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Seeking Focus Group Participants

Posted in Uncategorized on 28 Feb by


We want to hear from you. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange seeks customers for a focus group about our stores. You love Bookmans, or maybe you don’t. Time tell us why. Please complete the form below to apply for our Focus Group. Participants will be compensated for your time with trade credit. The location and time for the focus group has yet to be determined.

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6 Reasons We Love to Read

Posted in Bookie Blog on 27 Feb by


By now it’s well known we celebrate Love of Reading month. We made lists of our top selling, best loved and “wish you’d read it” books. Beyond recommended reading lists, the fundamental reason why we love to read hasn’t yet been addressed. Sure, the fact that it helps prevent Alzheimer’s is a definite plus and, okay, better analytical thinking may come in handy, someday. Reading also expands our vocabulary, enhances our memory and improves our reasoning skills, but let’s face it, none of us read for these reasons. What is it about getting lost in a book that captivates us? The employees of Bookmans Ina offers up their reading motives.

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Pokémon for All with Zoe Bossiere

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 Feb by


A staple of the Bookmans Grant community is our Pokémon MeetUp. Every Sunday for the past two years, people gather in our community room to battle and discuss everything Pokémon related. Anyone walking by the meeting room knows that it is still going strong. The event was started by Zoe Bossiere, the official Pokémaster at Bookmans. We chatted with Zoe between helping kids at the MeetUp about her love of the game.

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Rare Handy Mandy Available

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 25 Feb by


Bookmans Speedway debuted a special rare book collection during Love of Reading month that took us all back to our childhood. The collection of children’s books by Ruth Plumly Thompson with illustrations by Jno R. Neill is founded on and continues the famous Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. We categorize this collection under Children’s Books by habit but these exemplary finds appeal to all ages and types of readers. Most of the books in this collection flew off our orange shelves, but we have one book left — Handy Mandy.

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Bookmans Recommends: Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

Posted in Bookie Blog on 24 Feb by


Whether it is a picture book featuring a caboose named Katie or spooky chapter books ala R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, everyone has a story that introduced us to the thousand lives lived in the worlds of books. It may not be our favorite novel now. Like most first loves, we grow out of them, but those stories are still very much a part of our makeup. For me that book is Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech. For Love of Reading month, I celebrate Creech’s story of Zinny and her adventures in Bybanks, Kentucky.

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Explore Arizona in Books

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 23 Feb by


Bookmans has many and varied loves with the deepest of soft spots for Arizona and all its troubles and trappings. We are a complex state geographically, politically and socially. We can’t think of a better way to embrace Love of Reading month than to explore our own back yard.

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Book Review: Skeleton Crew by Deborah Halber

Posted in Bookie Blog on 20 Feb by


Reviewed by Darcy Short

As Deborah Halber points out in her new book The Skeleton Crew, America has a shocking number of unidentified human remains sitting in storage in morgues. It is difficult for police to connect bodies to identities when clothes and wallets have been removed, so it is not uncommon for human remains to languish in storage and cold case files. With the rise of the Internet, civilian helpers have stepped up to help match remains to identities and close some of these cold cases.

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Top 10 Books We Wish Customers Would Request

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 19 Feb by


The country may be focused on Love of Reading this month, but for Bookmans peeps it’s ALWAYS Love of Reading time. We recently posted our customers’ most requested titles, all of which are excellent requests. Working among books all day, every day, we are entrenched in great titles with no restrictions about hot new releases, critical acclaim or movie tie-ins. Bookmans Speedway asked employees to name their top 10 books we wish customers would request. These are not necessarily our personal favorite titles (listing those would take way too long), but novels we most want to recommend or believe are unsung heroes of literature.

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Megan’s Love of Reading Book Recommendations

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 18 Feb by


By Megan Maiden, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

By some act of voodoo and happenstance, I managed to read several books for Love of Reading month. Being a mom to two kids and several animals, I don’t know how this happened! I won’t question the why, but I will share my new favorite books and some oldies but goodies as my Love of Reading book recommendations.

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Ticket Tuesdays — Zap Mama and Antibalas

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 17 Feb by


**CONTEST CLOSED**Collaborating for the first time on tour, Marie Daulne’s international polyphonic vocal group Zap Mama and America’s premier Afrobeat band Antibalas come together to create a melange of contemporary Afro music. This epic concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24 in Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theatre. Tickets are on sale now, but you’re in luck! This Ticket Tuesday we give away two tickets for this evening of amazing music.

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Ticket Tuesdays — Rock Bottom Remainders

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 17 Feb by


***CONTEST CLOSED***

We purchased an extra set of tickets to the Tucson Festival of Books’ Rock Bottom Remainders Concert – A benefit for literacy and are passing them along to a Bookmans.com reader. You do not want to miss this group of award-winning authors who will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center’s Grand Ballroom to kick-off the 7th Annual Tucson Festival of Books. This extraordinary experience for book lovers also supports literacy programs in Southern Arizona.

