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Banned Book Club: American Psycho

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 30 Mar by

No book has caused more controversy since its publication than American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. If you’ve seen the movie, your insides have surely coiled in revolt from Patrick Bateman’s violent and outlandish murders; and the book is only worse. So extreme were a few of the scenes in the book, they don’t even appear in the movie itself! Before the release date in 1991 employees of Simon and Schuster, the publishing company who backed the book, leaked a few of the more graphic passages to the press. They were immensely unhappy with Ellis and his novel. They didn’t want it to be published. The public outcry was so extreme the publishing company ultimately backed out of the deal and the 250,000 advance they’d given Ellis. This was their loss as Vintage, a sect of Random House publishing picked the book up and ran with it.

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Buy, Sell, Trade Movies with Bookmans

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 27 Mar by

Everyone has their thing. Maybe you get lost in a book, strum away on a guitar or play video games for countless hours. These are all Bookmans approved ways to kill time. The one thing that every family, friend and proud loner can talk about for hours is cinema. Everyone has seen E.T.. If not that movie, then you’ve surely seen others like Titanic, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or Gone with the Wind.

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Jackpot Thursday — Phoenix Film Festival

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 26 Mar by

**CONTEST CLOSED** The Phoenix Film Foundation presents the 15th Annual Phoenix Film Festival! The festival starts today, March 26, and runs through April 2, 2015. The PFF has been named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine and tops the Bookmans list of favorites. The event was started in 2000 by independent filmmakers as an opportunity to showcase independent film making and it quickly became Arizona’s Largest Film Festival. Today, we give away two festival passes PLUS two tickets to the opening night festivities.

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Tutorial)

“Do you want to build a snowman?” The answer is always a resounding, YES! Desert dwellers know that springtime has arrived and the increasing temperatures are a harbinger of the summer heat to come. Never fear because Bookmans Grant knows a way make it feel like winter all year round. Using a few simple ingredients they show us how in this fluffy snowman tutorial.

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Ticket Tuesdays — In the Mood

**CONTEST CLOSED**Travel to the days of zoot suits, wing tips and killer swing dance skills! The music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman is coming to town. Don’t miss your chance to get in on some classic String of Pearls and I Found A New Baby swing. This Ticket Tuesday, we give away passes for In the Mood at Mesa Arts Center.

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We’ve Got Books and So Could You

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 23 Mar by

Bookmans peeps are known to go gaga for a book or two, after all books are how we got our start. Before founder Bob Oldfather developed the stores to become the mother ship of all things entertainment, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange was just Bookmans, but with an apostrophe and an inventory exclusively made up of books. Books are our first love. Who can resist that slight vanilla smell of an old book? Seriously, have they started bottling that stuff yet? (Yes.) To this day, Bookmans dedicates the largest portion of our sales floor to books. All used. All affordable. And all smelling good and waiting for you to crack that spine for escape.


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Historical Heroines In Life and Books

Posted in Merchandise on 20 Mar by

“Well-behaved women seldom make history,” said author and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in 1976. The sentiment has since taken hold and is well used today. March is Women’s History month, and, boy, is there a lot to learn about historical heroines in life and books.

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Dos and Don’ts of Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 19 Mar by

Taking a cue from the fashion mags on our shelves, Bookmans Speedway generated a Dos and Don’ts of Bookmans list. The most important Dos are to express yourself, have fun and love what you love. Getting past the cumbayah crap, let’s look at the other side of the list too! In the spirit of self expression…

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Bookmans Flagstaff Local Artist Showcase

Posted in In Our Stores on 18 Mar by

There is nothing like the art community in Flagstaff. Rich with culture and variety, you can see works from local artists in almost every local business. From paintings to photography to the vast ceramics and sculpture community, our humble mountain town offers opportunity to the established and budding artist alike. Bookmans Flagstaff Cafe provides a venue where local artists display work and gain some recognition. Additionally, as part of our celebration of Arts and Crafts, we cleared a space on our store floor and asked four local artists to display their work as part of our Bookmans Flagstaff Local Artist Showcase. Each week we highlight a new artist. We are pleased to introduce these talented artists to the Bookmans blog readers.

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Ticket Tuesdays — Tweedy at The Rialto Theatre

This contest has ended but tickets are still available. Ticket information included at end of post.

On tour, Tweedy performs songs from their album Sukierae (the nickname of Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother Sue Miller), which is comprised of 20 tracks reflecting life’s ups and downs and certain to tug at some heart strings. Tucsonans can catch them in concert as The Rialto Theatre presents Tweedy with The Minus 5 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. This Ticket Tuesday, the generous people at The Rialto provided us with a pair of passes to give to one of you!

