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Bookmans Recommends: Top Five Pumpkin Books for Kids

Posted in Merchandise on 26 Oct by

Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate. The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.” The second one said, “There are witches in the air!” The third one said, “But we don’t care.” The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.” The fifth one said, “It’s Halloween fun!” Then ohhh went the wind, and out went the light, and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.  

Temperatures are dropping, even if just a couple degrees, and that means that Fall is here! Looking for some fun ways to help you and your family get in the mood for hot cups of apple cider, brisk weather and, of course, pumpkin everything? Pumpkin season is here, and what better way to celebrate it than with our favorite pumpkin themed children’s books. If you have kids of your own, or even if you’re young at heart, these books are sure to put you right in the mood for Fall. In honor of the five little pumpkins rhyme, let’s take a look at the top five selections you could find right here at your nearest Bookmans location.

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A Bookmans Mascot: Fox The Chihuahua – Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 24 Oct by

You can find many things at Bookmans, from cult classics to action figures…if you’re lucky you may come across this lucky pup, who calls Bookmans home. Meet Fox the Chihuahua, (of the the many) beloved mascot of Bookmans Flag. With some of his history and adorableness you’ll quickly love him too.

I’m sitting in my office with a small creature on my lap. He’s a chihuahua named Fox Mulder and he’s my little three foot shadow who follows me around my office at Bookmans and on hikes all over Flagstaff. He even walks two miles from home to Bookmans a couple of times a week proving that he’s one strong pup.

After moving to Flagstaff last year, Melissa and I decided to adopt a Fox from a family in Cottonwood. We already had two cats but decided that it was time to bring a dog into our life. It was one of the best decisions we’ve made together. Before I worked at Bookmans, I was a regular customer and I found out that Bookmans was incredibly dog friendly. Even though Fox had some difficulty getting used to the store’s large size and numerous people, he started to find his comfort zone especially when the staff gave him treats.


Fox Mulder dressing up in his most alluring costume at our “Monsters & Masks” kid’s craft event.

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Freebie Friday: Arizona State Fair and More! From Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 21 Oct by

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You may have noticed that the Arizona State Fair has come back into town this October. Maybe you really want to go, but just can’t find the extra funds. Wouldn’t it be great if you and three of your closest friends or family could go for free? How about if you could go for free, and enjoy a show from Gavin Degraw and Andy Grammer? Well you’re in luck, because Bookmans just so happens to have four passes for admission and four passes to the concert for you, absolutely free! What do you need to do to obtain these fair tickets? Keep on reading and you will soon find out.

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Originally the fair opened its doors in 1884, but has been at the same location every year since 1905. 132 years later the Arizona State Fair is still one of the best attractions that comes into town year after year. There has been plenty of famous sightings at our fair including performances by Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hendrix and Nirvana. Joining the ranks this year are none other than Gavin Degraw known for his hits I Don’t Want To Be and Not Over You, and Andy Gammer who has graced the airwaves with such hits as Honey, I’m Good and Keep Your Head Up. If you are interested in seeing them live, and enjoy some good old fashioned fair food, then comment and let us know these three things:

What your favorite ride at the fair is, which Gavin Degraw or Andy Grammer song tickles your fancy and what new fair food are you most looking forward to trying this year.

On this Freebie Friday, answer us these three questions and you could be the lucky winner of not one, but four passes for admission to the Arizona State Fair, and four tickets to see Gavin Degraw and Andy Grammer live in concert 10/28. Take a deep breath, this is real! Comment down below with your answers, and good luck to all.

Winners are chosen using We will allow 24 hours for commenting and winners will be notified via email on Saturday, October 22nd. Comments are moderated and may take some time to appear. Please do not resubmit your comments — one is plenty.

Bookmans’ #40YearsOfFun: Unveiling The First Prize Pack

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 20 Oct by

By now you have heard about, or at least seen, all of our fabulous tweets, posts and images across our social media feeds celebrating Bookmans’ 40 Years of Fun. You may be wondering what it’s all about…so don’t you worry, we are here to not only give you all of the epic details, but to reveal one of our prize packs that you can win! Yes, you heard that right, prize packS, plural.

