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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 and Bookmans Phoenix for intergalactic literary fun.

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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?

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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 Bookmans.com 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.

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Television Moments Await at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in Merchandise on 29 Sep by


Do you remember who shot J.R.? Maybe that was before your time. How about when Walt stood in the road in front of the motor home in his skivvies? Everyone still talks about the big stunners of the Red Wedding and Andrea’s fateful torture chamber experience. Iconic or ironic these television moments hold us in thrall, on the edge of our seats and provide lots of water cooler material. Now is the time to get caught up on any episodes you missed or relive those moments before new ones come out. Bookmans Speedway acquires new television series faster than you might think. We have a full, very full, television section with all your favorite shows. How about some Californication with David Duchovny, In Treatment with Gabriel Byrne, Scandal, Blue Bloods, Big Bang Theory, Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, The Mindy Project or True Blood? We also have all the best in animated TV like The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.

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Vintage Tools Provide Form and Function at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in Merchandise on 26 Sep by


Bookmans Speedway now carries an exciting new product line — vintage tools. When we look at these hand-crafted items for hand crafting, it is difficult to decide if they are for function or art. Who are we kidding? They are for both!

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Top Five Dumbest Attempts to Ban a Book

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 25 Sep by


Now we know what you’re thinking and you are correct — all book banning is dumb. Bookmans is on it, fighting for your freedom to read ‘em. We remain the pro free speech advocate and all around rebel that you know and love. The reasons people give for challenging books sound like a broken record to us. This one is pornographic; that one celebrates witchcraft; the other encourages civil disobedience. All too often a novel is banned without much reasoning at all. Sometimes it’s a case of how the book is interpreted or who wrote it. Every year The American Library Association publishes a list of the 100 Most Banned Books from the past year. Some books or authors are list veterans. Acclaimed author Judy Blume has five novels that have cracked the countdown. Best Sellers like The Hunger Games or Harry Potter have also made the list. As we welcome back Banned Books Week, what better way to bring attention to the absurd practice of book banning than to highlight those egregious cases when a novel was removed from shelves for reasoning that is so far-fetched, so misguided reasons that will just leave you screaming, “Did you even read the book?” Ladies and gentlemen we give you the top five dumbest attempts to ban a book.

Bookmans Flagstaff Banned Books Display

Webster’s Dictionary
Yup, you read correctly. The dictionary made the banned books list. Schools in California removed The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, 10th Edition after parents took notice that a certain sexual act was defined in the volume. It was also under scrutiny in Anchorage, Alaska for including what they called “slang words” such as “balls”, “knockers” and “bed” in 1987.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Frank Baum
This classic is a veteran banned book. It was banned in 1957 from a public library in Detroit for having “no value to children today” and “bringing children’s minds to a cowardly level.” The challenges to this great work go on and on. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was called “theologically impossible” for its depiction of good witches — not that witches don’t exist but that witches who claim to be good are in no way possible. Some say it promotes socialism or Marxism and encourages a negative attitude. Our personal favorite is the charge that the book is ungodly for depicting women in strong leadership roles. Sorry Dorothy, get back to the kitchen.

Shel Silverstein … in general
This beloved children’s book author makes frequent appearances on the banned books list. These appearances seem to have little to do with any one of his books and more to do with the fact that Silverstein at one point drew cartoons for Playboy Magazine. The light in The Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving tree have been challenged for various ridiculous reasons. The Light in The Attic is accused of encouraging children to break dishes instead of drying them. Where The Sidewalk Ends includes the poem dreadful, which just might cause cannibalism among its readers. Can we please put a smidgen of faith in our children to know the difference between lunch and another person? Much of the controversy surrounding The Giving Tree is a case of interpretation. Some claim it is a story of a selfish little boy and an unhealthy one-sided relationship, others feel it criminalizes the forest industry and some believe the book is sexist. Heaven forbid you interpret the story yourself!

Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
Oh bother, we’ve gone and banned Pooh. The much loved telling of everyone’s favorite teddy bear has been banned and/or challenged multiple times. In the United Kingdom, Winnie the Pooh along with other stories like Charlotte’s Web was banned because the books might offend Muslim students due to characters such as Wilbur and Piglet. The Muslim Counsel of Britain called the banning “well-intentioned but misguided” and asked that the books be placed back on the shelves of schools. Winnie the Pooh has been removed from shelves because talking animals are an offense to God and place animals on the same level as humans. Well, joke’s on you! Winnie the Pooh is a stuffed animal.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You see? was accused of promoting Marxism after the popular children’s book was removed from third grade curriculum in Texas because board members confused the author Bill Martin, Jr. for Bill Martin, writer of Ethical Marxism, an embarrassing situation once the truth was brought to the attention of board members. And if it were the same person? Have we gone as far as to deem all books inappropriate by an author if we disagree with just one of the books?

We’ve had our fun with this post, but censorship is a serious issue for us. We take a hard stance on censorship. We definitely do not endorse or appreciate some of the speech covered by our First Amendment rights, but we would never interfere with the right people have to say or consume whatever ideas they wish. In fact, we actively fight for this right. As Blume says, “Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. We wont have as much censorship because we wont have as much fear.” We agree.

Happy Banned Books Week everyone!

Collectable Comics at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in Merchandise on 24 Sep by


We all know Bookmans is the place to find treasures. In every corner of the store a geeking out moment awaits you. One of the best places to find that treasure is in our Collectable Comics section. You never know what might fly in to rescue your doldrums — like the amazing first and second issues of the 1985 mini series Rocket Raccoon! The very same Rocket Racoon of Guardians of the Galaxy fame. Previously unknown, Rocket Raccoon is one of the most popular characters of Guardians of the Galaxy, which provided Marvel Comics with their most successful movie to date.

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Help Wanted: Bookmans Flagstaff Café Staff

Posted in Job Postings on 23 Sep by


We’re looking for someone for the Bookmans Flagstaff Café and think it might be you. This person will lead and promote a customer-friendly café atmosphere by providing exceptional customer service experience while sharing with our customers a passion for world-class beverages.

Apply online now or read further for more details.

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Ticket Tuesdays — Buckwheat Zydeco with Carnivaleros and Easy Star All-Stars


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Across the whole state of Arizona, The Rialto Theatre has to be one of our favorite venues for live music. They book a solid schedule of interesting, electric performers and they are always willing to spread the joy. This week, Buckwheat Zydeco with Carnivaleros and Easy Star All-Stars take The Rialto stage to invigorate our pueblo. The Rialto provided us with a pair of passes so that one of you can catch this performance at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25.

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The Law of Attraction Is Strong at Bookmans Mesa

Posted in Merchandise on 22 Sep by


By Megan Maiden, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

For Bookmans Mesa there is no task or department that is too small. Every opportunity we can take to sell awesome stuff and make our customers reminisce or giggle is taken very seriously. Enter: The Magnet Department. Every few months boxes upon boxes of wiggly creations get delivered to our store and every Saturday morning they are faithfully stocked by our cashiers. We take great pride in our cashiers who are sure to thank each and every customer for their support of the magnet department. Have you seen our incredible magnets? We have a 3D octopus for your refrigerator! We will indulge your love of desert wildlife by selling you this slightly repulsive yet charming scorpion magnet! It’s National Talk Like a Pirate Day? We have a magnet for that!

Ryne Loves Magnets!

Ryne Loves Magnets!


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New Bookmans Phoenix Series Features Kids’ Yoga and Storytelling

Posted in In Our Stores on 19 Sep by


Exciting changes are underway this fall at Bookmans Phoenix. Our favorite storyteller, Mr. Eden will join us for Kids’ Yoga and Storytelling from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoons starting on September 20. We are partnering with Eden and yoga instructor, Shaila Parthasarathi, to extend love of reading, peace and well-being to our local community. Each week highlights a wonderful aspect of youth. Eden and Shaila come to us with many years of experience promoting the arts, healthy living, literacy and community involvement. We are delighted for the opportunity to work with both of them on this new series!

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Girl Power: Leading Ladies of Banned Books

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 18 Sep by


In honor of Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014, we count down our top five heroines in banned or challenged fiction. These loveable yet powerful characters play an important role in challenging the minds of countless readers and that is in itself 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.

