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Housewares Heaven

Posted in Merchandise on 29 Jul by


Need stuff? Need housewares? Or are you a housewares collector? Bookmans has a Gallery section which is filled with much more than just ordinary stuff. Our buyers choose only the most unique and unusual items to feature on our sales floors. These items run the entire spectrum of tastes and utility. We have everything from original artwork and pottery from Mata Ortiz and other artists. We feature kitchenwares both modern and vintage, tools, glassware and glass art and Native American works. Our shelves are full of African masks and carvings, textiles, unusual lamps, collectable dolls, utility knives and decorative swords and an endless variety of handmade items from artists around Tucson and Arizona.

That isn’t even taking our Geek Zone into consideration – where we have Geek Out treasures galore. This section includes action figures, Pop figures, Star Wars and Star Trek memorabilia and all things relating to modern and vintage comic characters. We don’t want to leave out our Whovians who can grab posters, tees, sonic screwdrivers, Tardis and adorable Daleks.

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What’s Your #MusicMarathon?

Posted in Musical Notes on 28 Jul by


Sometimes in life, when things are quiet or boring, you need something to fill the void. When life gets too hard or overwhelming, even when you are at your happiest points. Music is there to be by your side. It cheers you on, builds you up and reminds you how magical it can really be if you allow yourself to believe. Not only can music put you in a better state of mind, but in many occasions it is said to be the best therapy in life. There is something about music. It can take you to a specific place or time, can make you happy, and sometimes unbelievably sad. Music is a powerful and beautiful piece of life that we have and when you find that one special song, there is only one thing to be done. You Marathon it. Capital M because #awesome. One of the best things about being able to Marathon a song, is that it can be interchangeable. You never have to stick with one song for the rest of your life. It is all up to you in which one rocks your socks.

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We asked some of our employees at the Bookmans Phoenix which songs really pumped them up, or just made them feel complete when they were really digging the beat. Their Marathon song if you will, and why it means so much to them. Here’s some of their go-to’s:

Mastermind by Deltron 3030, because I love the part where Dan the Automater says all is well with the cosmos.”

Northern Sky by Nick Drake always makes me feel better. Best of Times by Sage Francis and then I would say Between the Bars by Elliott Smith because it is just so beautiful. That one song encompasses everything that Elliott smith is. “

Caravan by Van Morrison. Preferably the live version from The Last Waltz by Martin Scorsese.”

“You want to make them cry? Daddy’s Hands by Holly Dunn.”

“It talks about the new generation word for word. Selfie by The Chainsmokers”

Gold by Kiiara. I heard about it through an article and now it’s on the radio. Just listen, you’ll understand.”

“David Bowie’s Station to Station, because it’s David Bowie. Self-Explanatory. Also Public Image by PIL, and let’s not forget Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues.”

“Morrissey’s How Soon is Now? The sadness, It’s real. It makes you want to be sad just for sadness sake.”

Today Was a Good Day by Ice Cube but in the song when he says his name, I just replace it with my own.”

Constellations by Jack Johnson. No Explanation.”

“Elissa’s Asaad Wahda. I want to throw everyone off.”

Obla Di Obla Da by The Beatles, also Your Song by Sir Elton John. All the feels for those songs.”

It can be a song that pumps you up, or brings you down to the depths of your emotions. No matter the tune, each person has their very own favorite for special reasons. What is your ‘Marathon’ song and why? We want to hear from you! Leave your answers in the comments section below, and let’s listen to each other’s favorites. Sharing music is just one way that the world goes around!

***Bookmans is your store to explore. If you are interested in an item mentioned here please give us a call and a Bookmans staff member will be happy to check our shelves. Otherwise, we hope to see you soon perusing the Bookmans shelves for all your music needs.

The Mighty Melvins and “Basses Loaded”

Posted in Musical Notes, Uncategorized on 27 Jul by


For over 33 years, the Melvins have covered a wide range of musical territory since their inception in 1983. They’ve never fit into any particular rock ‘n roll category but lean towards the heavier end of the musical spectrum. There’s even a documentary coming out that documents the band’s incredible odyssey from a punk rock band to one of the most creative heavy rock bands in music. They’ve written their own heavy rock musical rules. The Melvins have drawn from the pools of heavy metal, punk rock, stoner rock, noise rock, experimental music and other forces of the musical spectrum.

