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13 May

Hip Hip YA: A Look at Young Adult Literature

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Young Adult literature? A typical response from someone who hasn’t delved into this newer movement might include something about sparkling vampires. The true YA fan knows that there is so much more hidden among the rows beyond rows of books that glisten figuratively on our orange shelves. Although Twilight remains a staple, other plots rise above the realm of vampires to capture hearts of all ages. Today, we brandish our copies of teen fiction with pride.

Hip Hip YA: A Look at Young Adult Literature

11 May

Bookmans Recommends: Books About Books

Every reader at Bookmans has a favorite genre, although most of us read books from multiple genres. Why choose one when you can have them all? And books about books–any book nerd understands the appeal of reading a book about books! These works express our overwhelming love for books and for reading. If this describes you, try one of these four books (fiction and nonfiction) about books (fiction and nonfiction).

Bookmans Recommends: Books About Books

03 May

Convenient Textbook Buyback

By Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant Intern

May–arguably the best month for those of us fortunate enough to live in Arizona. The weather is not yet too hot, the trees are still pleasingly yellow budded and, for some of us, SCHOOL IS OUT. Gone are the days, nights and weekends spent in a musty library. Gone are the assignments, exams and stressors of academic life. Well, almost gone. One stressor remains: what to do with those heavy, unwanted textbooks cluttering your room and life. The answer? Bring them to Bookmans and experience the wonder of our convenient textbook buyback!

Convenient Textbook Buyback

27 Apr

Stories of UFOs and Strange Phenomena

Bookmans has excellent UFO and strange phenomena sections many of you peruse those titles. We have books by famed authors like Whitley Streiber, Zecharia Sitchin and Erick Von Dankin on topics ranging from alien contact, abductions by aliens and historical encounters with extraterrestrials (ETs).

Stories of UFOs and Strange Phenomena: Communion

20 Apr

Bookmans Recommends: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Long ago, in the center of the Central Dominance, was a land called Luthadel. It was here, almost a thousand years ago, where the city’s prophesied hero from myth and legend rose to slay a great and terrifying evil. He lost. The powerful Lord Ruler took over and controls the lands where ash pours from the sky and thick mists cover the lands every night. How do you come back from such a loss? Assemble the best heist this world has ever seen and take the power back! How? That’s where Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson gets good.

Bookmans Recommends: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

19 Apr

The Bogus and Real Celestial Views of Tucson

Humans have long had the urge to ply the skies and that desire continues unabated. Tucson has amazing celestial views. The University of Arizona has a stellar (heh) astronomy department and Kitt Peak and Flandrau Observatories add to our interplanetary dreams. Bookmans stretches our love for Earth to include all the planets and everything surrounding us. Amazing astronomical events occur in the vista above us and brilliant scientists continue to go even farther with our discoveries. Sometimes we see bogus events touted along with the real celestial views in Tucson.

The Bogus and Real Celestial Views of Tucson

12 Apr

Steampunk 101

Tucson has a large and enthusiastic Steampunk community who hosts or attends multiple events throughout the year. Even if you are not a member of this thriving group, you likely know someone who is. We suggest you attend at least one of these events or go all out and join their ranks because these folks bring the fun. Steampunks are creative, talented, intelligent and entertaining friends. That is why Bookmans asked the Tucson Steampunk Society to return for a 2nd Annual Steampunk Invasion of Bookmans Speedway. We thought this might be a good opportunity to go over a few basics with a Steampunk 101, or at least try. The greatest thing about the Steampunk movement is that it’s inclusive. The next greatest thing is that, while some activities are common to most Steampunk events, the party is an ever-changing, highly-personalized vision of a future past. It’s not exactly “anything goes” but it is close.

Steampunk 101

04 Apr

New Young Adult Section Inspires Recommendations

Given the popularity and the increase in the number of Young Adult titles, the section at Bookmans Speedway needed to expand. We moved the YA books to their own spot at the end of the Geek Zone. Relocating YA from the Kids Room is important because teens need their own place to shop. Now YA readers of all ages can still find the latest and most in demand titles on our YA hot title display AND they won’t have to compete with energetic younger readers for space. Moving the section reminds us why so many of these books are made into movies, how prolific the authors are and how much the subgenres vary.

New Young Adult Section Inspires Recommendations

31 Mar

Bookmans Recommends: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

With the thousands of fantasy titles on our shelves, it’s hard to find one that’s so thoroughly original it makes us want to never put it down while simultaneously making us want to stop reading so the story never has to end. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is one such title. Not a single Bookmans employee has read this captivating and haunting fantasy tale without shrieking in ecstasy when it comes across our counter. The Name of The Wind is the first in the the King Killer Chronicles trilogy with a first person narrator, Kvothe, retelling the tale of his upbringing as a traveling trouper and his delve into the world of magic. With elements of lore, legend and history there’s not a dull moment.

