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Holiday Movie Marathon | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Dec by

Are you in the holiday spirit? Holidays are a time full of for family, friends, parties, cookies and eggnog, while spending time watching your favorite holiday movie classics. Even though everyone has their everlasting favorites, I’ve put together a list of holiday classics that everyone can enjoy this season. So bring on the cookies and eggnog and let the holiday movie marathon start now.

Making our holiday movie marathon list is:

Home Alone (1990)
Doesn’t every kid dream of having the house to themselves? 8-year-old Kevin accidentally left behind at home when his family goes on a holiday vacation. It’s all fun and games at first. Until his excitement ends when reality hits that two men have been planning to rob them, and it’s up to him to protect the family home.

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Gifts for the Horror Junkie on Your Gift List | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 07 Dec by

We’re thinking of twinkle lights, Nat King Cole and copious amounts of sweets, but there’s always someone on your gift list that is a lover of all things not so typically associated with the holiday vibes, and therefore we’re here to offer some recommendations for the person on your list that would squeal at a new horror fiction compared to cookbook. Feel free to peruse the following list of horror fiction recommendations as a source of gift giving inspiration for the horror junkie on your gift list.

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Gift Guide: For the Artist in Your Life

Posted in Merchandise on 06 Dec by

Tucson is an artist’s community; with local gems like the DeGrazia studio, The Tucson Museum of Art and with our diverse downtown scene it’s no wonder creative souls gather here. From filmmakers to chalk artists and sculpture geniuses, Tucson has the most unique array of talent. Here to encourage and cultivate the inner artist in everyone is Bookmans! We have the perfect gift for beginners and novices alike.


Our “How-To” sections for crafts, painting and sketching offer the perfect push to get your inner creativity started. Pick up a paper collage book or try your hand at alternative crafting. We have sections for both to make it super easy to shop. Is your special artist more refined? We have painting and drawing books to please even the most classic of artists. Our art sections are no joke, there’s a book for every artist in your life. Read More…

Manuals for Manly Men: Recommends | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 02 Dec by

Our guest reviewer decided to take a look at one of today’s most popular subjects – manuals for the man, or guides for the guy. These are titles aimed, supposedly, at making men more manly or maybe they intend to help men be more like men. Look at any bookstore and you will see countless titles aimed at women, purportedly to help them be better women. Nothing wrong with that – we all want to be our best selves. With the New Year upon us, many will indulge in that annual tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. Here is a light-hearted review of one such title, one specifically for men, Mark Dawidziak’s Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness. This review was submitted by Taylor Birkey who began innocently enough by looking for mustache trimming tips and fell into the land of Self Help. Here is what he learned:

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Bookmans’ Guide to Glorious Gifts

Posted in In Our Stores on 02 Dec by

The holidays are fast approaching, and it can sometimes be a challenge to find thoughtful and affordable gifts for the diverse people in our lives. Dads, sisters, friends, aunts, coworkers, brothers, moms and significant others all deserve different yet tailored-to-their-personality presents. Where can one find such a trove of magnificent offerings all in one place, you might ask? Why, your own neighborhood Bookmans has something unique for everyone. We count down our Glorious Gifts for 2016, sure to impress even the most discerning of recipients. Take a look at these selections and then make a beeline for the Bookmans location near you!

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Deck the Halls this Season During our Month of Merriment at Bookmans!

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 01 Dec by

Tis the season for holiday cheer at Bookmans! From the winter wonderland of Flagstaff to the city sidewalks of Phoenix and the Sonoran beauty of Tucson, all six Bookmans stores offer free events during our Month of Merriment this December. From visits from Kris Kringle himself to food drives and holiday craft events Bookmans has got you covered all month long to get you in the spirit to think about all thing St. Nick and get obsessed with peppermint everything. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the magic of the holidays at Bookmans with events that will tickle your holiday hope and fill your cup with cheer. Fa la la la la, la la la la.


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Santa Claus Comes to Bookmans!

Posted in In Our Stores on 30 Nov by

Santa Claus is coming to town! He’s making a list and checking it twice. Every Bookmans is on Santa’s itinerary this December so be sure to get in on all the merriment. Each store hosts a day of holiday cheer, photos with St. Nick and jolly activities. Whether your home is Northern, Central or Southern Arizona, those eight tiny reindeer head to a town near you. Check out our Events Calendar for all the Month of Merriment festivities!

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Ticket Tuesday Giveaway: O.A.R. with Blue October & Wrabel | Bookmans

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It’s the holiday season and music is in the air! Jam-band music, to be exact. Celebrate the upcoming Month of Merriment with free tickets to see O.A.R. live with Blue October and Wrabel as part of the 96.9 Merry MixMas at LiveWire in Scottsdale. After 20 years together, O.A.R. is once again hitting the road for a tour to promote their latest album, XX. Don’t miss the chance to see these indie rockers in concert on Saturday, December 3rd. Tickets start at $68, but not to worry. This Ticket Tuesday we give away two tickets for a night on the town with O.A.R., Blue October and Wrabel!