Now in 2016, the Melvins have released their new album Basses Loaded and the trio have set out on a major tour throughout the States including a date in Flagstaff on August 4 at The Green Room. The foundation of the band is singer/guitarist, Buzz Osbourne and drummer, Dale Crover. In true Melvins’ fashion, Basses Loaded contains some of their unique heavy rock and and also encompasses a number of the stylistic territories.

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Bookmans Summer Video Game News Wrap-Up

Posted in Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 26 Jul by


By C’loni Bailey (Asst Manager Bookmans Mesa)

This summer saw the release of many new games that took the gamer population by storm, including Overwatch and Pokémon Go. Taking the competition by storm, sweeping through schools, parking lots and locking people into their screens, games from Blizzard Entertainment and the world-loved Pokemon Go have people buzzing about. Here are some of the latest updates:

Overwatch

Released in May, the Blizzard Entertainment team-based shooter game was an immediate best seller, drawing in a ton of new players and devastating their competition (sorry Battleborn!). Shortly after launch, Blizzard introduced Competitive Play mode to Overwatch, allowing skilled players to fight in ranked matches throughout a competitive season (approximately 2 1/2 months long) and test their skills against their peers.

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In most recent news, Overwatch has revealed their newest character: Ana. Ana Amari is a support sniper with the ability to heal her allies by shooting them with Biotic Darts and throwing Biotic Grenades. She can also put enemies to sleep with Sleep Darts and boost her allies’ speed and damage with a Nano Boost.

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Delightful Dog Days

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


Bookmans is committed to animal welfare all year long but in July we celebrate the Dog Days of Summer by focusing on our furry, feathered, slinky, scaly friends. All of the Bookmans locations have a wide variety of merchandise to make your pets the healthiest and happiest they can be. Here we take a look at some of the different ways Bookmans can help you with your special pet.

As always, well behaved pets on leashes are welcome in our store, and we see our customer’s canine companions most frequently. Dogs (and all pets!) enrich our lives in a multitude of ways. Endless studies have proven that pets lower blood pressure, reduce stress and many therapy dogs are highly trained to assist humans in a variety of medical, emotional and practical ways. We think that these faithful companions deserve the best from us in return. Bookmans can help you show your gratitude by being the best human you can be for your doggy friends.

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Win Tickets to the “Batman: The Killing Joke” Animated Movie

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Uncategorized on 22 Jul by


CONTEST CLOSED!!!

It’s Freebie Friday! Batman has taught us all that good and bad come in all shapes, sizes, and voices. Pushing himself to his absolute limits of human ability, he’s become the most feared (and loved) hero across the ages. DC now presents Batman: the Killing Joke and is causing everyone to gear up and get ready for one of the most anticipated graphic films.

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Warner Brothers is having a one-off showing only at Harkins Theater on July 25 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. of their first R-rated animated feature staring the voices of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy.

You and a guest can win a pair of tickets this Freebie Friday by answering this simple Batman related question: In the graphic novel Batman: the Killing Joke, what character did Joker play before he fell in the vat of chemicals that turned into the clown prince of chaos?

Respond here to our news feed by Saturday at 11am with your best answer/guess.

The ticket winner will be chosen on Monday, July 25th if there are multiple correct answers.

Good luck and smile ’til it hurts.

Enter the World of Journaling

Posted in Merchandise on 21 Jul by


There are a lot of different ways that people cope with being alive, being human, and having emotions that can be hard to deal with. Some people lose themselves in a game or bury themselves deep in a book to hide away from the day. Others like to write in a journal or the like and that can come in many forms. There are outlets for people who like to journal such as a physical book, online journaling, or even video journals now. Some people even create a following with such things, because even though it is a very private and personal journey, they choose to share it with people who can relate.

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There is something special about journaling. Especially if you are being true to yourself when you are writing. It is completely your choice if you decide to keep your writing forever, or if you immediately throw it away, delete, or even burn it. You can look back on the decisions that you made in your life and learn from your past experiences – or you can just clear your mind by flooding all of your emotions out on paper, or through a camera lens.