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We’re Already Pining for Next Year’s Pickin’ in the Pines

Posted in Community Events, Musical Notes on 17 Sep by


Every year in early September, music fans in our little mountain town gather to celebrate all things bluegrass at the annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music first held the 3-day festival in 2006 and steadily gathered supporters since. With national acts like the Claire Lynch Band and Flagstaff favorites like Tony Norris, Bookmans, along with the entire community, pines for Pickin’ all year long. Bookmans Flagstaff was more excited than ever to host our instruments booth, enjoy the late summer weather and listen to amazing traditional bluegrass music.

Pickin' In the Pines 2014
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Ticket Tuesdays — Summer Ends Music Festival V.1


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Mark your calendar for September 26, 27 and 28! The first annual Summer Ends Music Festival V.1 comes to Tempe Beach Park and promises to be the event of the year. Summer Ends is a three day event featuring top local and national musical artists. In addition to fabulous music, the festival includes food vendors, sponsor booths, arts and crafts. This will be a perfect event for local residents and out-of-state visitors to discover the vibrant arts culture of Arizona. One-day passes start at $65, but you’re in luck! This Ticket Tuesday we are giving away two 1-day passes for the day of your choice to the inaugural Summer Ends Music Festival V.1.

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Ticket Tuesdays — 2014 AZ Underground Film Festival VIP Passes


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The Arizona Underground Film Festival (AZUFF) is back for its 7th year playing some of the best cult/midnight films from Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca. AZUFF will also show world premieres and North American premiere screenings. Be a part of the entire counter culture experience with this Ticket Tuesday’s chance to win a pair of VIP full access passes that include all screenings for the 2014 festival.

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Exploring Graphic Censorship

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values, Merchandise on 15 Sep by


One of the issues nearest and dearest to the heart of Bookmans is free speech, that is why we devoted the month of September to the discussion and exploration of censorship. Many of us have heard that famous novels like Alice in Wonderland and Animal Farm were subjected to censors and considered inappropriate. Hearing that today makes many of us scratch our heads and wonder what people were thinking. Novels are not the only literature to be challenged in court. Comics and graphic novels have also been subjected to scrutiny. One might think that the works being looked at for inappropriateness would include foul language, sexuality or excessively graphic violence, but think again. Let’s take a look at some of the comics and graphic novels facing censorship and the reasons why.

Censored Graphic Novels at Bookmans Speedway
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Bookmans Grant Author Event Connects Writing to Brain Benefits

Posted in Uncategorized on 13 Sep by


Bookmans Grant hosts a local authors fair from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 13. This event got us wondering about how writing effects the mind. What we found made us want to exercise all the parts of the brain that are involved.

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Bookmans Speedway Finds for Enterprise-ing Trekkies

Posted in Merchandise on 11 Sep by


Long ago in a time far far in the past (1966) a man named Gene Roddenbery was touched by God. Well, maybe not exactly touched by God but touched by some kind of super powerful, all-knowing muse who knocked on the door of his imagination and in flew a star ship named The Enterprise. The Enterprise brought along Captain Kurt, Mr. Spock and the rest of his brave crew to give us the show that would change T.V. forever — Star Trek.

Bookmans Speedway Star Trek
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Words and Images Uncensored

Posted in Merchandise on 10 Sep by


Have we got some uncensored material for you! We celebrate revolutionary artists pushing boundaries and taking their art to the streets. They risk it all for the sake of expression, rearranging our world in an attempt to understand and reinterpret that all-allusive reality, the truth. They use all forms and create new ones from classical music to experimental, literature to pulp fiction, glossies to fanzines, fine art to comic lines and film noir to blockbusters.

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Meet Miss Jenna of Read to Me Story Time at Bookmans Flagstaff

Posted in In Our Stores on 09 Sep by


Bookmans Flagstaff’s Read To Me Story Time has a new face as we welcome Miss Jenna to the Bookmans family. Story time at Bookmans Flagstaff has always been fun. We enjoy sharing our favorite children’s stories with you and your families. But when Jenna Dickerson approached us with interest in volunteering for story time, we knew she would be a great addition to the team and a valued asset to Read to Me Story Time. Everyone fell in love with Miss Jenna as we launched our new literacy-based story time, complete with songs, a letter of the day and story books for the whole family to enjoy. Get to know Miss Jenna and her plans for Read to Me Story Time with our quick Q&A.

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