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Strange Things Make Great Gifts | Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 28 Nov by

As we move our way into the season of buying, gifting and enjoying, that means you have the perfect excuse to enjoy and discover strange things, but of course we like them all year long. You could say that the unusual, oddball, hard to find, quirky and (dare I say it…) counterculture is our stock in trade. We know that strangeness lurks in every corner of our stores and sometimes it can be difficult to find that ONE specific oddity that you wanted. We want to help you be weird and gift weird this holiday season. We want you to find your personal weirdness niche so we created a Cool New Arrivals section. This section at our East location is right up front because we are proud of our curiosities and we don’t want you to have any further difficulty in letting your Geek Flag fly, especially when time is of the essence buying for the crazy cool cats on your list. We cull our shelves and our incoming titles for just the right strangeness level and we place them lovingly on our “Interesting, Unique & Just Plain Weird” display.  What can you expect to find on our Cool New Arrivals display? Titles that you won’t find anywhere else – not even at that kinda creepy yard sale you decided to check out but only found dirty clothes. Ew.

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Freebie Friday – Tickets to The Musical Instrument Museum & Ukulele

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 25 Nov by

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As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts a Shop Local, Give Local Freebie Friday contest. This series showcases a local business each Friday and offers you a chance to experience parts of Mesa and the East Valley that deserve a broader audience. Our first week took us to Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, our second week we traveled to Downtown Mesa and our third week to Flancers in Gilbert. Four our finale Freebie Friday giveaway we bring you tickets to MIM!

Did you know that we sell musical instruments? We do, and this last Freebie Friday giveaway (of this particular series) takes us over to the Scottsdale/Phoenix area to the Musical Instrument Museum. “M.I.M displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts – performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves. What’s more, all guests are invited to play instruments from around the world in the Experience Gallery. They can also see instruments from music icons such as John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, and many more in the Artist Gallery.”

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What We Want to Buy this Holiday Season | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 23 Nov by

We are decking the halls around here – and not just with all things pine-related. The holiday season brings with it a massive amount of shoppers, looking for those wild, quirky, fun and awesome gifts. Bookmans is notorious for housing the weird, funky and amazing so this holiday season we wanted to let you know what things we’re looking to buy, and in turn, the coolness that will be in our store for you to gift this season.

The more you bring in the more cash money in your pocket – or trade money? Doesn’t have the same ring but it sure does function alike. Across our stores we rallied our troops to find out what they are looking to buy as we bulk up for the holiday season. Have any of this stuff you want to part with? Bring it in!


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Become a Localist! Local First Membership Giveaway! | Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 22 Nov by

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Since 2003 Local First Arizona has been leading the conversation on the impact of buying local. From their Good Food Finder that helps you find locally owned and operated restaurants in your area to the Local First Arizona Foundation, which helps to build communities through healthy local food initiatives, rural community development and education in business and entrepreneurship. Local First Arizona, or LFA, offers an array of programs and incentives for both the consumer and the local business owner to help shift dollars to the local economy. When you spend money locally, 52% stays in Arizona. That’s amazing compared to the menial 13% that stays when you spend at big box stores. The convenience of shopping at chain stores can be a hard habit to kick. With that in mind here are just a few ways to start buying local, courtesy of Local First Arizona!


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Cookbooks: Recommendations and Gift Giving Guide | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 21 Nov by

It was bound to happen eventually. The nights are getting cooler, the days shorter, which, to most appearances, means that a certain season called FALL is approaching. In the desert we can’t be sure so we just believe what we are told on the nightly weather report, but we buy pumpkins and go on wearing our flip flops. Let’s just go with the assumption that it is fall and say, hey… you know what? I can turn on my oven now! There are folks who live in other places who actually use these oven things quite a lot instead of just living in one.

The enjoyment of food is a thing we understand after seeing the mouthwatering cookbooks we have in our stores. We decided to talk about them because looking at them made us hungry, and what a better time to get gift ideas for the upcoming and inevitable. When we read them we were amazed that we might be able to really make these foods we were reading about. Getting to eat delicious food is fun but what about the cookbook? Traditionally cookbooks weren’t actually cool to look at. Things have changed. Even if we weren’t going to make the food in these cookbooks we might still buy them and put them on our bookshelves – and that means the people they are gifted to will feel the same. We know it.

These cookbooks are eclectic, hip, bright, and pretty. They also cover foods that are interesting. So let’s take a look at what to cook this fall and how to gift the best cookbook for anyone from the diehard chef to the kitchen experimenter this holiday season.

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Freebie Friday: Dinner at Flancer’s in Gilbert Compliments of Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 18 Nov by

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As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts a Shop Local, Give Local Freebie Friday contest. This series showcases a local business each Friday and offers you a chance to experience parts of Mesa and the East Valley that deserve a broader audience. Our first week took us to Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe and our second week we traveled to Downtown Mesa.

This week we head over to Gilbert where we find the home of Flancer’s Gourmet Grub. Where “if you have an appetite for succulent, fresh food, it’s available today at Flancer’s Restaurant.”