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History’s/ies Greatest Bad Spellers

Posted in Bookie Blog on 20 Jul by


When I was in elementary school I was held back. I can’t remember what exactly took place in class to cause my teacher to suggest I wasn’t ready for a third grade education but I remember there was a spelling test, and on that test I had spelled “dog” with two g’s. I’m still convinced I was making a Snoop reference, but whatever. The next day my parents sat me down and explained that I would be repeating the second grade. They softened the blow by reminding me that I would be in the same class as my younger, smarter sister. This was the beginning of my life in the bad spellers group. I spent the rest of my school days a year older than my classmates and repeating the second grade did nothing to improve my spelling skills. I constantly misspell even the most elementary words of the English language. Common contractions like there’re and they’re mix me up. I have to visually imagine the “They” and “Are” and how I remove one letter, a space and then smash them together with an apostrophe as an accessory.

I grew up with every resource my mom could get her hands on to improve my comprehension skills. Leap Frog, Hooked on Phonics and various computer programs gared towards getting your child ready for whatever the next grade level was. But nothing stuck. As I got older it became obvious that my intelligence and my spelling and grammatical faux pas (not making this up I just googled faux pa) were not one in the same.

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I am not alone in this. Many struggle with spelling though they’ve long surpassed their days in grade school. A director of marketing at a company could be notorious for her emails containing countless errors. An environmental lawyer who graduated with honors can struggle daily with whether or not “sentence” has an “a” in it. A well known poetic genius who has cemented themselves as one of the greatest voices of 20th century literature could spell “feel”, feal. Spelling and grammar, though important, are not a direct result of one’s IQ. You can be an avid reader who consumes a book a day and still misspell your friend’s names constantly. To prove my point here are just a few creative geniuses who like me can’t get a handle on the whole I before E except after C thing.

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Ticket Tuesdays — Weezer and Panic! at the Disco


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Ever since they destroyed our sweaters in 1994, Weezer hasn’t let us walk away! Don’t Panic! They’re coming to Phoenix with none other than Panic! at the Disco. This epic show takes place Tuesday, August 2 at Ak-Chin Pavilion. Tickets start at $32 but you’re in luck! We will be giving away two tickets for free. This calls for a toast, so pour the champagne!

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Schoolboy Q’s most anticipated album yet

Posted in Musical Notes on 18 Jul by


I can’t explain to you how stoked I was when the most anticipated album by Schoolboy Q was released on Thursday after I waited for just over 2½ years. I’m not sure when I became a “fan” of Q, but it could have been after listening to his Oxymoron album close to a hundred times. Oxymoron confesses Q’s history of trying to be a father while also being a part of a “hard” lifestyle, but after listening to his new album, Blank Face, I can’t help but appreciate the deeper reflection on his past encounters while making connections to serious issues we see happening in the world currently.

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BOOKMANS POKEMON GO GIVEAWAY!


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Geeking out is half the fun at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange! Which is why we are celebrating the pure geeky awesomeness that is POKEMON GO with a giveaway like no other. If you are not currently hunting pocket monsters in your neighborhood then we behoove you to officially jump on this band wagon and download this fun game on your iOS and android devices.

Each of our six Bookmans locations  will be giving away a geektastic prize pack to one lucky individual. To enter simply follow the rules below.

  1. Take a screenshot catching Pokemon at your fave Bookmans store.
  2. Share that pic on the social media platform of your choosing and tag yours truly.
  3. Tag the Bookmans local where said pocket monster was caught. #BookmansFlag  #BookmansMesa  #BookmansPhoenix  #BookmansSpeedway #BookmansGrant #BookmansIna
  4. Follow Bookmans to see if you are one of six winners taking home some sweet swag.

@Bookmansaz  @Bookmans Bookmans facebook

@BookmansFlag  @BookmansMesa  @BookmansPhoenix  @BookmansSpeedway @BookmansGrant @BookmansIna

Trainers can only enter once. Winners will be selected using Random.org and will be notified via Social Media direct message on Monday by 5pm. Prizes can be picked up any time after 5pm on Monday at the Bookmans location where the Pokemon was caught. Contest closes on Sunday, July 17th at 10pm. 

