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Last year we had the pleasure of touring the Children First Academy of Phoenix. It was a guided tour done by a student ambassador where we learned the history of the campus, its purpose and why the students love to go there. Immediately we fell in love with the passion of the staff and students. During the tour we noticed they had a space for books but no library. We knew that this spacious upstairs area would be a perfect home for a library to reflect the school’s spirit.
August is Movie Madness Month at Bookmans and Bookmans Flagstaff wants you to recommend a movie, ideally a movie adaptation of a book, for a chance to win a $100, $50 or $25 Bookmans gift certificate for sharing your thoughts. To enter write down the title of the movie on one of our forms at the front counter and include a few words about why you liked it. Don't forget to leave your email address and phone number on the back of the form and *shazam* you are entered in the raffle! We will contact the winners the first week in September.
Sometimes we take for granted most the people and places right in front of us. We travel miles and miles to see natural wonders on our summer vacations when we live just a lunch hour away from the Grand Canyon. We pay lots of money to travel to a book festival or writer’s retreat when we have wonderful nationally-known writers living among us.
Folks will have an opportunity to work with one of those writers for free at 6:30 p.m. on August 18 at Bookmans Flagstaff. Mary Sojourner will lead a workshop for 14 lucky participants. This workshop is already full but please email email@example.com to reserve a spot in the September 22 workshop. If you’ve never heard of Mary Sojourner visit her website and listen to some of her NPR commentaries.
Sojourner was the subject of a recent newspaper article in which she said she edits with an obsidian scalpel. We too had a brief Q and A with this down-to-earth author.
Goblin lovers be sure to hit The Loft Cinema in Tucson this weekend as they present Bookmans Cult Classic Troll 2 at 10 p.m. on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6. Troll 2 features goblins in the aptly named town of Nilbog. That's right. Nilbog is goblin backward. What Troll 2 doesn't feature are trolls.
If you couldn’t already tell Bookmans Flagstaff has a lot of talented folks on staff. We have seamstresses and knitters, writers and critter makers, DJs and pianists. One of those talented folks is our cafe manager Gina Dazzo whose photography currently displays where we feature a local artist every two months.
This photo of a reflection in a puddle of water taken at Zion National Park won Sierra Trading Post’s “Share Your Adventure” Award.
We briefly interviewed Gina about her work. We also hope you’ll come by and check it out!
Hey kiddos, join the club of other young 'uns taking charge of their Bookmans shopping experience. Buy what you want at prices your parents can't say no to. Are you 12 and under? This is the club for you! Check out our video that paints a picture of the perks and requirements of joining.
To sign up, head to our Kids Club page at http://bookmans.com/youthprograms.
Let's get ready to rumble! Tucson Roller Derby's Season 9 will begin with their first bout from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) this Saturday, August 6 at the Bookmans Event Center located at 5120 S. Julian Drive, where parking is free! Make an evening of it with food and beverages along with nail bitting entertainment. Shock and awe are optional but you'll be guaranteed a jaw dropping time. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and don't forget your commemorative button. To make it even easier you can purchase tickets at all three Tucson Bookmans locations.
Folks who took a hit after yesterday's stock market misery should be sure to hit The Loft Cinema in Tucson this weekend as they present Bookmans Cult Classic American Psycho at 10 p.m. on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13. American Psyco features a wealthy New York investment banking executive who hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies. In other words, profiles banking knuckleheads. (We kid!)
Video Dungeon is an all-new series of film programming sponsored by Bookmans. Each month you can see films that never made it to DVD or Blu-ray. Experience these VHS masterpieces on the big screen. We encourage audience participation, from call-outs to heckling. Viewer discretion is advised.
By now we should have you trained! Film fans in Phoenix and Mesa can now enter to see films each Tuesday at the coolest new joint in Mesa The Royale. Each Tuesday five of our Bookmans.com readers will win tickets for two for a film playing at The Royale. That’s right, you too can be one of the cool kids.
Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Golden Ticket from Bookmans! Present this ticket at the factory gates at 2 o'clock on the afternoon of the fourteenth day of August and do not be late! You may bring with you your entire family!
Bookmans is proud to partner up with The Royale Cinema for a scrumdiddlyumptious screening of the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. The best part? All proceeds benefit Kids Need to Read. Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.
Ahhhh a love in summertime -- sweltering, sweaty and sweet! Just you, the bubbles, some bubbly and a steamy romance novel. Question: How often do we celebrate the romance novel? Answer: As often as a true summer romance comes true (not very). Let’s raise a toast to this fine genre and its oft-overlooked qualities at noon this Saturday, August 13 at Bookmans Grant.
Quiet and unassuming Janine C. sat at her own party celebrating ten years with Bookmans so that an outsider would be hard pressed to identify the guest of honor. Janine used this characteristic in her early weeks with Bookmans to lay low and get a feel for the place, but she soon revealed a feisty, quick wit.
This photo of Janine was stolen by her buddy and co-worker from Bookmans Ina because we knew Janine would think that's totally awesome!
"Working with Janine is like working with a black cloud hovering just above the store. Only instead of condensation from our evaporating ground water falling from said cloud, it's a torrential downpour of cookies and smiles!" says Bookmans Grant Book Supervisor Marshall Hart.
It's a wretched thing to wish one's sibling away even after three months of summer fighting fun. Stories abound about the guilt that follows when wishes like these come true and the work involved in retrieving said sibling. On the other hand the stories are fun to watch and one of our favorites shows at The Loft Cinema in Tucson this weekend as they present Bookmans Cult Classic Labyrinth at 10 p.m. on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20.
Filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy-eight minutes and supposedly based on a true story, The Silent House (La Casa Muda) follows a daughter and father who are hired to renovate a boarded-up broken down cottage in rural Uruguay. They plan to spend the night at the house and begin repairs the following morning. But the Teenage daughter hears noises from the upstairs and that is where this haunted house story begins. The Silent House opens Friday, August 19 at The Royale in downtown Mesa.
* by Bookmans Mesa Cashier Supervisor Roland Wakefield
Have you wondered what to say on a date with Don Johnson? How to write a love letter to Bruce Willis? How they got Tick-Tock from Return to Oz the walk? Or why Burke and Hare hasn't been released in the U.S. and whether or not it should? Answers to these questions and more co-exist in the magazine aisle at any Bookmans location.
For years now Bookmans has been delighted to help Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music sponsor Pickin’ in the Pines, Flag’s premier Bluegrass and Acoustic Festival. This year the fabulous family-friendly event will be held September 16, 17 and 18 at Pine Mountain Amphitheater. If you’re down in the valley, this might be the perfect weekend to beat the heat by camping or lodging in the cool mountain pines while enjoying a local beer and quality tunes.
Listen up all you Tucsonan local business junkies and soon-to-be addicts, we are here to give you tips on local fun you can have on a special weekend, when family is in town or just another way to explore the greater Tucson area. We have created a general outline of some places to go and things to do on a weekend that will get you off your butt and explorin’. Some of these places we have personally been to, others are by way of recommendation. We gave ourselves guidelines such as keeping it cheap (we're not giving you a dream vacation) and keeping it loose (We're not giving you a minute-by-minute itinerary). We want you to mix up your routine and have fun while supporting your local business community, which also means frequenting the Local First Arizona website.
It’s time for one of the toughest roller derby crews in the country, the Arizona Derby Dames to face off in the intense semi-final bouts. This match will determine who’s going to fight the undefeated Coffin Draggers in the championships on September 24 and it will be full on, in your face punk rockin'.
It’s time for some reading and writing and arithmetic and many students are leaving home for the first time, returning to the university after long sabbaticals or just coming back to conquer another year of college. Many college students will be new to Flagstaff and the University, and that’s partly why NAU hosts welcome week August 25 through September 3.
Although summer may be drawing to an end, Bookmans continues to offer prizes and fun with our August Treasure Hunt in Tucson. We're offering a prize package worth $155 but there is some work involved. Put all your new school supplies to good use but beware that only an adventurous attitude and local know how will land you this sweet treasure. Take along some aspirin because these brain teasers are gonna be tough but a pot of local business gold awaits at the end of this rainbow.
Clocking at a gargantuan 237 minutes Love Exposure from director Sion Sono (Suicide Club) ambitiously tackles life's biggest themes: love, death, sex, revenge, religion and up-skirt panty photography. Winner of dozens of international awards (including the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival), this bombastic feature film tells the story of Yu (Takahiro Nishijima), a teenager driven to a life of sin, romantic extremes and sexual perversions by his father's desperate conversion into extreme Catholicism. Love Exposure opens Friday, August 26 at The Royale in Downtown Mesa. Tickets are $8.
"Hi, there. I want to talk to you about ducts." We don't, actually, but a television commercial pitch man in Brazil does and you can hear all about at The Loft Cinema in Tucson this weekend as they present this Bookmans Cult Classic at 10 p.m. on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27.
In the early 1900s movies became a popular attraction in amusement parks, music halls, wax museums and vaudeville houses. We have come a long way since the days of silent film and now we enjoy home cinema in all versions. From laser discs and VHS to DVD and Blu-ray, Bookmans has it all and we want to celebrate all things cinema with you as the center of attention! Join us at 2 p.m. this Saturday, August 27 in Bookmans Mesa for our Walk of Fame Day!
What would you do if you were changing out the mural on the side of your building? Project a movie on the prepped canvas, naturally! And that's just what we're doing. In honor of Movie Madness month we've decided to go big. We put the vote to our FaceBookmans and were able to secure your choice for our free parking lot movie night. Join us this Saturday, August 27 at Bookmans Grant to watch as Pee-wee goes on the biggest adventure of his life in the aptly named Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
* by Tamara McKinney, Program and Communications Manager for Reading Seed Children's Literacy Program
If you have one spare hour each week during the school year, then you can volunteer to be a Reading Coach. There isn’t a complicated curriculum to follow or any tests to administer -– the job of a reading coach is simply to make reading fun and inspire students to become independent readers who are excited about what they can learn.
For over 15 years the Reading Seed Children’s Literacy Program has been dedicated to helping children in Pima County learn to read so they can read to learn. Reading Seed supports elementary schools and students by working to:
Lance Preston and the crew of ghost-hunting reality television show Grave Encounters are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. Grave Encounters opens this Friday, September 2, at The Royale Cinema.
If you were terrified to swim in a pool at night or sit on the toilet as a kid, it's probably because you watched Jaws. Revive those good times this weekend at The Loft Cinema in Tucson as they present this Bookmans Cult Classic Jaws at 10 p.m. on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3.
Baristas from across the Southwest will unite at Phoenix Cooks on September 3 to battle head to head for the title of Southwest Latte Art Champion sponsored in part by Bookmans Mesa Cafe. The 2nd Annual Southwest Latte Art Competition is held in conjunction with Phoenix Cooks, a culinary experience for food enthusiasts to learn, cook and taste what Phoenix has to offer.
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