We love all of our customers and we wouldn’t be around this long without every single one of you. So to say ‘thank you’ we have created this super-awesome interactive social media contest! Keep an eye out on all of the Bookman’s Twitter accounts, Instagram and Facebook pages to see what #dailydirective is required for that day. Each daily directive will give you a hint, clue or question you need to answer by snapping a quick photo, sending a video, or thinking outside of the box. There will be one winner for each of our six Bookmans locations, so if you’re in Arizona, you have qualified to win big! The first thing you will note whilst peering at this glorious prize pack is that it is completely full with epic materials. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ever sought-after items that you could potentially win, key word being ‘some’. We have to leave a little element of surprise!

The items we can discuss with you are super fun and all around free to you (so exciting). Let us add a note that although we are a used bookstore, we wanted to make these packs a little extra special so we have crammed in as many ‘new’ products as possible.


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Bookmans Recommends: Over The Garden Wall

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 19 Oct by

There is a place that many have gone to, but few return from…a dark and mysterious place filled with trees, known as only the Unknown. Where a beast is afoot, pumpkins dance and two young boys are lost. Wirt and his younger half-brother Gregory find themselves wandering around in these woods, without any memory of getting there in the first place. They find themselves alone, but that doesn’t last long as they run into friends, foes and everything in between. This is an October edition of Bookmans Recommends: Over the Garden Wall.

Over the treetops and mountains/ Over the blackened ravines/ Then softly it falls by a house near a stream/ And over the garden wall/ To thee.


Over the Garden Wall is based on an animated short film by Patrick McHale called Tomb of the Unknown. It was created for Cartoon Network’s short film development program. The show opens up with a frog playing piano, spinning in slow circles. He is singing the theme for the show and as he continues, small glimpses of the entire show ensue. This frog makes an appearance throughout each episode as the younger brother’s pet, whose only form of communication is through singing. Wirt, being the older brother, is worry-prone and indecisive, while Greg is all about having fun and being carefree. The two boys wander through the magical and dark toned woods where they come across a woodsman that grinds Edelwood trees into oil for his lantern. He warns the boys about the beast that stalks the Unknown, and encourages Wirt and Greg to leave the woods as soon as possible.

On their journey they encounter a talking blue jay named Beatrice. Sarcastic and filled with sass, she tells the two boys to go visit Adelaide of the Pasture, or as she refers to her, The Good Woman of the Woods. Beatrice promises that Adelaide will help them find their way home, and that she will help her turn back into a human. The three of them make their way through the woods where they meet a plentiful group of characters, of which they try and get directions from. All of them a little ‘off’, including dancing pumpkins that have secrets of their own, a tavern filled with people who all play a roll, frogs that enjoy the art of the bassoon, and the very dangerous and ever-talked about beast. It seems that all of the Unknown’s residences have a way of waylaying the main characters from their quest to get home. The biggest challenge they face though it seems, might not be with the beast himself, but their own will to keep going.

This show is 11 minutes long and has only 10 episodes all together. It is voiced by famous actors Elijah Wood, Tim Curry, John Cleese, Christopher Lloyd and many more. It’s a quick watch that will leave you wanting more, and really thinking about the content after it’s over. There are plenty of surprises, super catchy songs and quality animation throughout the entire show. If you’re not singing about Potatoes and Molasses or about the Highway Man by the end, you have watched it wrong. If you’re looking for this show or any other show you’ve been interested in watching, give any of your nearest Bookmans locations a call. Feel free to peruse our orange shelves, but if you can’t make it in we would be happy to look for you. Now we are off to Adelaide! I don’t know who she is or how she is or when or why she is, but as for where she is, she is where we will go!

Transcending Time and Space: H.P. Lovecraft Lives On – Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Uncategorized on 18 Oct by

There was an amazing, deluxe, leather bound book that arrived in our store called H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction that collected his short fiction and it inspired this blog. Lovecraft is synonymous with the top-notch horror and has been for the last 80 years. Any horror writer worth their salt has read Lovecraft’s work and been influenced by his creepy tales of the occult and mythology with it’s cosmic monsters and occult books that threaten the existence of mankind. People like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker and a host of others have looked to Lovecraft as the master of the 20th Century short horror tales.


