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Love of Reading: Home to Harlem | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 27 Feb by


February is Love of Reading Month and Black History Month, so naturally, with two more days we are celebrating the great American writers of the Harlem Renaissance. These poets and authors revolutionized literature and paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Beginning in the 1920s, The Harlem Renaissance was an era of expression and voicing of African-American cultural experiences. Writers, artists and performers spanned the Northeast and Midwest United States – expanding even to Paris, France. At the heart of the movement was New York’s own Harlem. We’re highlighting just a few of the brilliant writers who made American literature a world-class artform.

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

Posted in News on 24 Feb by


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.

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Grind Your Gears at Bookmans! Find all things Cars at Your Fave Bookstore

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 23 Feb by


When you think of Bookmans you think of…Cars!! Yeah!! Cars. Not just cars though, anything that moves, runs, can work on those vehicles or can be made from parts from said vehicles. We have parts and manuals, tools and photo essays. We even have tiny little cars, motorcycles, tractors and kits that you put together to make your own model cars, ships, bikes and planes. Do you have a transportation enthusiast in your life or, maybe, you ARE an enthusiast? Check out our Transportation section for all kinds of motorized wonders, and read on to get a better idea!

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Zombi Review

Posted in Uncategorized on 22 Feb by


You know, I’ve talked about punk rock for most of my blog posts. I can’t help it. It’s my passion. It’s something that drives me to wake up in the morning. It’s strange to think a genre of music could completely engulf someone’s entire essence in a single drum fill or angular guitar chord. Sometimes I do get a little burnt out on my passion. I’ve had to switch it up occasionally just so I don’t become pigeon holed into one of those mindless drones that plague any sort of musical subculture. So I’m going to talk about one of my passions, my love for synth-driven music.

There are a few groups that come to mind when it comes to synth music. A few groups come to mind instantly, but I’m not going to talk about Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, or New Order. About a year ago, I was delving into the depths of the internet. Something I do from time to time, especially when it comes to finding something new and riveting in the musical realm. I stumbled onto this group, Zombi, which is promptly named after the Italian release of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

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Food, Shows & Crafts, Oh My! Arizona Renaissance Festival | Bookmans Recommends

Posted in Community Events on 21 Feb by


The Arizona Renaissance Festival is one of my annual “must go” local events. I’ve been going to the Renaissance Festival since I was in high school and it was the first geeky event I ever attended, long before I started going to Phoenix Comicon. The Renaissance Festival is also accredited with sparking my interest in cosplay. I made my first costume, a purple cloak out of crushed velvet, for the Renaissance Festival nearly ten years ago. Years later I eventually went all out and made a full on Elizabethan gown which ended up being a hit at the festival. Bookmans is very happy to partner with them again this year.

While there are tons of things to look forward to at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, here are a few things I particularly love to experience every time I go:

The food.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is most known for its smoked turkey legs and copious amounts of beer, however my particular favorites are the Steak on a Stick (a thick piece of tender steak on a stick), dessert crepes and funnel cakes, and the numerous variety of pastries at the Cottage Bakery which is conveniently located right at the entrance of the festival.

This year I stopped by the Cottage Bakery for a delicious sticky bun for breakfast, along with some coffee from the Cappuccino Inn (always nice to have on a cool, cloudy and potentially rainy day). Later in the afternoon, I munched on some fish and chips from the Queen’s Kitchen. I also make it a point every year to chase down the pickle guy who always has a bucket of crunchy, ice cold pickles which are especially refreshing after a beer, although this year it was a pickle lady.

