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Wonderful and Weird Collectibles

Posted in Merchandise on 27 Jan by

Wonder why weird wonders are way out? What? We say why bother? It’s best to enjoy the wackiness in our world. Bookmans Speedway is a great place to start. Our store has quirk in every corner. The wonders abound. If you haven’t stopped by our gallery lately, then that would be the spot to begin your tour of our weird collectibles.

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Get Your Java at Bookmans Cafe

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 26 Jan by

Bookmans is the place for great deals on all forms of entertainment, but Bookmans Flagstaff has an extra goodie in store for you — great coffee. Nestled in the corner of Bookmans Flag is the Bookmans Cafe. With locally sourced coffee beans and baked goods made by our neighbors in Northern Arizona, not to mention the incredibly cool and professional staff, the Cafe stands out from the rest. Enabling us in our crippling addiction to java is Lynda Grieco, the Bookmans Cafe Manager, and the talented bunch of baristas who make up the Bookmans Cafe staff. The Bookmans Cafe is a tradition for many Bookmans customers during their shopping experience at our store. Nothing is better than shopping for books than shopping for books while sipping a hot cup of joe.

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Banned Book Club: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 23 Jan by

Because Sherman Alexie writes about sexual awareness and awakening in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, one could understand why parents, librarians, school administrators and even some students deem the book as inappropriate. To suggest the book for a more mature audience might seem reasonable enough. The reality is that the main character, Arnold, is a freshman in high school and speaks in a relatable voice for young adults. The situations in the book correlate to real world experiences of high school aged people. As Alexie says, “I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be teen facing everyday and epic dangers. I don’t write to protect them. It’s far too late for that.” This is why we chose to read this title as January’s Banned Book Club selection.

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Bookmans Original Brand

Posted in Core Values, Merchandise on 22 Jan by

Most folks know that Bookmans sells books, and not just books but all manner of entertainment and educational merchandise. Many of you are also familiar with Bob Oldfather, the currently blue bearded owner of Bookmans. You might have seen him in one of our ads or maybe around town. He is the dapper gentleman in the fedora, always friendly. At Bookmans Speedway, we hear many anecdotes about Bob’s engagement in our community. He, like his stores, is part of the fabric of Arizona’s history and culture. Outgoing, generous and personable, Bob shows his love for the state through involvement with multiple causes and issues including free speech, literacy, animal welfare and the environment. Like his employees, he is creative and original. These are the qualities that help create his line of merchandise known as B.O.B., Bookmans Original Brand.

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Bookmans Presents: Nerd Slam

A battle of epic proportions, the first Bookmans Presents: Nerd Slam took place at Firecreek Coffee Company. Firecreek was packed with sci-fi and gaming enthusiasts ready to slam their way to the top and be crowned Flagstaff’s ultimate nerd. Nerds took to the stage one after the other to show off their poetic prowess and nerd knowledge. The first of many Nerd Slams to come, we couldn’t be happier with the turnout. As we wipe the proud tears from our eyes, we thank everyone who came out to support this event.

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We Can Help with Your New Year Goals

Posted in Uncategorized on 21 Jan by

Only 75 percent of people maintain their New Years resolution after the first week. Making a change in your life can be extremely difficult, especially if you don’t have resources you need to succeed. This is where we can help you out. Bookmans is full of ways to make the transition smooth and help you achieve your new year goals.

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New Year, New You, New House

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 20 Jan by

With the year off to a new start, many of us are full steam ahead with our resolutions. Get healthy, eat right, exercise more, spend more time with family and friends — working on all of them. Let’s consider for a moment WHERE we will do these things. Your home is your castle, so along with your fresh start think about a fresh start for your house. Move forward with a new year, new you, new house.

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Food for Ascension at Bookmans Grant

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 19 Jan by

Bookmans Grant is pleased that the people of Food for Ascension Cafe and Avalon Gardens came by to tell us about their restaurant and farm community. They brought along delicious food and tea as well as locally made soap and loofahs. Everyone had a taste of what they are all about.

