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#LoveWins and Pride In the Pines 2015

Posted in Community Events on 02 Jul by

Oh, happy day! Nationwide marriage equality affirmed by SCOTUS and Bookmans Flagstaff celebrated at the 19th annual Pride in The Pines the very next day. We couldn’t ask for a better way to commemorate this occasion than by handing out sexy prizes to Pride participants. Bookmans continued our support of Pride in the Pines, partying it up with other vendors and organizations and celebrating diversity. If you missed Pride this year, then sit back in voyeur mode. We plan to brag vigorously through this blog post!

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Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with Animal Welfare Month

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 01 Jul by

Bookmans celebrates furry, feathery and scaly friends, whatever species they may be, throughout July to emphasize our commitment to Animal Welfare. Stop by your neighborhood Bookmans to check out local animal welfare groups and meet adoptable creatures great and small. Take a look at our event schedule for details on what’s happening near you.

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Bruce Springsteen and the Band I Want The Boss to Be

Posted in Musical Notes on 30 Jun by

by Alex Gilman, Music Department Manager at Bookmans Flagstaff

I grew up knowing musical artists before I knew their work. Because of that, I had certain ideas about their work before I ever listened to their music. Bruce Springsteen is one example, but in many ways, the perfect one. My introduction to The Boss was a cultural one. Hearing his name on TV or the radio and seeing the context in which he was portrayed, built this image of the rock ‘n’ roll legend people believe him to be. I knew Born in the USA and I could maybe pick out the odd song on the radio, but I had never gone through a full album. I never looked for it. Bruce is a cultural icon for rock, noted and filed. No more thought needed or given. Then one day, I listened. I popped a greatest hits CD into my computer that day. As the music played, my disappointment grew. The Boss didn’t meet my expectations for what he was supposed to sound like. The sound was too clean, too soft to be the guy who represents the hard working American. The mental images evoked when thinking of Springsteen’s music are of oil smeared mechanics and coal dusted miners working hard for their piece of the American Dream. The mental image evoked when I actually listen to his music clashes with the legend.

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Top Five Cover Songs by Arizona Bands

Posted in Musical Notes on 29 Jun by

Unlikely pairs often create a juxtaposition of awesomeness. Music is no exception. When it comes to one band covering another band’s song, opposites can surely attract. In honor of Music Month and playing off Paste Magazine‘s article 50 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals, we count down the top five local takes on established tunes. These Arizona bands hold their own while reinterpreting nationally known songs. The best part is that we can catch all of these bands playing live shows in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff.

Top Arizona Bands Include The Sugar ThievesThe Sugar Thieves (above) against a Phoenix skyline sunset.
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Science Fiction’s Historic Run

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 26 Jun by

Science Fiction is a varied genre that has been around for longer than you might imagine. Its origin is a subject for debate with camps claiming that it started as early as 2150 BCE or between the 17th and 19th centuries. Some scholars claim science fiction formed in the ancient Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh. Ancient Indian poetry such as the Hindu epic Ramayana has science fiction elements as does the works of the ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes. Regardless of where and when science fiction began, we are just glad it did.

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Bookmans Recommends: Fun Out of the Sun with Children’s Nonfiction

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 25 Jun by

110 degrees?! Ugh! That is serious heat and you can’t ignore it. The kids are out of school looking for something to do. Hiking is out. Kickball, soccer, baseball — they aren’t options unless you want a wilting family. Swimming might work — for maybe 20 minutes before you catch a burn. How many times can you go to the movies? Too expensive. Bookmans has just what you need to keep the kids out of the sun and in to the fun. Yes, it’s summer vacation, but kids still love to learn new things. Really!

Children's Nonfiction
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Bookmans Recommends: Preacher

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 24 Jun by

With a pilot by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for geek friendly AMC in development, now is the time to pick up a copy of DC’s Vertigo Comics Preacher. Created in 1996 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher tells the tale of small town Texas reverend Jesse Custer, who, after being possessed by the creature Genesis and killing his entire congregation, develops the ability to speak the Word of God. Using his ability to control someone merely by telling them what to do, Jesse goes on a road trip across the country to find God, who has abandoned his post in heaven. Jesse isn’t your typical man of the cloth. He’s got a colorful past and lives within a moral gray. Accompanied by his hired hand/ex-girlfriend, Tulip O’hare, and Cassidy, a century-old Irish vampire, Jesse is on a mission to track down the all powerful being who up and quit the moment Genesis was born.

Bookmans Recommends Preacher
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Ticket Tuesdays — OTEP at The Rialto Theatre


You are definitely metal enough for today’s Ticket Tuesday. This is your chance to win a pair of passes to see OTEP with Rejktion and Downfall 2012 on their Art of Fury Tour at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at The Rialto Theatre.

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Geeking Out Over E3 2015

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 22 Jun by

By C’loni Bailey – Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

Video game developers flocked to this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to show off their best up and coming video games and technology. Held June 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the entire conference was streamed online so that gamers worldwide could watch the most prominent game developers, including Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix and BioWare, present new products for the coming year. We selected a few of our favorite highlights of E3 2015.

E3 2015

Photo via Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
Copyright © 2015 – ESA Entertainment Software Association.
For more photos, visit the E3 Expo Flickr Gallery.

