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Tattoos of Bookmans Speedway: Part 1, a Survey

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 31 Jul by

Bookmans Speedway employees have a lot to say, sometimes we say it through images — images on our bodies. Tattoos tell a story, share a belief, or evoke a memory, but mostly they are fun and meaningful. The employees of Bookmans proudly display our body art. Take a look at the fleshy side of Bookmans, a peek under the sleeves and into the lives of the individuals who make Bookmans an interesting place to be.

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Book Review: Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Posted in Bookie Blog on 30 Jul by

Reviewed by Darcy Short

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. is the true story of Huguette Clark, daughter of copper baron and corrupt Senator W.A. Clark. At the time she died, Clark was one of the richest women in the world. She owned hundreds of millions of dollars in property including mansions in Connecticut and California, as well as apartments in one of the most exclusive buildings in New York. Yet she spent the last 20 years of her life confined to a hospital room, perfectly healthy but unwilling to leave.

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Fold Yourself Into the Art of Origami at Bookmans

Posted in Merchandise on 29 Jul by

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Known in Japan as 折り紙?, The word comes from ori meaning “folding” and kami meaning “paper”. Origami began in the 17th century and became popular outside of Japan in the mid 1900s. Since then it spread across the world as a modern art form. The purpose of this craft is to reconstruct flat pieces of paper into intricate sculptures through folding techniques. There are few folds known in the craft, but combined they create a variety of complex designs. One of the most common origami models is the Japanese origami paper crane, which is used to symbolize honor, loyalty, peace and hope.

Origami Crane
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Geek out with MarioKart64

By Bridget Rowan

There are a few things from growing up in the 90s that you just know were life altering cool — Razor scooters, Pokemon, Nickelodeon’s All That. Nothing comes close to the immeasurable awesomeness that is Super Mario Kart. Released in 1992, Super Mario Kart took the world by storm. Selling over 8 million copies worldwide and becoming the third best selling SNES game of all time. When its successor MarioKart64 was released in 1996 my world had changed and a deep appreciation for all things Yoshi began. This completely functioning adult decided to sport a Mario costume, consume copious amounts of Mountain Dew and dedicated an entire afternoon to this awesome game in the first annual Bookmans Retro Video Game Challenge. It was basically coolest thing I’ve ever done!

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Bookmans Speedway’s Bauble Bonanza

Posted in Merchandise on 28 Jul by

You won’t believe what arrived in Bookmans Speedway’s latest shipment of accessories! Think anything but minimalist; think big, think bold, think red carpet. Bookmans declares that color is in and we have the perfect jewelry that defines the term “statement piece”. There is nothing subtle about this jewelry — bright, rich color with large gems that need no introduction.

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Help Wanted: Community Relations Coordinator for Bookmans Mesa

Posted in Job Postings on 25 Jul by

We are looking for a Community Relations Coordinator for Bookmans Mesa and we think you may fit the bill. The Community Relations Coordinator (CRC) is responsible for creating and maintaining Bookmans’ positive presence in the community and store through a wide range of events and activities. The CRC focuses on key customer segments and works to build relationships that strengthen their loyalty to our stores and the Bookmans brand. CRCs must be comfortable interacting with people at all levels, from government officials to educators to customers to business contacts. The CRC reports to the Director of Marketing.

Bookmans Badge of Honor
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Bookmans Flagstaff Goes to Paper Trail

Posted in Community Events on 24 Jul by

The first ever Paper Trail took place this past weekend as local businesses and organizations in Downtown Flagstaff opened their doors to the community’s literary enthusiasts to celebrate the written and spoken word. Bridget Rowan (a Bookmans alumnus) and John Quinonez came up with Paper Trail in June while hanging out in the Bookmans Cafe, where all great ideas are born. They wanted to create an event that highlights the literary community of our beautiful mountain town in a way similar to First Friday Art Walks. And so Paper Trail was born. We couldn’t wait to get involved! With community partners like Flagstaff Public Library and Black Rose, Bookmans was in excellent company.

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Bookmans Summer Kids Event Recap (July 14-18)

Posted in In Our Stores on 24 Jul by

Summertime is coming to a close, but Bookmans Summer Kids Events are in full effect. Check out what we did last week and catch the final weeks of fun and fabulous events. For the full schedule, visit our Events Calendar. Let’s celebrate summer all around Arizona!

Summer Kids 2014
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Crafty Customers Wanted at Bookmans Speedway

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 23 Jul by

Bookmans Speedway is full of crafty customers. You might be one! If you are talented with your hands, creative and daring, let us know, we are looking for your special skills. Bookmans Speedway has a full to bursting crafting department with books, guides, how-tos and supplies. We love to support the artist in everyone and everyone has the ability to create something amazing and truly unique. Sometimes we need help getting started or a hand learning a specific technique. One doesn’t need to be solo to tap into creativity. Social crafting is catching on. What better way to meet interesting people than at an event where others share your interests?

