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Witty, Whimsical Oaxaca at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 23 Apr by

Bookmans Speedway has recently acquired a striking collection of Oaxacan Art. Oaxaca is the capitol and largest city in the Centro District in the Central Valleys region of Mexico where it sits in the foothills of the Sierra Madre at the base of the Cerro del Fortín. Oaxaca is famous for its fantastical and fanciful wooden figurines. The wildly colored, almost mythical animals are created by some of the most talented and skilled artisans in Mexico and are sought after collectors’ items. These carvings are called alebrijes and have become so popular that the Spanish Royal Academy included the term in its official dictionary.                                     

Oaxacan Art
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Ticket Tuesdays — UAPresents Bobby McFerrin

We have no worries that the winner of this Ticket Tuesday offering will be happy. We certainly are! Our friends at UAPresents offer two pairs of passes to see Bobby McFerrin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 to Centennial Hall.

Bobby McFerrin
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Ticket Tuesdays — First Time Film Club Presents Splash

This Ticket Tuesday we give you double the chances to win! First Time Film Club, a collaboration of Mesa’s National Comedy Theatre and Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is designed to bring pop-culture classics to people who have never seen them before. Watch Splash with us at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 or 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $8 and available at the NCT Phoenix website.

First Time Film Club Poster Splash
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Ticket Tuesdays — Venus in Fur

Spring is in full bloom! It’s lovely weather for a theatrical night on the town and we have the perfect suggestion. Venus in Fur is one of the sexiest, intelligent, most acclaimed new plays in recent Broadway history, which is why we want you to see it. This Ticket Tuesday, we offer tickets to see The Arizona Theatre Company’s production of Venus in Fur at the Herberger Theater in Downtown Phoenix.

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James and the Giant Zombie

James Gurley was ahead of the curve, a trend setter, Zombie Cool before the rest of us knew! Local author and Zombie King James Gurley shares his zombie knowledge in his novels Ice Station Zombie, Judgement Day, Judgement Day: Redemption and Judgement Day: Retribution. The current IT monsters of the day have never been as interesting as those in Gurley’s novels.

James Gurley
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Soul Searching with Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 18 Apr by

A night at the opera is a night well spent. As the din of sound and energy rushes from the stage, each member of the audience lends their ear to awe-inspiring sound. Perhaps for the gentleman in the front row, the pounding of the timpani drums are enticing to his senses but to the ladies in the back of the house the stringed instruments carry their melody and sound especially sweet.

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Angi Celebrates Her Bookmans Half-Life Anniversary

Posted in In Our Stores on 17 Apr by

Angi Christiansen is a staple at Bookmans Flagstaff. We are thrilled to celebrate ger Half-Life Anniversary! This half-life anniversary is the combination of Angi’s forty-eighth birthday and anniversary of twenty-four years with Bookmans. Bookmans Flagstaff would fall apart if we didn’t have Angi as our Administrative Assistant. She keeps our store running smoothly while exuding a spirit that encompasses all that is good about Bookmans. To mark this momentous occasion, Angi shares with us what it means to love where you work and spend half your life with Bookmans.

Angi Christiansen

Photographed by Gina Dazzo.

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DIY Biodegradable Flower Pot

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 16 Apr by

To celebrate Earth Month, Bookmans Grant offers recycled crafts in our store each week for you to bring home. Last week we made bird feeders. This week, we made a simple biodegradable flower pot. Hundreds of thousands of books are disposed of every day; talk about “pulp fiction”! Rather than toss a perfectly good book, why not turn it into something incredible and good for the earth? Book pages are ideal for papier-mâché projects and are also biodegradable. That’s why we decided to use them in our flower pot craft! For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are step-by-step instructions on how to make a biodegradable flower pot from home.

Flower Pot Materials

* Papier-Mâché Paste: 2/3 flour or glue, 1/3 water
* Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Rolls
* Strips of Book Pages, about 2″ thick
* Scissors
* Potting Soil
* Flower/Vegetable Seeds of Choice


Step 1:
Cut toilet paper rolls in half.