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Make Summer Memories with an Old School Camera

Posted in Merchandise on 19 Jun by

Summer vacationers have all the free time in the world, sitting by the pool, binge watching favorite TV shows and hanging out with friends perfecting our inner goof balls. What do we do while we triumph over these colossal activities? Take loads of pictures. We dare you to put away your smart phone and try something new with your photographic endeavors. Pick up an old school camera to make this summer’s memories.

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Four Rad Musical Artists Who Are Also Women

Posted in Merchandise, Musical Notes on 18 Jun by

Who runs the world? Girls! No one says it better than Queen B herself. In celebration of Bookmans Music Month and all its musical awesomeness we focus on the ladies. These four cool chicks are artists who have released albums in the past couple years and who we greatly admire. They represent different genres and are heroines in their own right, but make no mistake these aren’t “female musicians”. These are talented artists, forces of nature and worship worthy singers and songwriters who just happen to be women.

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Garden Guru Talks Plant Placement

Posted in Core Values, Merchandise on 17 Jun by

We continue our gardening series, Garden Guru, as Poe shares that the best time to plan and work in your garden is when the mood strikes you or, even better, right now. When last we met, we discussed soil. It takes some time to get your soil ready for planting. It is also important to know where and when to plant, especially in southern Arizona.

Garden Guru Talks Plant Placement
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Ticket Tuesdays — Wilco with Dr. Dog

**CONTEST CLOSED**One of our all-time faves, Wilco, will grace Salt River Fields along with opening act Dr. Dog on Independence Day weekend. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3 and this is just about as classic American rock ‘n’ roll as concerts get. Tickets to Wilco with Dr. Dog start at $30, but what good fortune! This Ticket Tuesday, we’re giving away a free pair of tickets for you and a special someone.

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Dos and Don’ts of Bookmans: The Musical Version

Posted in Musical Notes on 15 Jun by

Since our first Dos and Don’ts post went over so well, we decided to do a special edition for Music Month. Our most important DO remains, “express yourself, have fun and love what you love.” And the Don’ts… they keep on coming.

Dos and Don'ts
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Crafty Boxed Summer Boardom Fun

Posted in Merchandise on 12 Jun by

Yeah, it’s summer and all the kids and their friends are home… all day… all night, maybe several nights. We have been busy prepping for finals then for the annual summer road trip and then to make sure we’ve doubled up our grocery shopping to cover the inevitable summer munchies. Did any of us consider what then? Kids don’t don’t have homework. The heat is so oppressive everyone leaves town, so book club has been suspended. What then? What do you say in the face of the inevitable cry of, “We’re bored!”? Respond with fun summer boardom. (We can’t help the pun, no matter how bad.)

Summer Boardom
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Inspiration Superstars

Posted in Uncategorized on 11 Jun by

By Dani Byers, Event Liaison for Bookmans Speedway

I read a short article by Katy Perry outlining the women who most impacted her life. I like the piece because Perry creates a bridge from the reader to these inspiration superstars, some previously unknown to me. I enjoyed learning of the accomplishments of Vicky Vlachonis, an osteopath and author of The Body Doesn’t Lie, and Sophia Rossi, poet and co-founder of Hello Giggles. These women haven’t changed my life yet, but I hope to get to know them better. Since you can’t experience everything, it’s exciting to explore the lives of others who fully embrace their existence. It also got me thinking, who inspires me? Or you?

Inspiration Superstars
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Flagstaff Celebrates Hullabaloo 2015

Posted in Community Events on 10 Jun by

The un-official kick off to summer in Flagstaff took place Saturday, June 6 at Wheeler Park. Flagstaffarians and other Arizona inhabitants took to the park, sporting neon colors, feather boas and complete viking attire as the 6th annual Hullabaloo once again celebrated Northern Arizona in all its glory. Bookmans Flagstaff, along with the excellent company of family from Bookmans Phoenix, attended this wondrous jubilation, handing out Bookmans swag and offering free super hero inspired masks. If you were unable to take part in the festivities, don’t fret friends. Hullabaloo will surely return next summer and in the meantime we will get you caught up.

Hullabaloo 2015
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Garden Guru Talks Dirt

Posted in Core Values, Merchandise on 09 Jun by

Longer Days and lots of sunshine gives many in Arizona the gardening bug. Bookmans has a large and varied gardening section to help you get started. We also have our resident Garden Guru at Bookmans Speedway to help you with tips and tricks to guide you as you plan and plant. Enjoy the first in an upcoming series from Poe as the Garden Guru talks dirt. Let us know what you think and how it all grew.

Garden Guru talks dirt
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Civic Orchestra of Tucson Brings the Zoo

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 08 Jun by

Our Tucson Bookmans locations hosted the Civic Orchestra of Tucson as part of our Summer Kids Events series. They offer a unique opportunity for kids of all ages to try out real orchestra instruments including horns, trumpets, violins basses and xylophones during their very hands on demonstrations. When they unleashed all the excited kids on their instrument petting zoo it was like, well like feeding time at the zoo.

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Your Third Place

Posted in In Our Stores on 05 Jun by

School’s out, summer is here and it’s darn hot out there — but not at your local Bookmans. We love learning new things, we have only one season and it’s called awesome, and we keep the air nice and cool. We have done this long enough that we know how to create a place for you to relax, have fun and hang out. We call it your Third Place. Most folks have their home (First Place), work and/or school (Second Place) and a Third Place where they go to relax and have fun. That’s us!

Third Place
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