Originally I discovered Lovecraft’s tales when I was in middle school after I ordered a small collection of his stories entitled The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Tales of Horror. At thirteen I was already a big fan of horror movies and horror literature but nothing quite struck me like Lovecraft’s writing. His prose had a certain Edgar Allan Poe (who is also a literary hero of mine) cadence to it and in spite of its lofty language, conveyed scary images of monsters and demons that left room for imagination. The scenarios that Lovecraft’s protagonists faced were truly bizarre and unsettling. I can’t say that I was ever really scared but there was always a strange and thrilling element to Lovecraft’s work. Read More…

Frightful Fall: Halloween Hoedown – Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 17 Oct by

It’s Frightful Fall around here and we couldn’t be happier! Halloween is a holiday we seem tailor built to host. We have many exciting events going on in all of our stores, not just for kids, but adults get to enjoy the season too. Check out this website for our events listings to get in on the fun. For your other Halloween needs, we have you covered. Need a costume for yourself or for the trick or treaters in your life? Have a look at our rubber masks, gobblins, witches and that blobby red mask thing. Of course they are all available with Bookmans Trade Credit.

Your favorite entertainment exchange is currently carrying wigs, pirate hats, corsets (in real person sizes), and black capes. After working out a costume for yourself jump to focusing on your house. Let us help you haunt it. All manners of spook-tacular (I wait all year to use that term) Halloween decorations are available. We especially love the normal looking vintage photo that turns into a pumpkin head as you pass by. Bookmans loves to support local artists and we have hand painted skulls and skull art to add to the melange. Do you need a soundtrack? How about some terrible tales told by Poe, yes, good ole Edgar Allen on vinyl. You get to scare the kids and earn some street cred with your audiophile friends. Bobbing for apples is fun but nothing beats the Director’s Cut of the original board game Zombies.

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To Review or Not to Review: Victor LaVelle, The Devil in Silver

Posted in Bookie Blog on 14 Oct by

I’ve felt compelled to write a review of Victor LaVelle’s The Devil in Silver after finishing it two weeks ago. But, for once, I don’t even know where to begin. I spent the first 75% of the book cursing it all to hell. Musing aloud to my coworkers whether I was even going to finish it and then ultimately picking it up again each evening because I couldn’t not find out what happened. Now, having finished it, I feel like I need a support group for the profound sense of “WTF!” I feel.


The story itself is very “A Clockwork Orange”, complete with mental institution politics and a sense overwhelming anxiety. After Pepper is brought to New Hyde Mental Hospital for beating a man up, he’s sentenced to a simple 72 hour “watch,” where his mental state will be evaluated. Why, then, is he still under lock months later? Why do patients keep going missing? Is it really the Devil that’s roaming the halls at night? If Pepper sees him too is he just as insane as the rest of the patients, or are they all unjustly being kept under surveillance? These are just some of the questions that battered my hamster wheel of a brain at night. Each time I thought I could walk away from the book, I just couldn’t. Each time I thought I maybe knew what was happening, I’d rollercoaster upside up and end up scratching my head like a dumbfounded Curious George. Read More…

Bookmans Flags Cafe – Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in In Our Stores on 13 Oct by

Baby it’s cold outside..or soon anyway, so here we are reminding you of our ever famous and delicious Bookmans Flag cafe. Bookmans Flag cafe is a special place where customers of all ages and cultures gather to meet over a hot or iced beverage. Some customers study hard for a classes at NAU while others hang out to socialize or relax alone. Often, you can see some Bookmans regulars playing a game of chess or some other game like cribbage while sipping their favorite drink. Among Flagstaff’s various cafes, Bookmans Cafe has its own special energy and magic. Our staff are friendly and are top notch baristas who make amazing specialty drinks like mocha lattes, green tea shakes and the truly awesome Mexican mochas.

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Before I worked at Bookmans, I was a regular at the cafe. My drink was a simple iced americano which I sipped mindfully while making music on Garageband with my Mac. There’s nothing like getting the caffeine buzz while being engaged in creating some trippy electronic music. I always found Bookmans Cafe to be conducive to getting in a creative frame of mind. Another great feature is when could to step away from my work and search the seemingly myriad amount of books, musical equipment, CDs and DVDs. Being able to peruse the store also made the experience greater than sitting in a self-contained cafe in downtown. Read More…

DragonCon 2016 (My First Experience) – Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 12 Oct by

DragonCon review, from our one and only C’Loni Bailey.

With the ever increasing popularity of geek culture, conventions are popping up all over the place but only a few well established conventions have gained “bucket list” status, including but not limited to the famous San Diego Comic Con International, New York Comic Con, and my personal bucket list convention, DragonCon. After four years of trying and failing to make the trip, I finally was able to cross it off my bucket list earlier this month when I hopped aboard a plane to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the 30th year anniversary of Dragon Con.