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Wandering Through the Wellness Wilderness | Bookmans


We feel like it’s that time of year (STILL) that people are on a roll with thinking about health and wellness, trying out new fitness and diets. We assume that in a few more months we’ll all have moved into the routine phase and less into the research, but if you’re still there (go you!) then let’s have a look at some awesome wellness reads as we wander through the wellness wilderness together. #handinhand

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Midtown Opens at 3330 E Speedway; Grant Closes | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 17 Feb by


The day has come that we have said our final farewell to our tried and true Bookmans Grant on the corner of Campbell and Grant. Moving into this weekend, Bookmans Midtown opens its doors at 9am on February 18th and we are beyond excited. It’s new, fresh (clean), fun, and an awesome Bookmans if we’ve ever seen one!

Bookmans Grant is officially closed as of February 17th, with the new Midtown doors opening bright and early at 9am. Midtown will have the usual bookie hours, from 9am – 10pm for all your literary loving needs.

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“Finally! The reincarnation of Bookmans Grant is nearly done at its new location at Bookmans Midtown 3330 E. Speedway Blvd after 35 years at the corner of Campbell and Grant. The road widening has prompted us to move to a better location and we are ecstatic” says Bob Bookman when he graced us with his quirkiness and blue beard last week.

As always, the new location will be home to Bookmans beloved events (read: free) and trade philosophy.  While we want you to come hang out with us all day, we do ask that you pardon our dust as we continue the process. Some inventory is still making it’s way onto shelves and we hope that you’ll be patient as we decide where it all goes and pull it from the cardboard for you.

“We are better because of the support that Tucson gives us. You should come by and check out the newest version of your Bookmans. Tucson gave us our start and we are thrilled to be doubling down on being Tucson’s community bookstore.” said Bob just before he took a farewell picture, put it on snapchat and peaced out. ✌️

The entire Bookmans team is feeling the burn, as we have all been diligently unpacking to make the new Midtown location at Speedway and Country Club a success. The Grant Road widening project was an inevitable challenge for the previous store, one that had been a local favorite for years (35!), but Bookmans is excited to bring Tucson a fresh take with Midtown conveniently located near UA’s bike path. Now there’s no excuses as to why you can’t come in. Gotcha.

We want to thank Tucson, our visitors, our fans, our customers and our friends and family for sticking with us through the process. From start to finish we’ve been eager and excited and truly couldn’t have made it though without the support of our community. From our shelves to your hearts, we thank you!

A Netflix Original Series (of Unfortunate Events) | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Uncategorized on 16 Feb by


A Series of Unfortunate Events, the classic series of children’s books, written by Daniel Handler (under the pseudonym “Lemony Snicket), is finally making it’s way back onto our TV screens. After Jim Carrey’s box office outing with the series received mixed reviews it was regarded as unlikely that the protagonist Baudelaire children would be making a return to the silver screen. Now, thirteen years later, hopes are high once more as the Baudelaires have made their cinematic return. This time not on the silver screen, but as a Netflix original series.

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Love of Quirky Lit | Bookmans Love of Reading Month

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values, In Our Stores on 15 Feb by


What better way to show your affection this month than with…Books?!! Bookmans has combined Valentines Day with our love of literacy to create Love of Reading month. This February we are highlighting what we do best, focusing on our roots. Our quirkiness and unique collections make us a huge Cabinet of Curiosities; you never know what treasures you will find. In every corner, each nook and cranny is another wonderfully weird title and that is half the fun. It’s a giant pirate chest that holds precious gems, priceless volumes of wisdom and wit. We get so excited about all the fantastic finds that we decided to set up an extra section just for our most unusual, extra interesting finds. Check out our Cool, Interesting, Unique and Just Plain Weird Display for that special title featuring topics that you never knew were in print. Here is a little teaser to give you an idea what kinds of subjects you can find here at Bookmans Cabinet of Curiosities.

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Valentine’s Day Protest with Break-up Movies | Bookmans

Posted in Merchandise on 14 Feb by


Mad Men’s Don Draper once uttered these words: “What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.”  This is Valentine’s Day in a nutshell.  Just another way for chocolate factories and card companies to line their wallets.  You know this, I know this, we all know this. So this year lets do something about it!