Happy Hunting!

Bookmans Recommends: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Posted in Bookie Blog on 15 Jul by


In the midst of our famous Tucson summer it’s typical for us to want to read a light hearted, mind occupying novel that allows us to escape those ferocious rays of heat. What you might not expect is to find a post-apocalyptic story to do just that. There isn’t a lot about a barren landscape with bleak promises of the future that take our minds off our desert home, however, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller was the perfect book to keep us glued to our air conditioned couches and avoiding all calls to go swimming.

The Dog Stars

After a flu-like pandemic wipes out nearly all of the words population including his wife and friends, Hig is left with his dog Jasper and a gun totting war vet named Bangley. As they defend an old hangar complete with functioning air craft, their days consist of gardening, scouting the surrounding area via plane and fishing in the river for what few fish have survived the warming waters. Hig is bored and miserable until he hears a voice come over the radio while out scanning for any possible intruders. What follows is the story of Hig as he sets off to discover what magic might still be left in the world. Told in the first person narrative we hear Higs story in his own voice. While many critics have ventured to say this was the biggest turn off, we disagree! It takes some getting used to. The punctuation is off, the voice a little casual and there are absolutely no quotation marks to distinguish the dialogue, and that can be tricky. We encourage you to trudge through these set backs and accept this story for the rare gem that it is.

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I Still Love My Hard Rock ‘n Roll

Posted in Musical Notes, Uncategorized on 14 Jul by


I love catchy hard Rock ‘n Roll from the late 80’s and early 90’s. I love music that makes me want to roll down my car windows, hit the accelerator and belt out anthems to the world. Growing up with bands like Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, and the Scorpions I developed a taste for the distorted guitar and catchy choruses that defined hard rock. Even though I listened to classic metal like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and thrash metal like Metallica and Slayer, I sometimes just crave simple and catchy Rock ‘n Roll that comes straight from the gut.

Rock 'n Roll

As I was browsing through the CDs here at Bookmans, I came upon an album by the band Winger from 1988 and I had a nostalgic flashback to my teen years. I played the CD and as I listened to the melodic and accessible hair metal, I was thrust back into the days of high-school keg parties, scantily clad women and wailing guitars. I thought to myself “Why not write a roundup of hard rock from this period of my youth?” and I grabbed some other hard Rock ‘n Roll discs to write this post.

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Beat The Heat With Table Top Fun

Posted in Merchandise on 13 Jul by


Desert dwellers understand what it’s like to be stuck inside on a summer day. While half the country suffers during winter, us tough skins in the sand know what the months of July and August bring for summer: HEAT! And lots of it! Just last week we had a day that peaked at 115 degrees here in Tucson and who knows what awful heights they reached up in Phoenix and Mesa. Our hearts go out to you sister Bookmans! Even the Monsoon season keeps us inside as we watch fallen limbs and debris float by out on the streets that become rivers for a few hours. However, don’t fret. We have the perfect table top solution for the family that’s stuck indoors; board games.

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Life is Funny – Humor Books

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 12 Jul by


Bookmans is renowned for having a wide and varied stock. Our customers never know what they will find when they walk through our doors. The Entertainment Exchanges alone can fulfill just about any request, even if it’s just for a laugh. Bookmans stores have fantastic Humor sections that are a prime place to discover the unexpected. Our Humor sections include a wide range of titles. Everything from memoirs, comic strips, essays, how-to guides, photo essays, relationship guides and coffee table books make up our acclaimed Humor Books section. With some of the quirkiest and most unusual titles that are wildly entertaining but might not fit into any specific genre. Let’s have a laugh and take a look at some of the funniest and often most honest, titles in our Humor departments.

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Pokémon GO: Gotta Catch ‘Em All Over Town! (Plus Do’s and Do Not’s)

Posted in In Our Stores, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 11 Jul by


You may have noticed more people than usual wandering aimlessly around town staring at their phones these past few days. This is because of the new phenomenon, Pokémon GO – a new Pokémon game for iOs and Android devices. It just came out and is already encouraging gamers to spend more time outside finding creatures to capture, than they have in a decade.