Flower Pot Step 1

Step 2:
Dip paper strips in the papier-mâché paste. Squeeze off any excess liquid.

Flower Pot Step 2

Step 3:
Vertically wrap a strip of paper across your toilet paper roll, covering the bottom. Add another strip vertically across your roll until the base is secure with no holes.

Flower Pot Step 3

Step 4:
Once you feel the base is secure, wrap more book strips horizontally around your toilet paper roll until the cardboard is covered and you are happy with the thickness. Set your flower pot aside to dry.

Flower Pot Step 4

Fill your pot halfway with potting soil, then add your seeds of choice. Top that off with more soil. Care for your seeds as instructed on the package. You may plant your flower pots in your garden or in a larger flower pot immediately or once your flowers start to blossom. These pots are biodegradable and will eventually become part of the soil.

Flower Pot Step 5

Crafting is better in good company. You can make this flower pot with us from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25 at Bookmans Grant. Also, we want to see your ideas for recycled crafts. Send us images of your recycled craft, step-by-step instructions, your name/age (optional) and tell us why your craft is good for the Earth. Entries will be accepted until April 19. readers will vote on their favorite recycled craft. Whoever gets the most votes will win an Earth Month gift basket from Bookmans Grant. Send all entries to

Ticket Tuesdays — Arizona Rollergirls Versus Tucson Roller Derby

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 16 Apr by

Bookmans invites you to join the Arizona Rollergirls as they battle the Tucson Roller Derby for the last pre-season mash up bout this Saturday, April 19. Enter to win two tickets for an Egg-cellent Easter Eve Night of Evil Doings at the Broadway Rec Center in Mesa. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. General admission tickets start at $10 and are available at all Bookmans locations.


Come see the greatest show on skates. Face Painting, 50/50 Raffle, Live Action Fights, Suicide Seating and Hot Derby Chicks wait your attendance. Papa John’s Pizza will sell $2 slices. Free parking and admission for EMTs with a valid picture ID.

To enter our Ticket Tuesday giveaway, you call it in our comment section. Who will take home bragging rights? The Arizona Rollergirls or The Tucson Roller Derby? We will select three winners using Winners will be notified by e-mail sometime on Wednesday or possibly even Thursday. Comments are moderated and may take some time to appear. Please do not resubmit your comments — one is plenty.

Happy Hoppin’ at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in In Our Stores on 15 Apr by

Bookmans Speedway loves to celebrate! There is a perfect reason to rejoice right around the corner — Egg-cellent Easter is on the way! Make this holiday memorable for your little hoppers, by taking an egg-cursion to Bookmans Speedway. We will throw our own party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, complete with an egg hunt, story time and an egg-straordinary Craft. We will help you set up your own hoppy day!
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Celebrate Earth Day with a Fun Activity

Posted in Core Values, Uncategorized on 14 Apr by

April is here, which means it’s Earth Month and the perfect time to reflect with your kids on our amazing planet. The earth has provided us shelter, food, air and a place to exist for millions of years. What is the best way to celebrate our planet? With a fun activity! This tutorial will help you make mini planet earths with just a few household items.

Earth Craft Final
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Living Green with Bookmans

Posted in Core Values, Merchandise on 11 Apr by

With Earth Day around the corner, April is a great time to reflect how to live a greener life. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and maybe inspire others to do the same. We strive to live consciously and take into consideration how we affect our planet as a company and as humans. With so many ways to reduce our impact on earth, the most difficult part is finding a place to start.

Living Green Books
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Speedway Bands of Bookmans

Posted in Musical Notes, News on 11 Apr by

Bookmans people rock! We (well, some of us) really, actually rock. Bookmans Speedway’s staff is full of talented and musicians, each with either their own bands or solo projects.

