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Bookmans Recommends: Being Scared Silly

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 23 Oct by

By Megan Maiden, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

Oh, October! The spookiest month is upon us. You know what that means; there’s a run on the horror movie section at Bookmans! To get in the spirit of the season, I chose my most treasured gems to share with you fearless readers.

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Meet Eric and Kyle of Teddy’s Bullet

Bookmans Flagstaff added another group of talented musicians to our live music roster. The first Wednesday of every month is fully dedicated to the musical stylings of Eric Dovigi and Kyle Beloin of Flagstaff locals Teddy’s Bullet. We are such big fans Eric and Kyle that we had to share what an incredible talent these guys are. With original songs accompanied by acoustic guitar and banjo, Eric and Kyle provide a unique sound with clever lyrics that cause hipster girls to swoon. You might not know that this talented duo, in addition to owning their rock and roll status, they work at Bookmans. Eric rocks in the book department helping customers find the latest best-seller and Kyle rolls out espressos and green tea fraps to cafe regulars. We sat down with the guys to learn more about how they became Teddy’s Bullet.

Teddy's Bullet
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Ticket Tuesdays — The Marvel Experience

**CONTEST CLOSED** Step into hyper-reality with The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour! This exclusive national tour launches at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona this December. The Marvel Experience is an unprecedented interactive event that spans over two acres. Be the star of your own comic as you swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man in next generation hyper-reality. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster, but you’re in luck! This Ticket Tuesday we are giving away a pair of tickets for a select day of The Marvel Experience.

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Bookmans Speedway’s 2014 Zombie Fair

Posted in In Our Stores on 20 Oct by

An energetic crowd gathered to get zombie makeovers by Tucson Zombies as Bookmans Speedway partnered with Tucson Zombies to host our annual Zombie Fair. You could call it a dress rehearsal for Tucson Zombies’ Zombie Walk, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Halloween at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus.

Zombie Fair at Bookmans
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Meet Jack and Diane

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 17 Oct by

Little ditty about Jack and Diane, two killer teacups growing up in the heartland. Bookmans is deeply committed to animal welfare, so each weekend Bookmans Speedway hosts animal rescues. The second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m., Reclaimed and Repurposed Pooches holds their adoption event. Recently we met Jack and Diane, a pair of bonded teacup chihuahuas.

Teacup Chihuahua
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Easy Recycled Batty Halloween Craft

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 16 Oct by

Halloween is almost here and it is the perfect time to decorate your home with recycled crafts constructed by you or your children. Other than being helpful for our environment, recycled crafts are easy and generally inexpensive because they are made with items you already have. In the spirit of the season, we crafted a hanging bat out of a toilet paper roll to adorn our work space. We created a tutorial for you so that you can make some to spook your family and friends!

Bookmans Bat Craft
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Nerdy Reads: Official Selections of Bookmans and PBS

Our friends in nerdery at Eight, Arizona PBS surveyed participants on their favorite books over the last three years of the PBS Nerd Walk. Together, we compiled the most popular choices into an official list of what nerds read. It is quite an extensive list. After all, nerds like to read. We narrowed it down to the top fifteen. Take a look to see which you have read and which you need to pick up. Then stop in at Bookmans Phoenix to check out the hip-to-be-square display of best nerdy reads in town.

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Retro Game Spotlight: Super Nintendo’s Illusion of Gaia

By C’Loni Bailey, EEC Manager

Super Nintendo was THE video game system to own back in the early ’90s. Super Nintendo truly out-shined its competition in the genre of role-playing game or RPG. Classic titles like Final Fantasy II and III, Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana still leave a warm, fuzzy feeling in the hearts of gamers who grew up in the 90s. One of the most underrated RPG titles is Illusion of Gaia.

Illusion Of Gaia
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Ticket Tuesdays — Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 14 Oct by


Nightfall returns for another spooky October at Old Tucson Studios. Bury yourself in a totally terrifying town with outrageous live shows, disturbing haunts and a collection of hideous live characters. We find it hard to pass up a good scare and we don’t want you to miss out on the gruesome carnage either. As a loyal reader of, we are giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to catch all the ghouls and ghosts of Nightfall.

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Chewbacca at Bookmans

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 13 Oct by

Bookmans partnered with Disney Studios to bring Arizona Star Wars Reads Day. As part of our ongoing commitment to literacy, local chapters of the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion hosted a literacy support event at all three Tucson Bookmans Entertainment Exchange locations as well as Bookmans Phoenix. The fun began at Bookmans Speedway with a special Story Time led by the one and only Chewbacca.