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Bookmans “Spotlight On Sound” Music Series: Michael Elijah

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 17 Nov by

Our “Spotlight On Sound” series is a live bi-monthly music series started in 2015 by Bookmans Mesa. It’s original conception was to showcase local Music talent from around the East Valley area. On November 18th at 6:30pm we will be celebrating our one year anniversary with an extraordinary R&B musician. Mr. Michael Elijah.


Michael was born in Muskegon Heights, Michigan (the great city of friendly people). Muskegon Heights is located in Southwest Michigan on Lake Michigan. Some of his favorite memories include the feel of sand between his toes as he would dive into the cool waters of Lake Michigan. He was born into a musical family where his dad would gather his brothers and him around and they would enjoy all of the Motown hits, especially the Temptations. The Temptation’s were his father’s favorite group. Read More…

The Perfect Continuation: Avalanches Review – Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in Musical Notes on 16 Nov by

I remember the first time I heard of The Avalanches. It must have been 2003 because I was just starting to let my hair grow long. My dad was sitting at the computer talking to his Volkswagen buddies, ruminating and conversing about the intricacies between models and small details that the average person wouldn’t notice. When he wasn’t looking for parts or giving advice to newbies he would frequent the rant section of the imageboard. Someone must have posted a link to the video of Frontier Psychiatrist and my dad ended up liking it though he never listened to the rest of the album. He called me over and we watched it together and I was enamored. I had to see what else this group made.


I scourged and scraped, searched the internet until I came upon the video we had watched. He couldn’t remember anything about the video other than it was funny and that he liked it. I think I watched Frontier Psychologist six or seven times and soon after found the video to Since I Left You. I binge watched that as well. I bought a copy while we were in town, somewhat of a treat to someone who came from a small town. We didn’t have a record shop and the only music accessible was what was available at Walmart. Read More…

Home Alone In Concert Ticket Tuesday Giveaway – Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 15 Nov by

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Tucson Symphony Orchestra or TSO is the first professional symphony orchestra in the Southwest. TSO is the longest continuously performing professional arts organization in Arizona, where it impacts more than 130,000 lives each year. The TSO infuses $20 million into the economy of Southern Arizona annually and employs over 75 professional musicians who live in Tucson and perform here and throughout the state.  The vision of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is a community where music brings people together across all boundaries for inspired living. The mission is to engage, educate and transform our community through live musical experiences of the highest quality. Bookmans, in partnership with Tucson Symphony Orchestra, is giving away two pairs of tickets to Home Alone In Concert at the Tucson Music Hall.

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Watchmen Comic Review – Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 14 Nov by

It’s interesting to see how comic book culture has become such a commodity in this day and age. If you look back into the past, it was merely “geek” culture. A medium of expression for individuals trying to find an escape in a world that continuously bombards them with monotony and banality. I remember when society deemed comic books to merely be a “childish” pleasure and that it had no literary merit.

I’ve read many comics that I would consider to have “literary merit” and should be considered classics. One comic book series comes to mind when it comes to a literary classic, it’s called Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons.


You probably remember the film that came out circa 2009. It wasn’t bad, to say the least, but it doesn’t truly grasp the sheer philosophical intensity that the comic book series has within its pages. In my honest opinion, I believe that Watchmen is one of the greatest comic books ever to be written. Completely destroying the concept of the obligatory superhero story. Read More…

Freebie Friday Series: Shop Local In Downtown Mesa – Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 11 Nov by

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As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts a Shop Local, Give Local Freebie Friday contest. This series showcases a local business each Friday and offers you a chance to experience parts of Mesa and the East Valley that deserve a broader audience. Last week took us to Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe.

This week takes us to beautiful Downtown Mesa where we are VERY excited to offer you a chance to #shoplocal in Downtown Mesa! We currently have $30.00 in gift cards to help you do just that! With over 100 participating businesses, from restaurants, to museums, to auto shops, recipients will get exactly what they want. These gift cards are perfect for out-of-town visitors or anyone who wants to discover and enjoy the Downtown area.

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Anthrax Brings a Major Mosh To Flagstaff: Review – Bookmans- Written by Paul Lee

Posted in Musical Notes, Uncategorized on 10 Nov by

I’ve been an Anthrax fan for years and I’ve followed their rise to fame since their first album Fistful of Metal in 1984. I remember well when the band released this early thrash classic with it’s garish and cover with a guy’s face being destroyed by a spiked fist. I had just gotten into Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All and then Fistful of Metal arrived on the scene and floored me. From the get go, things were looking bright for Anthrax and their rise to world domination was assured.

A promo shot of the mighty Anthrax

It’s unbelievable to think that Anthrax has been unleashing their brand of thrash metal since the nascent days of the thrash movement in 1982. Its now been 35 years since this crew of fierce New Yorkers have dominated the global metal scene and there’s still no stopping them.


After Fistful of Metal, the band continued to release a string of killer albums. There were classics like Spreading The Disease (1985), Among The Living (1986) – which purportedly coined the term “mosh” from the song “Caught In A Mosh” – and Persistence of Time (1990) which featured a blistering cover of Joe Jackson’s “Got The Time.” Anthrax continued to set the world afire with their uniquely heavy (and catchy) songs. Read More…

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