Speedway Crafts
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Ticket Tuesdays — Peter Murphy: “Lion” North America Tour 2014 at The Rialto

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 22 Jul by

People who love dark and dreary music love Peter Murphy, who provided the vocals that linked 70s glam punk to 90s industrial music. Murphy himself has evolved into quite the crooner and Tucsonans will get a chance to hear his new music and a few oldies with a show starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 25 at The Rialto Theatre. Our generous partners at The Rialto are offering a pair of passes to this concert to readers!

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Bookmans Summer Kids Events Recap (July 7-11)

Posted in In Our Stores on 21 Jul by

Bookmans Summer Kids Events are going strong. Get out of the warm weather and cool off with fun and fabulous events. Check out what we did and don’t miss our upcoming awesome events. For the full schedule, visit our Events Calendar. Here’s to more good times!

elsa and evie
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Entertainment for Road Trips and Sunny Days

Posted in Merchandise on 18 Jul by

It doesn’t take much looking around to know it’s summer. The kids are out of school looking for some fun, the malls are full, the dogs (and cats) are panting and everything and everyone is melting. Maybe your family has decided to get away. It is vacation time after all. With the expense and hassle of flying, more families are taking road trips or having stay-cations. Both are wonderful options to the blinding heat of another Sonoran summer, but both have drawbacks. Road trips are fun right up until the first, “Are we there Yet?” Stay-cations often turn into long hours in front of the TV or computer.  Never fear, Bookmans is here! We have all the activities to keep your kids entertained in the car or living room.

Summer Activities
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Break from Summer Blockbusters with Mind Movies

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 17 Jul by

Everyone loves a good movie but a really, really good movie starts with a great story. In the olden days, families gathered around a fire and listened to the clan story teller weave an epic tale of daring do to captivate listeners. Times changed with printing and even later radio became the new story teller, holding listeners in thrall. Radio stories are wonderful because they include sound effects and skilled actors to weave the tale. Eventually, all this gave way to cinema. It sometimes seems as if nothing can compare to the way films transport us, taking us to other worlds and other places. Unfortunately modern films often rely too much on special effects, drowning us with elaborate visuals but leaving us drenched in CGI. We crave the story that transports us by allowing us to use our imaginations.

Speedway Audio Books
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Book Review: Carsick by John Waters

Posted in Bookie Blog on 16 Jul by

Review by Darcy Short

Cult trash film director John Waters hitchhiked from his home in Baltimore, Maryland to his apartment in San Francisco in 2012. This book details his journey. Carsick is made up of three parts; first he fantasizes about the best that could happen on his trip, then the worst, and finally what actually transpired. I found each part captivating.

Carsick by John Waters
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Ticket Tuesdays — The Book Club Play


Check out this opportunity to see The Book Club Play at a reasonable price — free. The Actors Theatre presents this literary comedy at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the Black Theatre Troupe Building, 1333 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. The Book Club Play is a contemporary comedy for book lovers. Watch what happens when a new member is welcomed into a book club, only to sabotage the longstanding relationships of existing members. The Book Club Play is a clever examination of social groups, ritual and the true nature of friendship.

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Dog Days of Summer Pet Adoption

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 14 Jul by

Bookmans Flagstaff was all about the fluffy and cuddly as we continued our animal welfare month with a Dog Days of Summer Pet Adoption. Partnering with local pet rescues like Coconino Humane Association and Paw Placement of Northern Arizona, Bookmans customers checked out all these awesome pets in need of forever homes!

Bookmans Paw Logo 1
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Bookmans Summer Kids Recap (June 30 – July 4)

Posted in In Our Stores on 14 Jul by

Summer Kids Events at Bookmans are halfway over and everyone is getting ready to go back to school. Everyone enjoys our free indoor events. Don’t miss out on what’s going on this July. For the full schedule, visit our Events Calendar.


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Recycled Fishy Craft for Summer Fun

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 11 Jul by

Summer vacation is the perfect time to reflect one what is on everybody’s mind here in Arizona — water! Whether you have dreams of a cool dip in a pool or sitting beach side as the waves roll in, water is the focus of desert rats leading up to monsoons. If you can’t make it to the water this summer, the next best thing may be to stay indoors to create aquatic dreams. With water on our mind, we wrote up this fishy craft tutorial. Because we are always trying to live green, we made sure to use recycled materials where possible.

Summer Fish
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Paws Recommends Five Films About Man’s Best Friend

Posted in Reel Chat on 10 Jul by

Meet Bookmans Flagstaff favorite four-legged friend Paws. Paws was adopted from a shelter by dog lover and Bookmans electronics buyer Cali. Paws never leaves her mom’s side and even comes to work with her. On any given day you can find Paws assisting Bookmans employees at the trade counter or helping a customer find their favorite book, cementing her place as a valued member of the team! What is not as obvious about this sweet little border collie is that she is a film fanatic. From comedy to drama, Paws loves her movies and wants to share with all of you her top five favorite films about man’s best friend.

Dogs of Bookmans
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Mega {Manga} Mania with Pima County Library

Posted in Community Events on 10 Jul by

Geek out at Pima County Library’s Mega Mania event at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus Library. Join Bookmans along with a host of other attendees from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 for a comic extravaganza. The list of activities for Mega Mania 2014 is seemingly endless.

Mega Mania
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