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Bookmans Recommends: Supernatural

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 10 Oct by

What do Chevy Impalas, Carhartt jackets and demonic possessions have in common? They are all Supernatural. What began as a small budget show on an even smaller network successfully survived nine seasons, network declines and an apocalypse or two. I have been a fan of Supernatural since 2005 when the show was about two brothers criss-crossing the country helping people, hunting things and keeping together the family business; when the show centered around urban legends like the Woman in White and Bloody Mary; when Sam was psychic, had daddy issues and the yellow-eyed demon roamed free. Supernatural was more serious back then and the dialog was cheesy and repetitive (“Why don’t you talk about Dad, Dean?”) and it was scary and the storyline centered around American folklore. I cannot neglect to mention the good-looking cast and Dean’s Han Solo-like swagger. Of course my 16-year-old self was hooked. The show evolved to include crossroads demons, the apocalypse, stints in hell, multiple deaths and resurrections and lovable angles sporting trench coats. In spirit of all things spooky I dedicate this installment of Bookmans Recommends to my favorite hunters, The Winchesters and Supernatural.

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Vintage Gaming at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in Merchandise on 09 Oct by

Gamer Alert! Bookmans Speedway is purchasing fixable nonworking vintage game systems. If it’s old school but doesn’t work and can be repaired, Bookmans Speedway will give you trade credit for it. We are looking for any cartridge-based systems, including original NES (Ninetendo Entertainment Systems), SNES (Super Ninetendo Entertainment Systems), N64 (Ninetendo 64), Genesis, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Color and most hand held systems.

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No Sew T-Shirt Redesign Tutorial from Bookmans Grant

Posted in In Our Stores on 08 Oct by

Bookmans Grant begins free weekly classes for the community on a wide range of topics including health and wellness, arts and crafts, and life skills. The aim of these classes is to make information available to those who want it and to bring together people with similar interests. This week we try our hand at T-Shirt reconstruction. Here’s a peek at one of the techniques we will learn.

T-shirt Reconstruction
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Heavenly Halloween at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 07 Oct by

Hurrah! The heat is leaving and Halloween is upon us. Bookmans Speedway carries everything you need for Halloween happiness. Deck your halls and don your gay apparel with our party and costume supplies. We are your one stop shop, no cash needed. Bring in your used merchandise to get some Halloween trade.

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The Comic and Media Expo Comes to Mesa

Posted in Community Events, Merchandise on 06 Oct by

Iron the capes, stock up on utility belts and polish your golden lasso. The first annual Comic and Media Expo comes to Mesa October 17. The Comic Media Expo (CMX) is a convention for comic fans and anyone who is interested in other types of media including television shows, movies, animation and much more. CMX focuses on bringing new and upcoming talents to their events as well as the more popular established talents. In addition, the event will packed with special guests, panels, special events, cosplay contest, autograph sessions, an exhibit hall and Cosplay Alley. They are not here to overthrow, compete or replace other events in Arizona. They just want to be themselves and have a great time doing it.

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A Love Letter to Summers in Flagstaff

Posted in Community Events on 03 Oct by

With Fall’s arrival, the folks at Bookmans Flagstaff feel nostalgic for our little mountain oasis. Flagstaff has much to offer year-around but the summers here are in a league of their own. From hiking urban trails to creek days to outdoor festivals like our beloved Pickin’ In The Pines, Flagstaff summers are spent outside, soaking up rays and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Though we are excited for everything Fall has to offer — mittens, scarves and pumpkin flavored anything — we’re happy for warm days ahead of us and the continuation of outdoor activities. Before you begin your winter hibernation, take advantage of the warm weather and what summers in Flag are all about!


Photo credit Jaimie Harder

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Bookmans Recommends: Steel Magnolias on Blu Ray

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 02 Oct by

By Megan Maiden, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

As a child my best friend and greatest teacher, was, truly, cable television. With this magical box, I was transported to anywhere I wanted to be, which was especially useful during the cold Wisconsin winters. In 1989, I discovered one of my all-time favorite places to go — Truvy’s Beauty Spot in Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana. I had become obsessed with Steel Magnolias.

Steel Magnolias Make Meg Cry
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Star Wars Reads Strikes Back at Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 01 Oct by

Bookmans will once again feel the power of the Force and you can feel it too. Skulk into Star Wars Reads Day on October 11 at Bookmans Speedway, Bookmans Ina, Bookmans Grant and Bookmans Phoenix for intergalactic literary fun.

Star Wars Reads 2014
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Bookmans Sells Dead People

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 01 Oct by

Zombies, vampires and beat poets! Hob nob with glib and ghostly characters this October as Bookmans Sells Dead People. Whether you desire a juicy undead romance or prefer a first-rate biography of Abraham Lincoln, we have you covered. You might even happen upon a copy of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, the best of both worlds. 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 we host creepy events that celebrate the most eerie time of year. From a sophisticated Zombie Fair to a cheeky Monster High Masquerade, Bookmans teems with spooky fun. This October, engage in bone-chilling good times and great works of those who are no longer with us … or are they?

Sells Dead People 2014
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Ticket Tuesdays — Young Dubliners with The Haymarket Squares


The Rialto Theatre consistently ushers in the finest musicians on the planet and this week is no exception. Young Dubliners with The Haymarket Squares hit The Rialto stage at 8 p.m. this Thursday, October 2 and our friends at The Rialto provided readers a chance at a pair of passes. You do not want to miss this opportunity to hear Celtic rock’s hardest working band in conjunction with punkgrass for the people.

Young Dubliners
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