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Fight Censorship with Bookmans

Posted in Core Values on 01 Sep by


Bookmans combats censorship all year around, but September holds a special place in our free-expression hearts. In conjunction with Banned Books Week, we focus on the freedom to read, watch, play and listen to whatever media we want. This month, each Bookmans location hosts free events as homages to our favorite banned books, movies, music and video games. We encourage the right to speak up and speak out! Discovery, knowledge and enlightenment are never crimes and we want to keep it that way.

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In the Age of the Internet We are the Dreamers of Dreams

Posted in Uncategorized on 31 Aug by


Do you find every single film, piece of music or literature lacking? We, as a generation, are apathetic about art. Growing up inundated by cookie-cutter garbage, this is the final straw. I’m going to break this down. The future can be bright. It takes effort, but we can mold the future into whatever we want it to be.

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Commander Kiefer Manages Electronics at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in In Our Stores on 28 Aug by


Visit Bookmans Speedway’s Electronics Department to meet our newest manager, Kiefer! We asked Kiefer the tough questions to look into his very soul and uncover his plans for the department and, in fact, for the world. For example, we asked him about his official title, how employees refer to him. Most call him Supreme Leader and Commander Big Nuts. Our time with Kiefer went in a virtually different direction from there.

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World of Warcraft: Legion Preview

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 27 Aug by


By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

Fresh off of their latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor (released November 2014), World of Warcraft announced their sixth expansion, Legion, bringing even more content to the massive Warcraft universe. Legion sees the return of the dreaded Burning Legion and fan favorite baddie, Illidan Stormrage, after his supposed demise in WoW’s second expansion, The Burning Crusade.

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Teenaged Flavio and The Lonesome Crowded West

Posted in Musical Notes on 26 Aug by


High school is the most awkward period in our lives. It’s where we discover who we are and fail miserably. I’ve yet to see someone who was completely comfortable with themselves at the ripe age of 18. I’m barely becoming comfortable with my own existence even now. It goes with the territory, I suppose.

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King of Kid Lit Adam Rex Talks to Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 25 Aug by


Moonday, Cold Cereal and the New York Bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich have one hysterical thing in common — Adam Rex. True to his name, the author/illustrator/artist is a literary king and a gateway author for young readers. You might have seen his books or attended one of his popular sessions at the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) or maybe you’ve seen the DreamWorks movie Home based on his book The True Meaning of Smekday. If not, get thee to a bookstore! Meanwhile geek out with us as this UofA alumnus shares his thoughts on creativity, Magic: The Gathering and Bookmans.

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Bookmans Recommends: Current Movie Favorites

Posted in Reel Chat on 24 Aug by


Bookmans has full-blown movie madness, an affliction we happily abide. From comedy to drama, cult classics to fantasy, sci-fi to all seven of the Fast and Furious properties, we go nuts for cinema. Our music buyers happily and repeatedly stock DVDs of fave films such as Eternal Sunshine and Big Hero 6. It’s no wonder that when asked to name their all time movie favorites, they stall. How do you begin to pick a favorite? After much badgering and adding the caveat “at this moment”, a few prized buyers at Bookmans Flagstaff narrowed their list of influential films and give valid and completely serious reasoning.

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Find the Weird and Wonderful at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 21 Aug by


Bookmans Speedway created a new Weird and Wonderful section and you can’t miss it! Greeting you at the entrance is a brand new display, our Cool New Arrivals/Weird and Wonderful. Like our customers, these hand picked titles represent the best of the best. Our discerning buyers remain on the look out for unusual and unique items to add to our eclectic inventory. In every corner of our store, you can find something fabulous and while browsing is half the fun, but we brought the best front and center.

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The True Legend of Hunter S. Thompson

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 20 Aug by


We presume the world is familiar with the book/movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. If not, the name Hunter S. Thompson at least strikes a chord. He’s the father of gonzo jouranlism who dove neck deep into alcohol-fueled drug binges yet still wrote masterfully crafted articles, the guy who requested his ashes be shot out of a cannon after his death in 2005 at the age of 67, the guy who shot books when fans asked him to autograph them, the guy who bought himself a mail order doctorate so he could refer to himself as “Dr.” He’s that guy, and these aren’t even the best examples of why he’s the ultimate bad ass.

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Timelessness of Peter Pan

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 19 Aug by


Watch out Harry Potter. There’s another with a prior claim to the moniker, “the boy who lived.” Not only does he never grow old, Peter Pan is a timeless classic. Starting in his 1902 novel Little White Bird, J.M. Barrie merely mentions Peter Pan. In fact, not until a successful 1904 play production did Barrie consider the the wonder of Pan. Subsequently he publishes Peter and Wendy in 1911. Not only have we seen numerous film adaptations over the span of the last 100+ years, with an even newer release coming out on October 9, 2015, there’s the book series Peter and The Starcatchers, the cartoon show Jake and the Never Land Pirates and the franchise around Tinkerbell and her fairies.

