches. Following @BookmansMIR gives you a sneak peek into our 5,000 square foot workshop and the minds inside. Featured on the page are both store-owned instruments and customer repairs as well as the occasional glance into the psyche of those repairing them.

Bookmans Musical Instrument Repair Shop on Instagram

22 Feb

Earn Bookmans Credit with the Free Metropia App

Metropia, Inc. has teamed up with Bookmans to reward commuters for driving a better city with the Metropia app, for single trips and casual carpooling.

Ok, that needs some explaining. Picture this: the weekend is finally here and you’ve got your handy to-do list of errands you’ve been putting off all week. In between those boring responsibilities, you’ve also thrown in a few fun-only stops–a thrift store here and there, some clothes shopping, maybe even everyone’s favorite entertainment resale store.

Earn Bookmans Credit with the Free Metropia App

26 Oct

Write a Novel in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo 2015

By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

November is right around the corner and so is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo (as it’s called) is an annual writing marathon started by Chris Baty in 1999 as a way to get himself, and about a hundred other participants, writing for fun. It has since bloomed into a worldwide event with over 400,000 participants. Join me as I participate in NaNoWriMo 2015 by writing a novel in 30 days.

Write a Novel in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo 2015

22 Oct

Tucson Weekly Announces 2015 Best of Tucson

In some ways, we could have predicted success in the Tucson Weekly’s 2015 Best of Tucson awards. Our stores reflect the communities in which we operate. Tucson is awesome, your bring your awesome stuff to trade and you elevate our cred by hanging out with us. Ergo we’re the best because you’re the best. Even so, having your expressed support and approval gives us the Sally Field experience. You like us, right now! You like us! And we LOVE you. As the cherry on top, the writers at Tucson Weekly squeeze our already squishy hearts with their explanations about how we earned the awards.


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