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Now in its fourth year Tucson Festival of Books started big and only got bigger. Over two days TFOB offers hundreds of opportinities to look, do, learn. Bookmans will be there in our largest tent to date -- 1,200 square feet of stuff we like including rare books and children's books, plus tote bag decorating for the young 'uns. We're also trying something new. We're deploying a "reporter" (some yahoo we found lurking around) to check out seminars, exhibits and discussions as well as food and performances.
"Where do you get all of this stuff?" We get that a lot. The answer is always the same, "It comes from customers like you." Right now we're looking to fill our soon-to-open Recreation Exchange and could use team sports equipment. If you have basketball, baseball, football, soccer, volleyball or other team sports equipment that you no longer use, we'd love to see it come over our trade counter. Our other expanding area of need is musical equipment. We are looking for any and everything -- brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion, acoustic, electronic, accessories, you name it! If you check out our new musical instrument sections you'll see tons of guitars. Don't let that stop you from trading yours in. They sell quickly and we need you to restock!
The process for trading sporting, recreation and musical goods is the same as for books, DVDs, CDs and video games. Here's a quick refresher:
One of the first blues festivals of the calendar year in the U.S. is Blues Blast 2012 on March 10. Bookmans Ticket Tuesday fans get first dibs at free tickets! The Phoenix Blues Society is proud to bring Blues Blast 2012 to the Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix (located at 200 East Moreland Street).
Congratulations to Cortez High School for winning the $15,000 grand prize in the 2012 Bookmans School Challenge -- our first ever high school winner! Over the past several months Cortez High School in Phoenix vigorously turned their attention and efforts to the School Challenge in a successful attempt to win the no-strings-attached, unique funding opportunity provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. Manzo Elementary School in Tucson and Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy in Flagstaff are also big winners collecting $3,000 each for their deserving projects.
Rain or shine the Phoenix Blues Society will bring the best in Blues to Downtown Phoenix for Blues Blast 2012 this Saturday, March 10. Last year we saw the end of an era as at the Mesa Amphitheater; 2012 brings us a new tradition at the Margaret T. Hance Park. Phoenix Blues Society President Kyle Deibler says that the move was based on a few factors. "Easy access by car and light rail contributed to the choice of venue and we look forward to producing a family-friendly, secure event in the middle of the city with support from the Arizona Rangers and the Phoenix Police Department."
Competitive, full-contact, adrenaline-filled, hard-hitting action! And women only! The Arizona Derby Dames (AZDD) return to the coliseum with fresh faces and new strategies in bout four of season seven on Saturday, March 24. Top-ranked Runaway Brides face the Schoolyard Scrappers in an attempt to maintain their position in first place. The Coffin Draggers hope to continue their undefeated season against the Brutal Beauties on the only banked track in Arizona.
Studentst at Mount Elden Middle School (MEMS) who read for three straight hours this Friday will receive a free gift from Bookmans. We look forward to joining the MEMS students while they read, taking pictures and giving awards. The event, spearheaded by the sixth grade, benefits the school's literacy incentive program.
R.L. Stine tells us that if you are a writer, your children will be nonreaders. He offers his son as an example. His son read book after book of Garfield cartoons but nary a Goosebumps. When we suggested Stine was putting us on about his son not reading his work he says, "That's something nice people like you say." Puzzling this over, we asked what types of literature Stine enjoyed as a boy and his response was, "Comics." Specifically he read horror comics and Mad (before it was a magazine). Later he tells us his son's major in college was English and the picture is complete. Stine's son is every bit the reader Stine is and so were each one of us sitting with him at the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) Author Dinner.
R.L. Stine fan Yvette (@BookmansPhoenix) poses with the acclaimed author of horror fiction for young readers.
We do more than our share of reading around this place and curses to Kevin Hearne, Cherie Priest, Angela Knight, Cynthia Garner and Yvonne Navarro for making us desire immortality so that we might find the time to read all the books they've written. Where the Paranormal Hits the Pavement: Urban Fantasy at Tucson Festival of Books mediated by Mark McLemore gave us access to the Urban Fantasy writer's mind, which didn't pervert ours as much as one might think. Why? Because they are funny and unapologetic. Also because Knight curses like a sailor and our little brains haven't developed much since middle school.
We're using this photo of McLemore because we like pictures but don't want to show favor to one of the authors or violate the copyright of any images -- and also because Mclemore's money shot from Arizona Public Media is really sorta fantastic.
Time to spring clean the cobwebs in your brain and get to a real adventure -- the Bookmans Phoenix Edition of Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty! In February we hid the treasure at brand new and shiny Rivera Beauty on Roosevelt, but where, oh where, could it be this time?
St. Patricks Day in Flagstaff is a fun affair, full of whiskey drinking, bagpipe playing, lovely ladies dancing and all kinds of rowdy snake-free joy! We have two hot picks for you depending on your taste. If you are young-at-heart and want to get crazy, we suggest the Knockabouts at Charlie's Pub from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21. If you need to pre-funk, there will be whiskey tasting and bagpipes beginning at 6 p.m.
If you are more sedate, hate cover charges and are a true Irish whiskey snob, head to Uptown Billiards where you can get rowdy without the college crowd. The Fionn McCool Celtic Band, including recent Viola Award music award winner Kari Barton, will get going around 9 p.m. Slainte!