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Global Divestment Day

Posted in Community Events, Core Values on 16 Feb by


The 13th of February typically means buying candy hearts and preparing declarations of love and devotion for that special someone in your life. While we enjoy seeing blissful couples come together to show their appreciation for one another, February 13 also marks a different kind of declaration in of itself — to divest from fossil fuels. Green minded individuals flooded social media with videos showcasing how they commit to divest from fossil fuels and invest in the planet in celebration of Global Divestment Day. This world-wide campaign was celebrated in Flagstaff with the Divestival at Heritage Square. Community partners and local businesses joined in on the fun making for this celebration.

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#28DaysofBlackCosplay

Posted in Community Events, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 13 Feb by


By C’loni Bailey, EEC Manager for Bookmans Mesa

In recognition of Black History month, #28DaysofBlackCosplay is trending in the Twitterverse as well as on Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram. We immensely enjoy seeing pictures of everyone’s favorite Black cosplayers each day. Initiated by prolific cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch, @princessology on Twitter and PrincessMentalityCosplay on Facebook, the hashtag exploded with the enthusiasm of the cosplay community, bringing attention to amazing Black cosplayers all over the world. Black cosplayers are often overlooked by the mainstream and #28DaysofBlackCosplay is a welcome expression of inclusiveness in this creative hobby. The hashtag has gained momentum, garnering attention from popular geek news sources like Anime News Network, as well as support from Image comics and the Nerdist.

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10 Ways to Get Your Children Reading

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 12 Feb by


Reading readiness is one of the most valuable parts of a child’s development. With the influx of electronic attention grabbers this isn’t as easy a process as it may have once been. Whether your children are beginning their reading journey or they’ve already launched, your whole family can benefit from and enjoy a variety of reading activities. This list of 10 ways to get your children reading can get you started.

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Bookmans Top 10 Best Sellers

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values, Merchandise on 11 Feb by


To help our customers celebrate their love of reading, we polled our employees to create a list of Bookmans Top 10 Best Sellers for this year. These books have already made a big impact in 2015 or continue to ride their best-selling tide. These books are what you, your neighbors and your friends ask for at our customer service desk. In true Bookmans fashion, these aren’t in any particular order and the list best reflects Bookmans Speedway because that’s where we did the poll.

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6 Ways to Treat Yourself on Valentine’s Day

Posted in Merchandise on 10 Feb by


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and as all the blissfully happy couples make reservations for romantic dinners and “surprise” each other with roses, chocolate or whatever it is you get boys (ties?), some of us are left without a date to the dance. That’s totally cool by the way, we’ll keep being awesome. This V-day, when stupid cupid hasn’t made his mark on you, Bookmans has plenty of ideas for great dates that are sure to help you fight off the Valentine-less blues. Here are six ways to treat yourself on Valentine’s Day to get you started.

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Love of Reading Seussabrations


February is all about our Love of Reading. The spark that ignited many a book loving flame comes along when we are very young in the form of an imaginary rhyming world where lessons are plentiful and anything is possible. This is in the magical books of Dr. Seuss! The perfect way to share our infatuation with books is to honor this special children’s author. Additionally, our Seussabrations lead up to Read Across America Day on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

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Origami Art: Get Crafty with Bookmans Mesa

Posted in In Our Stores on 06 Feb by


What is origami? How is it done? What is it for? These may be questions you ask yourself whether your art level is a beginner or advanced. We had room for all at Bookmans Mesa’s last craft night featuring the art of origami.

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Star Wars Comics at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in Merchandise on 06 Feb by


Bookmans Speedway customers have discovered our new Geek Zone with its Geek-a-rific wonderland of action figures, role playing games, graphic novels and comic books, but we didn’t stop there. We recently expanded the comic books, refining the department. Marvel and DC comics have been separated for easier shopping and a special Star Wars section has been created. Star Wars is hotter than ever and we love it too! That is why we gave our customers the chance to browse specifically for Star Wars comics and collectibles.

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Whovian’s Doctor Who Heaven

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise, Reel Chat on 05 Feb by


All hail 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 1963 — a holy date in the world of Whovians. That is the date of the first episode of Doctor Who aired. We were never the same. For the seven people on planet Earth who do not know what Doctor Who is, let us explain. Doctor Who is a television series by BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in which a rogue time lord explores the universe in his TARDIS. TARDIS, Time and Relative Dimension In Space, looks like a blue British Police Box. TARDIS is not an “it” but a “who” as TARDIS is sentient. Tomes have been written on the impact, history and social relevance of the popular show and its success has is equally powerful today. Bookmans Speedway has plenty of Doctor Who merchandise for the devout Whovian, including a collection of Doctor Who books, collectables, DVDs and magazines.

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