On February 14th, instead of playing along with the sham, l’ve decided to spend my Valentine’s Day in protest. What’s my master plan, you ask? A Break-Up Movie Marathon. Back-to-back films that feature dysfunctional relationships and “unhappily-ever-after” endings. That’ll show ‘em!

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Most of us have been through a pretty tough break up. Very few of us have decided to undergo a medical procedure with the intention of completely eradicating our ex from our memories. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in this Dramedy that deals with the inevitability of heartbreak. Perfect to kick-off our protest. Read More…

5 Reasons We’re Stoked For the Move | New Bookmans Midtown

Posted in In Our Stores on 13 Feb by


It’s no secret our Entertainment Exchange on Grant and Campbell is relocating to our former Sports Exchange at Speedway and Country Club, now known as Bookmans Midtown. As we begin the process of packing up our back room we sat down as a crew and talked about the excitement we all felt about moving. It’s definitely a bittersweet moment. Some of us, like myself, have literally grown up in this very store. Starting first in the kids room and moving beyond, we found ourselves among the same orange shelves we’re about to pack up and haul a street south. Aside from these feelings of nostalgia we’re actually really pumped to relocate. There are many different reasons such as easier access by bike, closer to the University and better food options, but the following five were unanimous among us all.

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Love of Reading: Ladies of Literature | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 10 Feb by


February is Love of Reading Month and we’re counting down our top five heroines in literature. These loveable yet powerful characters play an important role in challenging the minds of countless readers and that is in itself is a timeless story. Not only do these characters represent life, love and coming of age, they show the world through the eyes of a young lady. How is it possible to so accurately capture the essence and adventure of growing up as a girl? These protagonists are written by some of the most ground-breaking authors of all time, who are also women.

A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel, adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson.
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Love Of Reading: My Bromance with Andre Norton’s “Outside” | Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 09 Feb by


February may be our Love of Reading month but face it who doesn’t love books ALL the time? Everything from the cover art, to the feel of holding the book in your hands, to turning that page. Nothing truly compares to (or has that smell), quite like a book. This is the true story of a sometimes book collector.

Hi, My name is Todd and I am a nostalgic reader…

I was recently reminded of how much I actually do enjoy a good book. I don’t consider myself a “Bookie” by any means. But I do love nostalgia. As an adult, I lean toward collecting those forgotten or hidden gems I had found as a youngster. Everytime I re-read one of these text ridden treasures, I am instantly taken back to the time and place of where I originally read it and that excitement floods through me all over again.

Recently, one of our long time customers brought in a large amount of books for trade. Some newer, some vintage. A great collection that had just a little bit of every genre in it. As we were going through the piles of books, from the middle of one of the piles, I pull out a light blue hardcover book and noticed the name Andre Norton. My heart jumped. There it was! My absolute favorite book as a child. I couldn’t believe it. A story I had read over and over again.  A tale originally my third grade English/Science teacher made us read. It was a tale set in the future, yet seemed in the present. It touched on a very real reality that was as scary and even worse now. The subject of  Pollution.

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Bookmans Has Everything You Need for a Valentine’s Day for 1

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Feb by


Not down with all this mushy gushy lovey dovey Valentine’s Day stuff? Fine. We support all forms of holiday celebration including not celebrating at all. It can be a pain in the tookus for those of us without a special someone to spend it with to find the motivation to not get on social media and watch our High School companions get engaged. Luckily, Bookmans doesn’t believe in guilty pleasures (we’re proud of what we like!) and we have everything you need to have an awesome day on your own..so read on and be inspired to #bealone. (Sidenote: we thank our former Content Coordinator Rebecca for contributing some of this content. Kisses.)