Starting March 29 The Phoenix Film Festival will celebrate its 12th anniversary and plans their biggest and best festival yet. Bookmans Ticket Tuesday fans have a chance to win Full Festival Passes (valued at $150 per ticket) to what has been named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. Festival pass holders have the opportunity to get tickets to any films they chose throughout the Festival excluding Opening Night.
Meet Kathy Cano-Murillo, local award-winning artist and novelist. Known for her line of Crafty Chica products and celebrating her Mexican-American culture, Crafty Chica makes it her mission to share ideas to inspire. Through her love of glitter, art and writing she brings sparkle to the dry landscape of the Arizona desert. Kathy agreed to share with us news of her upcoming tour of Crafty England, finding inspiration and Waking Up in the Land of Glitter. Once we came down from our crafty-crush high, we were able to post that news here to share with you.
Her motto for life is, "Crafts, drama and glitter."
Push up your glasses, hike up your pants and get your pocket protectors ready because this Saturday Tucson Roller Derby is kickin' it Revenge of the Nerds style. All you Poindexters, Boogers and Gilberts listen up because the ladies of Tucson Roller Derby have brains and brawn and will flex their muscles all the way to first place. Check out these deadly divas starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the Bookmans Event Center, 5120 S. Julian Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at any Bookmans location. These femme fatals pull no punches but as always these bouts are family friendly.
Who among us doesn't hail from a fractured family of some sort? Those families featured in Fractured Families in Fiction at Tucson Festival of Books moderated by Robin Shambach are fractured slightly more than average. Tayari Jones, Victor Lodato, Lisa Tucker and Diana Abu-Jaber discuss how they reveal secrets, share multiple perspectives to shape a story and use the role of place in their novels.
Our butts have gone numb from being on the edge of our seats, for a year and a half, after the season four finale of AMC's Mad Men. The extended hiatus was due to complications cited as "non-cast negotiations". Mad Men is a four-time Emmy award-winning television drama based on the fictitious advertising agency Sterling Cooper set in the early 1960s in Manhattan. We can't keep the DVD box sets in the stores they're so hot. We wait with bated breath and drinks in hand for the two-hour season premiere on Sunday, March 25.
"May the odds be ever in your favor" this Ticket Tuesday because we are giving some boss tickets to the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games. We are beyond excited to receive these tickets from one of our favorite community partners Tower Theatres good for Friday, March 23. We have been fans of the series and patiently waited for the movie arrival. This long-anticipated film is based on the national best-selling book The Hunger Games, the first book of the trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay delve into the world of oppression, famine and war following the main character, a young girl named Katniss Everdeen, on her journey to the Hunger Games.
With our new roof and tough employees Bookmans Flagstaff remains open for business today. Northern Arizona University, the Flagstaff Unified School District and many other local businesses are closed after our fifteen-plus inches of snow. If you suffer from cabin fever after a week of spring break and another snow day, please drop in at Bookmans Flagstaff for a hot cup 'o java, a snack and some new books, music, movies or video games. Before heading out, read up about the storm in the Daily Mail.
Our Flagstaff Community Coordinator's Front Yard
The Phoenix Film Festival is a week away and kicks off with the Opening Night Gala featuring the presentation of the Phoenix Film Foundation's Visionary Award, given annually to a key contributor to the community. Past recipients include Dan Harkins and Republic Media for their community outreach programs.
Spring is here and along with all the cleaning, dusting and the packing up of the winter clothes. Now is a great time to take a look at your finances. Join Waddell and Reed Financial Advisor James B. Maginnis at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 24 at Bookmans Speedway in Tucson as he helps you understand the wild world of money and provides steps you can take to achieve all the financial goals you have set for yourself.
Spring is in the air, everywhere we look around. We're giving you the chance breathe in some fresh air, get some sun and find way cool stuff. This month we dish up a prize package worth $105 but as always there is work involved. Get ready to crank those gears but be aware that only an adventurous attitude and local know-how will land you this grand treasure.
Book lovers at Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) enjoyed more than what took place under the white tents, grabbing an author for a signature and engaging in book chat. Festival organizers provided entertainment in the form of expositions and performances. One of the most anticipated performances was from Timothy Fort, the Kinetic King of America's Got Talent fame. As TFOB sponsors, we had exclusive access.
Not really, we had the same access as everyone else. Fortunately TFOB provides excellent access to everyone and we were close enough to the Kinetic King to take this photo of two of Bookmans' favorite young ladies with the Kinetic King on his first-day performance.
Tofel girls Lauren and Carlee pose with the Kinetic King. Youngest Tofel girl, Lexi was elsewhere at TFOB talking books.
We are circling the food truck wagons from 6-9 p.m. this Friday at Bookmans Grant. Count 'em out, ride 'em in, Ride 'em in, count 'em out, Count 'em out, ride 'em in Rawhide! We've rounded up some of Tucson's best food trucks to delight your palate with their cuisines. Their wheels are burning rubber to get over to Bookmans Grant to feed you their fine fare, so bring cash and an empty stomach. Additional free parking is available in the parking garage south of Bookmans Grant.
As part of the Phoenix Film Festival's Opening Night Gala including the presentation of the Phoenix Film Foundation's Visionary Awards given to key contributors to the community (Bob Oldfather and Macerich), we enjoyed the Phoenix premiere film screening of Robot and Frank, which Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies dubbed a "sci-fi heartwarmer". Robot and Frank garnered praise at the Sundance Film Festival where it earned an Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. Such golden stickers aren't always an indication of a good movie and many good movies get missed, but seeing those prize logos is a good tell.
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