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Video Game Shopping at Bookmans Flag

Posted in Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 16 Jan by

My, oh, my, do we love video games! Bookmans Flagstaff is crazy for the entertainment these interactive multimedia systems provide. The video game section of our lovely store has everything, from old school systems like Nintendo 64 to the handheld Gameboy to Skylanders and the latest system from Sony, the Playstation 4. All can be purchased with Bookmans trade credit! If you haven’t happened upon this well stocked section of our store, allow us to give you a tour, introducing some of the amazing treasures you might find video game shopping at Bookmans Flag.

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Sci-Fi Sub Genres

Posted in Bookie Blog on 15 Jan by

Bookmans Speedway knows our Sci-Fi up, down, sideways and underneath. The depth and diversity of sci-fi led John O. to create brochures with suggestions and explanations to highlight unusual Sci-Fi sub genres.

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10 Easy New Year Resolutions

Posted in Core Values, Uncategorized on 14 Jan by

Resolutions are hard. They are so hard. To complicate matters, many of us approach resolutions with an “eyes that are bigger than our stomach” mentality. Bookmans totally supports you and we believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind too. But, let’s face it, many of us will forget about whatever goals we want to accomplish come February. Because of this harsh reality we comprised a list of achievable yet worthy resolutions you can easily implement.

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Happening at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 13 Jan by

Bookmans Speedway had a wonderful holiday season and New Year. Our community came out in support of local business and washed us in glad tidings. So much is happening at Bookmans Speedway! We have new departments and enjoy watching our customers enthusiastically explore them. Musical instruments have been favorite for gifts the last few months, so we expect to hear many budding musicians soon. We also rolled out our Geek Zone with wonderful treasures to satisfy your inner geek. We are currently focused on collectable comic books. If you have your own collection in storage, think about bringing it in for trade. Get that new bike from Bookmans Sports to get your resolutions off to a great start.

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Try Something New this Year

Posted in Merchandise on 09 Jan by

The first of the year is full of energy and ambition. The holiday craze is over, out of state relatives have packed their bags and gone home and now you’re stuck with that gourmet food gift basket and no one to get it out of sight for you. Go ahead and indulge in every last bite with no remorse. Only then will you be ready to think about those new year resolutions. When that time comes, we have everything you need for inspiration to try something new, achieve your goals and work your way towards a better YOU!

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Unplug for Board Games

Posted in Merchandise on 08 Jan by

Video games and the Internet distract us from our more classic pursuits, be they Trivial or not! It’s time we look up from our screens for a while to see that board games, like vinyl, have made a comeback. Players are reconnecting with their childhood favorites. At the same time, the stakes have been raised and creativity and originality have an open playing field on which new games and strategies flourish. The result is a wonderful mix of classic and current games. Games have their game on! Bookmans Speedway’s Wall of Wonders allow this new breed of gaming to share real estate with the time honored classics. It’s time to unplug for board games.

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Geeking Out With Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

Posted in Community Events on 08 Jan by

By C’Loni Bailey, Electronics Manager at Bookmans Mesa

An interesting thing about comic conventions in Arizona is that despite how large a city Phoenix is, the geek community is relatively small and insular. Everyone knows everyone else, or at least knows someone who knows someone who knows everyone else. Held on December 12-14, 2014 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest is a winter pop culture convention organized by the same folks who run the exceptional Phoenix Comicon in summer. Although I have worked the Bookmans booth at Phoenix Comicon, PCC Fan Fest was my first experience having a table of my own at a convention to exhibit my costuming work.

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Q and A with Tanguay: Guitar Setup

Posted in Musical Notes on 07 Jan by

By James Tanguay, Bookmans Musical Instrument Coordinator and Luthier

Q: I’ve heard that the guitars at Bookmans are “setup” before they go up for sale. What is a guitar setup?