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Ticket Tuesday Giveaway – Arizona Renaissance Festival

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 07 Feb by


**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 in effect now through April 2nd, 2017. 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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Beatles at Bookmans: Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 06 Feb by


Here comes Valentine’s Day. It’s right around the corner and we are fairly sure that you are already thinking of your special someone that you’d like to make feel exactly that way with an amazing and unique gift. It’s a safe bet that a whole lot of folks, of all ages and tastes, love the Beatles. The impact that the Fab Four have had on music and culture is incalculable. Bookmans East always has some of the coolest and greatest things, from those hot hot hot novels to the rad collectors items that you can’t wait to get your paws on like Beatles memorabilia. (Of course we always suggest the phone call to ensure someone hasn’t snatched it up already…info here) 😉

This is the real deal, prints, promos, magazines and pretty much every thing you can think of that can be made into Beatles merchandise. The best part is it’s original, straight from the era in which it was originally created and released. I bet that you think you know the scope of Beatles merchandise. Trust us you have never seen a collection like this. It took us two days to even go through it and it took the collector literally a lifetime to amass. Lucky us – and lucky you – our customers are loyal, so it was brought to us at seriously reduced prices. These are items that can be extremely difficult to locate, let alone priced reasonably so that folks like you and I can purchase them. But wait…there’s more! All of this merchandise, like everything Bookmans carries can be purchased with our famous Trade Credit. So put away that credit card, gather some good condition items and sell them to us so that you can buy that one of a kind, never to be topped, best ever present for the Beatles lovers in your life. So, what exactly do we have? There really is too much to list everything so lets touch on the most unique items in our current collection perfect for that Valentine’s Day gift you have been searching for. P.S. there are still 8 days to shop! Go go gadget go!

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The 3 Things You Need for a Successful RPG | Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 03 Feb by


For someone unfamiliar with the world of pen-and-paper RPGs the multitude of books and supplemental materials available can be daunting. This overwhelming feeling is what I believe keeps many people from ever trying to play an RPG. The truth is that you really need just a few things to get started with a game, so I’ve put together this super quick guide on the essentials needed to get you started.

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Graphic Novels We’re Fiending For | Bookmans Review

Posted in Bookie Blog on 02 Feb by


In a world of super hero stardom and graphic novels the Marvel and DC worlds have taken over. Ya’ll are gettin’ your fix if you love action-packed cape or tight suit-wearing villains or heroes. For the rest of us, however, there’s a whole world of graphic novel reading that doesn’t revolve around the same 8 super heroes in outlandish scenarios. *We’re only hating a little bit, to each their own!* As a collective, the employees here at Bookmans Midtown have been geeking out over Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Fionna Staples for months now and we were definitely behind the game. Now, after our little minds have been blown, we’ve decided to branch out and open the door to a world of illustrated wonder. We recommend these series to you as beautifully crafted visual tales of adventure and suspense; sure, there may be a cape here or there, but nothing as obscene as the Marvel/DC realm. *cough*

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Winner Wednesday Giveaway – Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Tour | Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 01 Feb by


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Calling all those with musical inclinations! Ariana Grande is coming to Phoenix with her Dangerous Woman Tour and it’s not to be missed. Ariana Grande has accomplished great musical feats in her 23 years. As (literally) one of the strongest voices of her generation, she has become a leading lady of song. Experience her incredible talent at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:30 p.m. From her pop debut, “Yours Truly” to her hit single, “The Way,” you will be singing along all night. Tickets start at $45, but not to worry. This Winner Wednesday we give away two tickets for a night on the town with Ariana Grande.

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Go On a Blind Date with a Book | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 31 Jan by


Hello lovers of literature wherever you are. We celebrate our shared love of reading every February. From the non-fic addict and the sci-fi fiend to the contemporary romancer in all of us, if you consume words like half-priced froyo then the second month of the calendar year is your time to shine. What better way to get your bookish booty shaking than by participating in a blind date or two – with a book. This month several Bookmans locations ask customers to take a chance on love with our Blind Date With A Book displays. Our Blind Date Books produce lovey dovey reading eyes galore. Don’t believe us? Just read these three totally true love stories that took place at our Blind Date With a Book display at Bookmans Flagstaff.

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