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Magic Tree House Books Hit the Big Screen

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 08 Feb by


If you are in your thirties or younger, chances are you have memories of the one of the most cherished and recognizable children’s book series world-wide, the “Magic Tree House” books. Fans of the series will soon transport like Jack and Annie from the pages to the big screen. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group announced on February 4 that they acquired the rights to all 54 books in the series by award-winning author Mary Pope Osborne.

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Bookmans Recommends: Five Creatively Romantic Albums

Posted in Musical Notes on 05 Feb by


February is known for Love of Reading, Mardi Gras, winter weather, African American history, St. Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day. It’s also Creative Romance Month. We recommend engaging with what you love–be it books, sweethearts or, as we suggest today, romantic albums. The weather may be chilly, but these selections will warm you up. Whether you prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day, cozy up to these five albums to inspire creative romance. Enjoy these musical samples and be sure to check out the stellar selection of vinyl, CDs and more at your local Bookmans.

Bookmans Recommends: Five Creatively Romantic Albums
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Go On a Blind Date with a Book

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 04 Feb by


Hello lovers of literature wherever you are. We celebrate our shared love of reading every February. From the non-fic addict to 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 this week at our Blind Date with A Book display at Bookmans Flagstaff!

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Astronomy, Astrology and Linda Goodman

Posted in Bookie Blog on 03 Feb by


Astronomy and astrology have obvious connections. They both concern the existence and movement of stars and planets outside of Earth. The most important difference between them is how and why people study them. Astronomy is hard science, although ancient. Astronomy connected with astrology until the late 16th century when Copernicus suggested that the Sun, not the Earth, lie at the center of the universe. Sir Issac Newton followed up with his demonstration in the late 1600s on how celestial bodies affect each other. These were not entirely new ideas and if you want a bit of astrological good fun, Linda Goodman is the place to start.

Astronomy, Astrology and Linda Goodman
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Behind The Trade Counter: Hello Amy!

Posted in In Our Stores on 02 Feb by


Meet Amy Crandell! Amy is the Book Department Supervisor at Bookmans Phoenix. Her sparkling personality, kind attitude and dedicated work ethic continue to inspire the Bookmans team. Amy started as a cashier in 2012 and quickly moved into the Books Department. A book lover with a proclivity for YA literature, Amy soon became the Children’s Book Coordinator and just kept moving. With a background in customer service and bookstore management, Amy brings a fresh perspective and creative energy to Bookmans Phoenix.

Behind The Trade Counter: Meet Amy Crandell
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Let’s Celebrate Our Love of Reading


Calling all literary cupids! We understand the late night inability to put that novel down, the struggle to find eyeglasses on a nightstand piled high with non-fiction gems and the classic dilemma of reading entire bookshelves and still jonesin’ for more. If these profiles sound familiar, you’re in luck! Each February, Bookmans celebrates Love of Reading with book-centric events and activities for the well read. From outer-space library festivals to Dr. Seuss parties to Blind Dates with Books, our event calendar is packed to stoke your literary passions. Love of reading is always in the air at Bookmans! Let your imagination run wild and revel in the magic of reading.

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Sensational Seussabrations Set Seuss On the Leuss


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.–Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

As part of our Love of Reading celebration, Bookmans locations across Arizona host parties, or Seussabrations to be exact, to commemorate lyrical wordsmith Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Come have a blast with fun activities, story times and art projects as we set Seuss on the leuss. In joy and mirth we shall immerse as we honor this master of meter and verse!

Sensational Seussabrations at Every Bookmans
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Freebie Friday: Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival VIP Passes


As part of a community-wide celebration of the environment, outdoors and film, Bookmans sponsors the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival taking place February 11 through the 14. We are excited just to attend the event. Showing our support through sponsorship is icing! The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival offers a variety of outdoor adventure films as well as environmentally-focused documentaries to the Flagstaff community over the course of one weekend. Community partners include local businesses The Orpheum Theater and Flagstaff Bike Revolution. We are sweetening the deal with VIP passes to the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival.

Freebie Friday: Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival VIP Passes
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Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Posted in Reel Chat on 28 Jan by


By Kaitlin Hooker

Set to release on February 5, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies creates a compelling, female-empowered twist on the classic love story by Jane Austen. Star Lily James of Downton Abbey and Cinderella portrays our heroine, trained both in Chinese martial arts and traditional English manners. This adaptation of the 2009 novel of the same name by Seth-Grahame-Smith, flips gender roles and female representation from our standard expectations and is not to be missed!

Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
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ESP Giveaway Winner

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 27 Jan by


Geek power triumphed in our ESP Lemon Drop Guitar Giveaway! A guitar player since age 13, Sam Garner says he emitted a fanboy squeal when he learned he is our ESP Giveaway winner. “I knew the odds of winning were low, but I figured I might as well try. I opted for this goofy, or maybe creepy selfie,” says Garner with a laugh.