Taking place annually over Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, DragonCon is one of the biggest science fiction and fantasy conventions in the U.S. My DragonCon adventure began a year ago when I booked my hotel room at the Hilton Downtown Atlanta, one of five host hotels where the convention takes place. A year later, I found myself in landing in downtown Atlanta and randomly sharing a Super Shuttle with two other DragonCon attendees, one from Manchester, England, the other from Helsinki, Finland. Over the course of six days in Atlanta I met other attendees from England, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, as well as all over the United States. This attests to the international appeal of DragonCon as a destination for geeks worldwide. Read More…

Play Back: String Recycling Program

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 11 Oct by

Bookmans is forever dedicated to finding new ways to recycle and give back. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our partnership with D’addario, you know, the strings and musical accessories you see all over our instrument departments. Aside from continually encouraging our community to trade their old items rather than taking them to the landfill, (in addition to offering to recycle or donate left behind items) we constantly seek new ways to make an impact. With this new and innovative program we’re helping the environment and giving you a place to dispose of those old musical strings you never quite knew what to do with.


You can follow the link here: and read all about it, but we’ll summarize and let you in on the scoop. With the help of TerraCycle, the amazing organization devoted to helping you find ways to recycle nearly all of your waste, D’addario, ourselves and other local music shops are offering bins to turn in your old strings. Read More…

Historical Hotties Not To Be Forgotten – Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in Uncategorized on 10 Oct by

It’s easy to walk into a Bookmans store and see an attractive individual on our magazine shelves, movie racks, book covers or even behind our trade counter/register and that’s just a quick physical judgment. What about the historical hotties who weren’t only visually pleasing but also prominent figures in their fields? Pioneers that broke ground for the rest of us? These significant individuals make us swoon not only for their great looks but also for their great minds and capabilities.


When we think of electricity, more often than not Thomas Edison is the first to mind. We frown upon this, but we won’t go into who was a better inventor *cough-Tesla!-cough*. Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was not only a babe of physical proportions but my oh my Tesla had the hottest brains. Vastly rare and unique Tesla had an eidetic memory, meaning he could vividly recall images with profound accuracy. This meant while Edison was twiddling with wires and scratching his bum trying to figure out how to make things work, Tesla could literally visualize his inventions in his head and manifest them without a whole lot of sketching or twiddling ahead of time. Tesla was a futurist whose inventions surpassed his years. Known to be charismatic, charming and among a circle of very highly regarded people, Tesla is one historical hottie we wouldn’t mind inviting for dinner.

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Freebie Friday Giveaway: The 1975 Tour – Bookmans**CONTEST CLOSED**

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 07 Oct by


Freebie Friday! Two of the best words ever.

Have you heard The Sound? Are you unwilling to Settle Down? You may be a huge fan of The 1975 if you answered yes to both of those questions. If you haven’t guessed already from the title of this article, we are giving away not one, but two tickets to see this spectacular show. The 1975 are going to be jamming away on Thursday, October 13th at 7:30pm at the fabulous Comerica Theatre. The tickets are selling between $45-$100 a piece but we are going to hand these bad boys to you, absolutely free! All you need to do is read on to see what question you need to answer correctly to acquire these babies.

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Hollow Hills for Young Adult Book Club – Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 06 Oct by

Bookmans is passionate about literature and there are few things we love more than helping young people get interested in reading. To that end, we have a Young Adult Book Club which meets several times a year to discuss our latest reads, snack, and be creative. This past meeting Bookmans Speedway discussed Hollow Hills by Ransom Riggs, which we highly recommend. Earlier in the summer, our club read the fantastic Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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If you are unfamiliar with the book it is a wonderful tale whose inspiration was old photographs found by author Ransom Riggs at estate sales, antique stores and attics everywhere. The photography was so intriguing, and often disturbing to modern eyes, that Riggs was curious about their origins. The vast majority of these weird pictures came to Riggs without any context, background or explanation. The often morbid images stood mute, unwilling to disclose their secrets. Author Ransom Riggs was left to create their stories on his own. Read More…

Winner Wednesday Giveaway for Tucson Meet Yourself

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 05 Oct by


It’s a Winner Wednesday giveaway!

It’s finally here! Tucson Meet Yourself or as most Tucsonians lovingly call it, Tucson FEED Yourself. A Folk-Life Festival full of traditional and authentic food and performance, Tucson Meet Yourself celebrates the communities that make up the Arizona-Sanora Region. This is a free event where the only things you need to attend are wide eyes and an empty stomach. Brought to life by UA folklorist and anthropologist Dr. James “Big Jim” Griffith in 1974, TMY has now grown into the beloved community event we know today. Tucson natives and those just visiting arrive in droves to eat their way through the rich cultural history of our beautiful Sonoran home.