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YOU Like What YOU Like: Romance Novels

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 06 Jan by

Bookmans supports you in whatever changes or improvements you want to make in 2015. We’ve got countless self help, exercise and overall health related literature to aid any number of resolutions. We are all about what makes you feel like the best version of you. We’re also all about those quirks that complete the profile that you keep in the shadows. This includes the movie, music and lit genres deemed “guilty pleasures” that have you geeking out. As part of our Jan-YOU-ary campaign we celebrate the the silly shows you watch, the chart topping pop music you can’t help but dance to and novels you never take out in public — genres that have difficulty even getting reviews. You like what you like and we think that’s great.

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New Year, New Ways to Reuse Discs

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 06 Jan by

CDs and DVDs sell move quickly in and out of Bookmans. From the newest Katy Perry CD to part-two of The Hobbit, we have it all. But what happens to all the old discs we no longer want? Granny doesn’t listen to that classical CD set anymore, so throw it away. Right? Oh, no. This year resolve to reuse things you may otherwise send to a landfill, starting with those shiny discs. Close to 100,000 pounds of discs become obsolete each month. That doesn’t include the 5.5 million boxes of software disks that get sent to the landfill each year. In this post, we focus on how we plan to reuse discs and disks we’ve got laying around.

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Make Wellness a Jan-YOU-ary Resolution

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 05 Jan by

Bookmans declares January 2015, “Jan-YOU-ary” — a time to start fresh! It’s a new year and a new you is possible, though the old you is wonderful too. Bookmans is up to the challenge with tons of tomes to get you started, show you how, walk you through it and keep you on track. Several of our departments are dedicated to helping you be your best, whether it is physical, mental or spiritual, we can help you expand, explore or start again. Check out our Diet/Health, Natural Healing, Exercise or Fashion and Beauty sections to find the perfect plan for you.


Doctors Bradley J. Wilcox, D. Craig Wilcox and Makuto Suzuki collaborate on The Okinawa Program. These experts base their work on the landmark, scientifically documented, 25-year Okinawa Centenarian Study, a Japanese Ministry of health sponsored study. Okinawans are the healthiest and longest-lived population in the world and this 4-week turnaround plan can help you recreate their winning habits.

Tucson loves Dr. Andrew Weil and Bookmans Speedway has all of his popular titles like his national bestseller Healthy Aging. This practical and uplifting work combines traditional and nontraditional approaches to health and well-being. Other titles include SuperFoods HealthStyle by Steven G. Pratt and Kathy Matthews, which offers simple changes to get the most out of life for the rest of your life.

Want to look great while getting healthy? Our Beauty/Fashion section can help you make the most of a healthy new you. Grab BBC’s What not to Wear, an accompaniment to the popular television show. This humorous and informative work gives you tips and tricks to help you be confident in any situation. For a behind the scenes look at the those who help you look your best read, Emma Forrest’s Damage Control, a look at women and the therapists, beauticians and trainers who navigate their bodies.

From exercise to diet, recipes to skin care, fashion to natural healing, Bookmans has hundreds of titles to help you succeed this year. If you want to enhance this book learning IRL (in real life), Bookmans Speedway hosts our annual Wellness Fair, Jan-YOU-ary 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 17. Local health and wellness practitioners will be pamper and guide you.

Choose Your Arizona Adventures

Posted in Community Events on 02 Jan by

The rest of the world may be done with the holiday season, but it’s the perfect time of year to get out of the house and travel off the beaten path in Arizona. Festivals abound, outdoor activities thrive and obscure cultural functions are in full effect. There’s no time like Jan-YOU-ary in the Copper State to go exploring. The weather is beautiful from Pima County to Coconino, so check out some of the amazing Arizona adventures.

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Arizona Adventures in the Phoenix and Mesa Area

The Marvel Experience. This is your chance to get in on the grandeur of The Marvel Experience. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruits. Through hyper-real experiences, recruits learn how to harness their superpowers. Have a blast battling an army of evil Adaptoids and utilizing superior logic with interactive games. Track your progress with your S.H.I.E.L.D. wristband. Check out cool displays of vintage Marvel art and superhero accouterments. Even local Phoenix indie folk performers Jared and The Mill are fans of The Marvel Experience at Salt River Fields. They attended last week and return to perform outside the show at 6 p.m. on January 2. The Marvel Experience runs through January 3, 2015. Tickets are available online.