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Audio Books Provide Welcome Distraction

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 12 Mar by

“Let me tell you a story.” Humans have always been drawn to great tales. Since the days of gathering around the campfire to gathering around the family radio, story telling has been a favorite past-time. There is something intimate and endlessly enjoyable about listening to stories. In the golden days of radio, actors created spectacular performances with words and sound. The same is still true today with the world of audio books. Beware, it starts as a way to fill the morning commute, but the next thing you know, you find yourself sitting in your car in the driveway, unable to leave the story.

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A Brief Steampunk Primer

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values, Merchandise on 11 Mar by

Tucson recently held its annual Steampunk Convention and we are happy the genre has taken hold. Employees at Bookmans Speedway are especially big fans of steampunk. It folds nicely into all the things we hold dear, promote and geek out over. Steampunk ideals incorporate re-purposing, creativity, individualism, anti-censorship, fantasy, science fiction, film and books, books, books! Let’s have a look at how the steampunk pony rode into our one horse town in this brief steampunk primer.

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Decoupage Comic Book Letters

Posted in Bookie Blog, Uncategorized on 10 Mar by

Is your home boring? Does your office lack luster? Do you ever think, “I sure wish my life was like a comic book,” or “This day would be so much cooler if I was surrounded by onomatopoeia”? We have the news of the century for you (hyperbole, which is almost as fun as onomatopoeia)! To celebrate arts and crafts month we share one of our favorite craft projects in today’s blog post, Decoupage Comic Book Letters. With a few cheap supplies, you can easily add more pizazz to your life by decorating your walls with super heroes and villains.

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Mrs. Green’s World Makes Tucson Festival of Books Appearance

Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)… You’d Better Call Her Back! carries Gina Murphy-Darling’s passionate message of respect for Mother Earth. Mrs. Green’s World, including Murphy-Darling herself, joins Bookmans from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Tucson Festival of Books booth #328.

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10 Ways to Reuse Old Books

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 06 Mar by

Bookworms have shelves upon shelves of books we love and cherish, books that are like extensions of the family. But what happens to the books that lived their life to the fullest? The spines are cracked, the pages torn or falling out and the information or stories are so dated they are no longer relevant. Rather than recycling or throwing away these treasures, let them live a little longer. By turning old books into art you not only save the planet a bit of indignity, you renew the life of the words and ink that you’ve loved for years. As March is Arts and Crafts month at Bookmans, we made a list of ten ways to reuse old books.

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Spotlight On Sound at Bookmans Mesa

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 05 Mar by

What first comes to mind when you think of the Mesa/Tempe area? Tempe Town Lake? Are we a university town or known for our art fairs? Did live music pop into your head? Well, it should! Tempe has a long history as a musical hub, going all the way back to early Victorian times and through the era of Rock-n-Roll. To honor that history, Bookmans Mesa started a new monthly musical event series we call “Spotlight On Sound”. Ranging from Rockabilly to Indie to R and B to Acoustic, every month we showcase incredible talent from around the East Valley.

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Book Review: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Posted in Bookie Blog on 04 Mar by

A spiritual journey is assumed to be large undertaking, possibly involving a shaved head and extended periods of silent meditation. In his 1982 book The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff explains to the contrary that a spiritual path can be traveled even in our most mundane daily activities. If you seek a way to change your outlook, this book is great place to start. It is also an organic meeting of Eastern and Western philosophies, perfect for someone hoping to understand the foundations of both.

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Ticket Tuesdays — Arizona Renaissance Festival

**CONTEST CLOSED**Hear ye, hear ye, gallant knights and fair maidens! Pirates and peasants converge on the magical anachronism of Arizona Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. Full of whimsical and delightful surprises, it’s an experience that can’t be matched in this century. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theatre, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts faire, a jousting tournament and a feast all rolled into one non-stop, day-long, family adventure. The festival is one of the most interactive entertainment shows ever created with wonderful amusements and antics. Enjoy non-stop entertainment including comedy, music and dancing. Sit back and relax or become a part of the action as you are surrounded by over 2,000 costumed characters roaming the festival village. This Ticket Tuesday, we give away passes for the amazing Arizona Renaissance Festival.

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Arts and Crafts Open the Imagination

Posted in In Our Stores on 02 Mar by

Spring in Arizona is perfect for getting out of the house to find artistic inspiration! Awaken your budding artist with Bookmans this March. Each store hosts crafty events and creative activities, sure to enliven your springtime. From local artist fairs to fairytale Cinderella celebrations, our event calendar has arts and crafts to open the imaginations of everyone.

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Seeking Focus Group Participants

Posted in Uncategorized on 28 Feb by

We want to hear from you. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange seeks customers for a focus group about our stores. You love Bookmans, or maybe you don’t. Time to tell us why. Please complete the form below to apply for our Focus Group. Participants will be compensated for your time with trade credit. The location and time for the focus group has yet to be determined.

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