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Ticket Tuesday Giveaway! Play Catch With An All-Star – Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 04 Oct by

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It’s a Ticket Tuesday giveaway! Ever wanted to throw a ball with a Major League player? Hit a home run with a Tucson star athlete? Well with MixFM you can! Presented by Tucson Medical Center and Scripps Media, Play Catch With An All Star invites future athletes to rub elbows with some of Tucson’s own. Taking place October 8th from 12pm to 4pm at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Play Catch With An All Star will host three one-hour sessions, two clinicals and one gathering. Families are encouraged to attend and receive help perfecting that curve ball. Equipment will be provided and children can choose between baseball, soccer, basketball, softball or volleyball.

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Bookmans Grant Relocation – Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Posted in News on 03 Oct by

As your beloved Bookmans Entertainment Exchange turns 40 we begin this adventure with a turning of an era. Bookmans Grant is announcing an exciting new chapter beginning early 2017. As we move into a new year we are moving our Grant store to a new location in Tucson. With the closure of the Sports Exchange we are able to recommit to our loyal Tucson fanbase and bring them their favorite Grant store in a bigger and more beautiful capacity – with all the bells and whistles! We know that you may have questions and we’d love to be able to answer all of them, so please give any one of our stores a call. We hope you help us celebrate this new chapter by continuing to shop at your local Bookmans.


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It’s Frightfully Falltastic At Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Posted in Community Events, News on 01 Oct by

Is there something strange in your neighborhood? Did you light the black candle at the old Sanderson house? Is your name Dracula or Frankenstein? Does the full moon cause you to grow hair, sprout fangs and be really, really good at basketball? Well my friend, you are in luck because it is Frightful Fall at Bookmans! All month long we are celebrating the creepy, the ghostly and the down right monster-y as we host free hallowonderful events in our stores.  So grab some candy corn and your “Eleven” from Stranger Things costume and head to your fave used media store for frightenly falltastic fun.


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Banned: More Than Books – Bookmans Entertainment

With one day left in September we figured we would go out with a bang and highlight a bit more banned material. Banning doesn’t apply just to books. The censorship axe can fall on movies, music and video games as well. In fact any form of creativity, expression or entertainment can be subject to scrutiny. What is appropriate and for whom? Who decides?

Call us crazy but we kinda thought that it was up to you to decide what you want to see. It’s this crazy concept called Freedom, maybe you read about it somewhere, like in our Constitution. The root word of the term Freedom is FREE; as in unrestricted and of one’s own design. If no-one is forcing you to listen to that wicked Bob Dylan (yes, his music was banned) or making you learn code to create a people eating alien attack video game then you are good. Yes, we can hear the arguments and some are valid but only when they concern the violation of the free will of another being. We take censorship seriously, and alas the final episode in our Banned Books (and other things) Month.


Here are a brief sampling of music, movies and video games that have been challenged and/or banned. Some may surprise you while others not so much. However, ask yourself why? There is inherent bias in all of us. You might say that you can understand why Marilyn Manson’s Antichrist Superstar was challenged but in the same breath be astounded that Cher was also banned. Cher?? We loved the Sonny and Cher variety show, yeah her costumes were a little skimpy but it was the ’70’s! Read More…

Harry Potter: Fight Censorship with my Favorite Youth Series!

Posted in Bookie Blog on 28 Sep by

Bookmans fights censorship every day but especially in the month of September, we spends time promoting the right to read. In celebration of continuing our freedom to read, view, and listen to what we want, I was looking over a list of past banned books to help prepare an in-store display. Many of the titles jumped out at me as favorites from my grade school self; from scary stories to the entire Harry Potter series and even to Captain Underpants. These were all shockingly on a previous list of banned books.

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For me and a lot of others in my generation, these books produced a lot of emotion and laughter, taught valuable lessons all while triggering a mind of imagination. In a sense, so much that it helped discover an adventure for reading. Growing up the Harry Potter series was monumental to me! I remember the excitement of each book being released, and then begging my grandfather to go with me to be one of the Potter fans waiting in line at the nearby Barnes & Noble. (It wasn’t ever really that hard cause deep down I know he was a Potter fan too.) Read More…

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