The new mobile game requires aspiring Pokémon trainers to roam the world (or their immediate neighborhood) in search of Pokémon in the wild. The game uses your phone’s GPS to pinpoint the trainer’s (your) location and shows a map of where wild Pokémon may be found as you roam about Arizona. When you get close enough to a Pokémon, you can capture it with a Pokéball by aiming and swiping your screen. The best part? You can take screenshots of the Pokémon you find, especially if they wind up in odd places like a toilet or an office chair. #selfieop

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Find A Fur-Ever Friend at Maricopa County Animal Shelter

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 08 Jul by


I am a BIG fan of having a fur-ever friend and always have been. Boxers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Chihuahuas , it doesn’t matter. I love them all! Recently I lost my beloved Twenty Year Old Shepherd, yes 20 years old! To everyone who has owned an animal, you know how heartbreaking that experience can be. Noel came into my life when me and my daughter had made a trip to the local animal shelter hoping to get a small dog that could grow up with her. As soon as we saw this little fur-ball, my daughter swore that she was the one. Reluctantly like most fathers to their little girls, I gave in. That giving in turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. Her name became “Noel” because of my daughter’s love of the Holidays. For the next twenty years I spent my day to day life with not just a dog, but a new family member. Together we experienced happy times, sad times, sick times, moving from Illinois to Arizona, a lot of sneaking food treats and eventually that heartbreaking goodbye. The last couple of months, she could no longer bark. When excited or happy she would just chatter her teeth. She stayed with me for as long as she could. The morning came that her back legs just stopped working. She looked at me and I knew it was time. She knew it was time. I knew in my heart I couldn’t be greedy, twenty years is a long time to have a dog and I had to do right by her. As she slowly went off to sleep she looked at me one last time and chattered one last goodbye. A declaration of love to her family. After that, I became what my friends refer to as a “lost owner”. I knew that had she still been with me she would want me to go right out and save another, if not fifty more dogs. However, I guess I became a bit selfish and truly could not fathom experiencing another loss like I had felt with her. How could I ever replace what I had lost?

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Bookmans Recommends: Everworld by K.A Applegate

Posted in Bookie Blog on 07 Jul by


The love of a fantasy novel stems from that first time you pick up a book in that genre. It takes you places that you never even dreamed of, never dared to think up and sucks you in so deep that some part of you lives in that world forever. That was Everworld for me. This magical new place that I had never known existed had been around since 1999 and was written by Animorphs author, K.A. Applegate. It was a tween’s dream. A coming of age story about the first signs of love, magic, other realms and of course out of this world creatures. The best part about this series is that each book is only about 200 pages long. A nice little #SnackRead (let’s make that a thing!) for the fantasy lover, no matter what gender or age they are.

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Community Spotlight: The Kinlani Bordertown Dormitory

Posted in Core Values on 06 Jul by


Bookmans is always looking for new and exciting opportunities to help our surrounding community. That’s why when we were approached to donate to KinLani Bordertown Dormitory we jumped at the chance. Not many know of KinLani but we’re here to tell you how awesome this organization is to the students that call these dorms their home away from home. Established in 1958, KinLani was created for the purpose of housing Native American students who wanted to attend public school in Flagstaff. Originally, the dormitory was home to students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade but eventually KinLani began to exclusively house high-school students who would attend Flagstaff High School.

KinLani Bordertown Dormitory in Flagstaff

KinLani Bordertown Dormitory in Flagstaff

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Mariah Recommends: Five Board Games Guaranteed to Score!

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 05 Jul by


It’s clear that board games are not as common for entertainment as they use to be. For some, it’s difficult for board games to grip their attention over the newest PS4 game. Now don’t get me wrong, I love an afternoon playing final fantasy as much as the next nerd but my nerd card would be revoked if I couldn’t get down on some Settlers of Catan. With so much of our time being spent with our eyes glued on screens of various sizes- phone, tablet laptop and TV, it’s refreshing to be able to engage in playing a game face-to-face. Nowadays there are all kinds board games that everyone can enjoy. Gone are the days Shoots and Ladders and Monopoly being your only tabletop option. To give you an idea, here is an epic list of board games that appeal more to an adult audience. 

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