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Ticket Tuesdays — Arizona Museum of Natural History Membership

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 18 Aug by


**CONTEST CLOSED**This summer, there hasn’t been a movie more anticipated than Jurassic World. Ever wonder which dinosaurs roamed Arizona? Our state had a very different landscape 65 million years ago. Dinosaur life wasn’t as easy as the Jurassic Park franchise might lead you to believe. Now is your chance to learn all about them! This Ticket Tuesday we give away an Arizona Museum of Natural History membership.

Arizona Museum of Natural History Membership
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Reboots Cause a Different Kind of Movie Madness

Posted in Reel Chat on 17 Aug by


Friends, it’s rant time. Prepare yourselves. We love all forms of entertainment and pride ourselves on our acceptance of all genres. We geek out on the regular. That being said, is anyone else tired of the reboot? More films than we care to enumerate re-imagine an ’80s or ’90s classic. Being a millennial, this event liaison likes going down memory lane as much as the next nerd but, c’mon, do we really need to relive every cartoon or TV show once loved in adolescence, not to mention the countless sequels to movies made over a decade ago? Wouldn’t it be cooler to see films that are completely new and fresh to us? Sure there are a few gems like Jurassic World and the all-female Ghostbusters, but do we need another Fantastic Four?

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Crayon Therapy for Adults

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 14 Aug by


Good news grown ups, it’s okay to color! Evidently, coloring is good for you — almost as good as meditation! The new therapeutic tool for reducing stress is coloring books for adults. We have used crayon therapy for decades and note with pleasure that the health and wellness community agrees that coloring makes you happier. Coloring has now become so popular that the Huffington Post wrote a whole article about it.

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You Love What You Love: Rom Coms

Posted in Reel Chat on 13 Aug by


Romantic Comedies, we love to hate them and hate to love them. Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Shenanigans ensue. We laugh. We cry. We get the happy ending we desperately need. We firmly believe that you love what you love. We rejoice seeing our customers unapologetically geek out over whatever book or movie genre suits their fancy. Rom coms are no exception. Who doesn’t want to see Hugh Grant charmingly stumble his way through professing his love for some every girl? Why do these films get so much heat? Let’s discuss.

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Spectacular Soundtracks for Every Occasion

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 12 Aug by


August is Movie Madness Month at Bookmans and we celebrate with cinematic events and pop culture prizes at all six stores. But what are movies without music? A brilliant score can elevate a film from masterpiece to absolute magic. Whether you’re into romantic comedies, epic dramas or film noir, musicality is key. We compiled a categorized list of top soundtracks for every occasion. Trust us, you want to listen to each of these picks and then watch the movie and then listen to the soundtrack again. Stop by your favorite Bookmans to peruse our music and movie sections for rad finds on DVD, BluRay, VHS, Laserdisc, CD, vinyl and cassette tape.

Catch Movie Madness with Spectacular Soundtracks
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Bookmans Recommends: Kingsman

Posted in Reel Chat on 11 Aug by


I had the pleasure of a lazy Sunday, a day filled with junk food, puppy cuddles and catching up on recent releases that I’ve been anxiously waiting to see. The day was glorious — fabulously counter productive with a minimal amount of cleanliness and adulating required. The cherry on top was not the entire bag of Hot Cheetos consumed or the 3-hour nap that took place, but rather the astounding enjoyment received from watching Collin Firth in all his classy glory as super spy Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service on Blu-ray. I watched it two days in a row and will now gush over it for the next few paragraphs.

Bookmans Recommends Collin Firth in Kingsmen
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Three Strong Female Characters in Modern Fiction

Posted in Bookie Blog on 10 Aug by


We love little more than an engrossing book with an independently minded female lead. It’s even better that our shelves are stocked full of them. Let’s take a look at three of the the many strong female characters in modern fiction.

Strong Female Characters in Modern Fiction
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Have an Educational Movie Day with Nonfiction DVDs

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 07 Aug by


You probably know that Bookmans carries movies. We have in stock literally hundreds of titles in every genre — horror, science fiction, action, drama, comedy, date night, family and kids titles as well as T.V. shows both animated and live action. Take a look at our nonfiction DVDs covering all areas of interest. We’re sure to have a “true story” title to intrigue, entertain or educate you and your family.

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11 Classic Cartoons You Should Never Forget

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 06 Aug by


After an 8-hour shift, there’s nothing better than winding down with a few episodes of my favorite cartoon. There’s something about watching animation that calms the nerves in a way that True Detective, Game of Thrones or Orange is The New Black will never be able to do. Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor of Saturday mornings. The desire to run to the couch bundled in a blanket to watch Scooby-Doo and my inner child often take over that way. I’ve learned not to question it; I roll with it. The body knows what it needs — classic cartoons!

Classic Cartoons - Jonny Quest
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Audio Book Day at Bookmans Speedway


Words and sound, literary noise, a movie in your mind? We call it heaven. We Bookmans Speedway peeps love audio books and evidently we aren’t alone. Audio book sales are up 19% nation wide. Numbers like these make voice actors rejoice and cause publishers to take notice. Bookmans has seen this trend in our stores too, but unlike industry analysts we aren’t surprised. Our love affair with the spoken word has quietly raged for some time now and it has finally paid off. Bookmans Speedway was chosen to host a Random House sponsored event with one of Audiophile’s top reviewers, Jonathan Lowe of Tower Review.

Audio Book Day
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