ESP Giveaway Winner
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Ticket Tuesdays — Brew Bowl

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 26 Jan by


Bedroxx Bowling gears up for Brew Bowl, an interactive craft beer sampling event, at noon this Sunday, January 31. The event, hosted by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, features live spinning by DJs from 106.3 The Groove, catered cuisine, bowling with brewery representatives and, of course, beer! This Ticket Tuesday Bookmans gives away a pair of tickets to one lucky ale connoisseur* who show us love for brews in our comments section.

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Remembering Alan Rickman

Posted in Reel Chat on 25 Jan by


The news on British actor and director Alan Rickman‘s passing from cancer at age 69 left me devastated. It’s strange how even if you never met, a person can still occupy a personal place in your heart. It is beyond saddening to ponder the thought that there will not be another Rickman movie after his upcoming final film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, which has been confirmed to premiere late this year.

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Freebie Fridays: Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 22 Jan by


*** CONTEST CLOSED ***

Januarys are ideal for ambitious resolutions, trying unfamiliar things and reevaluating goals. Remember to put that special someone first–YOU! This month, Bookmans Mesa offers you the chance to try something new. In east Mesa, nestled below the vast hillsides of the Las Sendas community, lies a sanctuary of comfort and delicious natural foods and beverages. Aptly named Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge, customers are welcomed by members of the experienced and passionate Sunnyside service experts.

#TreatYourself This Jan-YOU-ary
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One Teeny Critique about The Force Awakens

Posted in Reel Chat on 21 Jan by


By Caity, Event Liaison at Bookmans Flagstaff (Take it up with her.)

Okay. Deep breath. Maybe enough time has passed that everyone who cares has seen the latest chapter in Star Wars universe? In case you are one of the 10 people who have not witnessed this cinematic extravaganza, this post contains the most giant festering spoiler of spoilers I will write for Bookmans.com. Additionally, this sentence serves as your big greasy warning that my opinion of the film may not match yours. That is okay, don’t freak out. People are different. This is one reaction in the vast sea of thought and opinions pertaining to this one film. Read on for one Bookmans employee’s review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens–just one person’s opinion. You’ve been warned.

One Teeny Critique about The Force Awakens
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Bookmans Recommends: Five Bookish Podcasts and One More

Posted in Bookie Blog on 20 Jan by


You’d think that we get enough book chat over our trade counter, but we can talk books 24 hours a day. Sometimes, when we have no one to talk about books with, we have to make do with the next best thing–bookish podcasts. All the usual suspects like National Public Radio and The New York Times have podcasts that provide interesting and timely news about the publishing world. For those of us who look less mainstream for information but still want good fishing, our web editor/social media manager recommends these bookish podcasts.

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Ticket Tuesdays — The Dillinger Speakeasy

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 19 Jan by


***CONTEST CLOSED***

Notorious Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger lives large at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 22 at the annual Dillinger Speakeasy. The event, held at historic Hotel Congress where Dillinger was first captured, includes whiskey tastings, burlesque performances, cigar samplings and live entertainment to envy the 1920s. Know your onions–this Ticket Tuesday Bookmans gives away a pair of passes to a lucky John or Billie!

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Most Anticipated Everything of 2016


Plans and projections for 2016 are filled to the brim with movies, music, video games and books we can’t wait to get our hands on. From the Zoolander sequel to Assassins Creed, from the LCD Soundsystem reunion to Legend of Zelda for the Wii U, we are stoked for all the new year has to offer. We spoke with a few of our music, electronics and book buyers to learn about the Bookmans team’s most anticipated everything of 2016. These are our top picks for future faves in 2016.

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Bookmans Recommends: Mad Max by Avalanche Studios

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 15 Jan by


Written by Alex Dittrich, Bookmans Grant Electronics Department

When Mad Max: Fury Road released in theaters in May, it became one of the best movie-going experiences I’ve had. (Scott Pilgrim remains numero uno.) I immediately felt that Fury Road deserves a game. Not just any game, a game with car battles. It needs over-the-top explosions, raiders past the edge of reason and remnants of a world that seems like ancient lore. Avalanche Studios provides such a game. Mad Max, released in September 2015 for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, is a high-octane, fast-paced fight for survival and vehicular superiority.

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Bookmans Recommends: Ego Death by The Internet

Posted in Musical Notes on 14 Jan by


We might be late to the game when it comes to acknowledging The Internet‘s musical genius. The group released two studio albums (Purple Naked Ladies in 2011 and Feel Good in 2013) before Ego Death (2015), when they commanded our attention. A mix of funk, soul, R and B and hip-hop, The Internet is everything you want from an Odd Future group. Syd tha Kyd, the main vocalist, lulls us in and out of heartache and elation with the slightest vocal movement. If you never pay attention to song lyrics, the sound of her voice still captures you in a molasses drip of slow head bobbing and hip swaying–a blanket of warmth and feel good music.

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Remembering David Bowie

Posted in Musical Notes on 13 Jan by


By Dani, Event Liaison at Bookmans Speedway

Heroes may well be an eponymous album as that is exactly what David Bowie is to me. The world tragically lost one of our most talented performing artists and it goes deeper than that. Most of us did not know David Jones, never had the mind-blowing honor of meeting him, but we love him and all his incarnations from afar. Bowie lived a dynamic and daring life. His biography reads like an adventure novel.

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