Zoolights. When else can you roam among wild animals at night while taking in a light show? Watch as the Phoenix Zoo transforms into one of the most spectacular events in the Southwest. Over 3.7 million lights and 700 light displays go into making this an incredible holiday extravaganza. Meander through winding paths with hot cocoa and treats while gazing at breathtaking views. Zoolights runs through January 11, 2015 and tickets are available online.

CitySkate. Move aside, Rockefeller Center! Phoenix has a logic-defying skating rink right here in the desert. CityScape Phoenix is home to CitySkate, the largest and only real outdoor ice rink in the greater Phoenix area. Behold the transformation of the CityScape Phoenix complex into a magical winter wonderland. Located smack dab in the middle of Central Avenue, CitySkate stops traffic with a frosty holiday tree and festive music. Don your warmest mittens and scarves because a spin around this rink is tons of fun. CitySkate runs through February 2, 2015 and tickets are available online.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Listen up, uke fans! The uke wizards are coming to town. Transport yourself through music without leaving the comfy theater seat. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will sing and strum their way into your heart. Using instruments bought with loose change, this orchestra believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation on the mighty uke. This concert is transcendent, unexpected, entertaining and hilarious. Covering Tchaikovsky, Nirvana, Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra promises “a world tour with only hand luggage.” This insurmountable show is at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theatre. Tickets are available online.

Arizona Adventures in the Flagstaff Area

Dew Downtown Ski and Snowboard Festival. Extreme winter sports enthusiasts unite! The Dew Downtown Ski and Snowboard Festival comes to the streets of Downtown Flagstaff on January 24 and 25, 2015. All ages are welcome to partake in urban obstacles, activities, live music and more. There will be a Beer Garden for the over 21 crew. The festival is presented by City of Flagstaff and tickets are available online.

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra — Breaking Boundaries. Explore over 300 years of innovative music with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Experience pieces by groundbreaking composers including Beethoven, William Grant Still and Flagstaff’s Bruce Reiprich. This concert is at 7:30 p.m. on January 23, 2015 and tickets are available online.

Coconino National Forest Sleigh Ride. Turn back the clock and get a load of Old West Arizona. Mosey on to Hitchin’ Post Stables for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy Coconino National Forest. Bring your toastiest duds, for it’s frosty out in the wilderness. Sleigh Rides run through January 31 and tickets are available online.

Arizona Adventures in the Tucson Area

Tucson Jazz Festival. Jump, jive and wail on down to the first annual Tucson Jazz Festival. Located in the heart of downtown, the festival spans the likes of Club Congress, The Rialto, The Fox and other mainstays of Tucson music culture. From legends to new guard, don’t miss Arizona’s most talented artists. The festival runs January 16 through 28, 2015. Tickets are available online.

Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. Underground cache is serious business at this nationally recognized event. The 61st annual Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase is the biggest 2-week marketplace of its kind in the US. Attracting treasure seekers from coast to coast, this trove of gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, art, jewelry and other discoveries demands your attendance. The showcase lasts from January 31 to February 15, 2015 and more information is available online.

Cirque D’Or. Experience the joyride of thrills that is Cirque D’Or! Presented by The Fox Tucson Theatre, this feast for the senses features a cast of world champion acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists from around the world. A mesmerizing spectacle for all ages, Cirque D’Or unites beautiful costumes, dynamic sound and lighting, and international talent on one stage. The production runs January 30 and 31, 2015 and tickets are available online.

Whatever your interests, stop by your favorite Bookmans location to gear up with great finds. From Marvel Comics inspired video games to colorful ukuleles to killer jazz on vinyl, we have you covered. Keep lookout on our Event Calendar for more daring and delightful diversions near you. We wish you a 2015 full of awesome Arizona adventures.

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