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Novel Treasures at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in Merchandise on 10 Apr by

Rare books are in demand at every Bookmans location and right now Bookmans Speedway has a treasure trove of rare gems to choose from. If you are a bibliophile looking for mind manna or an avid reader who happens upon a new favorite author, we can locate that literature. Add works to your collection like The Pirates of Oz* by Ruth Plumly Thompson. This pirate story was published in 1931 and has illustrations from JNO. R. Neill. Based on the grand tale of The Wizard of Oz, readers follow the buccaneers and the Gnome King who tries to wrest the kingdom from Ozma the happiest, loveliest region of Fairyland. Cruise the Nonestic Ocean and meet Roger the Read Bird, Pigasas the Flying Pig and Clocker the Wise Man. What makes this find so special is its rare condition and excellent form and a bargain at $50. This is only one title in our extensive collection.

Speedway Rare Books

Speedway Rare Books

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Reel Fun at Phoenix Film Festival

Posted in Community Events, Reel Chat on 09 Apr by

This year we are proud to continue our sponsorship of the Phoenix Film Festival. For one week each April, thousands of movie lovers descend upon the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Cine Capri to celebrate independent cinema. While we enjoy all the movies available to watch, what we really love are the workshops and educational programs provided for aspiring filmmakers, especially those for children. During Kids Day children selected projects from a series of hands-on activity stations focusing on different aspects of film production and geared to various age and ability levels. Stations were age-appropriate and ran the full gamut of the film-making process. Later in the evening was Teen Night. This year the selected screenings were Clueless and Perks of Being a Wallflower. We gave away Bookmans swag.

Phoenix Film Festival 2014
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DIY Recycled Bird Feeder and More at Bookmans Grant

Bookmans Grant kicked off our Earth Month recycled crafts series by making bird feeders. This craft is affordable, recyclable, simple and fun for all ages. We don’t want you to miss out on this bird-friendly fun, so we’re providing you instructions on how to make this craft from home.

Birdfeeder Materials

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Meet Fairy Doors and Dinosaurs

Posted in In Our Stores on 07 Apr by

Local art collective, Fairy Doors and Dinosaurs is a new business in the Valley of the Sun. We had the pleasure of working with them over the past few weeks at Bookmans Phoenix events. Co-owners Cory Lee and Jessica Evans are a power-packed duo. Jessica is the mastermind behind the artistic direction and Cory is the community networking mover and shaker.

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Hello Kitty Kitty Kitty

Posted in Merchandise on 04 Apr by

Bookmans Speedway is crazy for Kitty — Hello Kitty! We recently picked up a selection of super cute, sparkly and PINK Hello Kitty merchandise. For the girly girl in all of us, indulge in an array of rhinestone barrettes, sweet kitty face earrings, kitty profile pins and Kitty necklaces featuring our favorite feline engaged in her favorite activities. Kitty skates, paints, wears her tutu, shops and plays guitar. She is Grunge Kitty, Rainbow Kitty, star, cupid, fairy, flower and (my favorite) Bunny Kitty!

Hello Kitty Accessories

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Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Posted in Bookie Blog on 03 Apr by

Review by Darcy Short

It’s nice when a novel lives up to the hype surrounding it. The Goldfinch does just that. It has been placed on numerous best-of-the-year lists and for good reason. The book follows the life of Theodore Decker, a New York boy whose life is pushed into an unusual trajectory after his mother is killed when a bomb is set off in an art museum. In the confusion surrounding the explosion, a concussed Theo makes off with a beautiful painting of a goldfinch done by an obscure Dutch master.

The Goldfinch A Novel
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Barista Janessa’s 4 Faves

Posted in In Our Stores on 02 Apr by

Bookmans employees have a lot of opinions, mostly about entertainment. Being surrounded by books, music and movies day in and day out are bound to make you choose quality favorites. Janessa, a baristas in the Bookmans Flagstaff Cafe, has terrific taste in entertainment. I’m not just saying that because she makes delicious drinks filled with enough caffeine to make my sloth-like mornings more productive. I asked Janessa for her picks for music, movies, television and books.


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