Bookmans Recommends: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

22 Mar

2016 TFOB Recap: Reinventing Poe

By Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant Intern

This year at Tucson Festival Of Books I attended Evermore: Reinventing Poe, given in honor of Big Read Connects Tucson, whose theme this year is Edgar Allan Poe. Authors Louis Bayard, Lynn Cullen and Polly Schulman talked about their experience writing historical fiction and their own relationships with the infamous Poe.

2016 TFOB Recap: Reinventing Poe

18 Mar

2016 TFOB Recap: Author Dinner

Though Bookmans has been a part of Tucson Festival of Books from the beginning, this Bookmans Flag Events Liaison and proud bibliophile embarked on my first ever TFOB this past weekend. Not only did I get to check out TFOB events and vendors like Science City, Mr. Nature’s Music Garden and of course our Bookmans booth, I also attended the Author Dinner, the ultimate kick off to the festival where I saw the side of R.L. Stine’s face! A few other cool bookish dreams came to life as well.

2016 TFOB Recap: Author Dinner

2016 TFOB Author Dinner Table Decorations

09 Mar

Used Magazines for All Reasons and Readers

Our modern world provides us with an explosion of information. Never before have humans had such astonishing access to any and every kind of data, which, by the way, is wonderful. Electronic media are the main source of our attention these days, but let’s not forget their humble cousin–the paper periodical. Bookmans deals in gently used magazines, both selling and buying. Magazines don’t seem to go out of style or be restricted to the doctor’s office and airplanes.

Used Magazines for All Reasons and Readers

07 Mar

Arizona’s Finest Female Authors at Tucson Festival of Books

Excitement builds as the Tucson Festival of Books approaches. Two full days of author sightings, speeches, food, music and workshops! If you haven’t checked out the author lineup you definitely need to get in gear. On top of our best selling favorites like R.L. Stine, Diana Gabaldon and Margaret Coel, there’s a slew of participating awesome, local and female authors. Don’t miss your chance to support the finest ladies of literature!

Arizona's Finest Female Authors at Tucson Festival of Books

03 Mar

Bookmans Recommends: The True Meaning of Smekday

One thing trending at Bookmans Grant is young adult novels… and girl power and Adam Rex and anything apocalyptic. Okay, more than one thing is hot and happening these days. One book that combines all the other things is The True Meaning of Smekday by a favorite local author, Adam Rex. Rex is scheduled to be at this year’s Festival of Books. Catch him at one of his FOUR sessions. You definitely won’t want to miss seeing him. You also definitely don’t want to miss out on Rex’s first novel and what The New York Times calls, “so original, so absorbing and so laugh-out-loud funny.”

Bookmans Recommends: The True Meaning of Smekday

02 Mar

Coffee Table Books Add a Sophisticated Touch

Along with the various artistic events and creative endeavors taking place at Bookmans stores for All Things Art month, we have a plethora of colorful additions in the form of coffee table books. Everyone knows art books are babe magnets. From Pablo Picasso to Yoko Ono, we have it. Bookmans offers books that display the greatest works of the greatest painters, sculptures and photographers. Imagine how impressive your living room would look with a couple of these bad boys showing off your style. We compiled a few examples of retrospectives and collections sure to add a sophisticated touch to your collection.

Coffee Table Books Add a Sophisticated Touch

26 Feb

Bookmans Recommends: Time Travel Books for Leap Day

Because it’s a leap year, this February we get an extra day to read. Leap Day may make time for more reading, but when we try to understand the phenomena of a leap year things get complicated.

Bookmans Recommends: Time Travel Books for Leap Day

25 Feb

TFOB Book Nerd Scenarios and Solutions

By Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant

Tucson Festival of Books is right around the corner and we. are. so. EXCITED! Huge authors will come, awesome book talks will ensue, and Arizona’s Spring weather will (most likely) warm festival activities. Because of our great love for books, we face serious book nerd problems as TFOB draws near.

TFOB Book Nerd Scenarios and Solutions

24 Feb

Remembering Harper Lee

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Harper Lee dies at 89.

Harper-Lee

19 Feb

Employee Recommends

The brilliant part of loving to read and working in a large used bookstore is that our shelves aren’t limited by current publishing trends and each co-worker appreciates a different genre. When we recommend books to each other and to you, the suggestion isn’t based on a marketing campaign but a true appreciation for the book. We always have Employee Recommends displays because it gives us a chance to talk about what we love to do. Today we share a few of our current Employee Recommends and explain why these books appeal to us.

Employee Recommends

15 Feb

Radical Children’s Books

Children’s picture books offer much to love: beautiful illustrations, magical beings and tales of adventure and friendship. These books warm our hearts and fuel our imaginations but a growing body of books for young readers expose their minds to radical ideas. We’ve had our first Black president, marriage equality is a reality and legalized cannabis is spreading across the country. How do we explain these concepts to our youngest generation? We compiled a list of radical children’s books that explain “not so far out there” ideas. Now is the time for our children to be socially aware, responsible and respectful of people who embrace or embody such concepts and these authors have made it all the easier.

Radical Children's Books

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