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april, 2019

27aprAll DayIndependent Book Store Day(All Day: saturday) Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Phoenix, 8034 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021


Event Details

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Just like Bookmans, every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. And as you know, Bookmans is more than a book store, we are a celebration of all things community!  To celebrate we’ve put together a day of book-loving events and giveaways for you!  Not only that, but you will be able to shop for Exclusive IBD merchandise. Keep an eye out on our Instagram page for sneak peeks of what we’ll have for sale!

8:30 AM     Very Important Book Lover (Behind the Scenes Tour) 

Why should kids have all the fun? We invite our VIB’s (book lovers, bibliophiles, or bibliomaniac) to get a unique behind-the-scenes look at Bookmans Phoenix. Your morning will start off with delectable treats and beverages, hosted by your tour guide, Kelly. Then we will take you on the same tour we treat our schools too! Get a look at our back room where your book-loving mind will be blown, as well as the opportunity to ask questions about how we run things at Bookmans Phoenix. After your tour concludes we invite you to shop the shelves with an exclusive discount normally only offered to our staff.

*To participate in the VIB tour, you must enter for a spot Not all who enter will win as space is limited.

11:00 AM     Ukulele Jamboree (Learn to play the Uke) 

We’re not JUST a bookstore! On the last Saturday of every month, we host a free workshop so that anyone can easily pick up a Ukulele and learn a song at the end of the hour!

12:30 PM -1:30 PM     Build A Button 

For funsies! Design your own Bookmans button to show off your love of, well anything! Once you’ve finished your design, we’ll press the 1.5″ button for you to keep as a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

2:00 PM     Meet The Author, Phoebe Fox of MamaFox Books

Phoebe Fox is the author of 4 books for young children, including the award-winning bi-lingual book “Babies Nurse/Asì se alimentan los bebès.” Her book “Up Up Up” won the First Edition Project Children’s Book Contest in 2015. She has a BA in Early Childhood Development from Barrett Honors College and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU. Before becoming a children’s author, she was a first-grade teacher and an elementary school librarian. Fox is a member of the Authors Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators, 12X12, and the Arizona Library Association. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and their three sons.
“I adore books, respect children, and believe in the power of reading!” ~ Phoebe Fox

2:00  PM – 4:00 PM     Free Face Painting 

Receive face painting of your favorite beloved children’s book characters!

5:00  PM – 7:00 PM     Hoot & Waddle Presents

Hoot ‘n’ Waddle is two things. We are the hub for a local podcast network to help promote and grow arts and culture programming in Phoenix, AZ. We are also a small literary press that specializes in collections of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. We are bringing poets, David Chorlton, and Jack Evans to Bookmans for the first time!

Perhaps the greatest hallmark of David Chorlton’s poetry is that it stays with you, the imagery rolling around in your mind, long after the final line is read—until his words are so deeply embedded in your subconscious that it is as if they’ve always been there. Reading T. S. Eliot to a Bird is yet another standout, a stellar collection of poems from a poet whose published work is already filled with collections deserving of such praise.

David Chorlton came to Phoenix from Europe in 1978 with his wife Roberta, an Arizona native. He quickly became comfortable with the climate while adjusting to the New World’s politics took longer. Writing and reading poetry have helped in that respect, as has exposure to the American small presses. Thirty years ago he regarded the idea of “nature poetry” as one tainted with sentimentality, but Arizona’s landscapes and wildlife have become increasingly important to him both as a source of pleasure and a measure of how precarious the natural world is.

In this long overdue collection of poems, Jack Evans achieves what few can: a black and white world, Bogie and Bacall, John Coltrane, Tarkovsky—without a single frame of film projected or note played. Rain is the Hourglass of Memory serves a reader, an introduction, a companion to the work of a great and criminally underappreciated poet.

Jack Evans was born on the banks of the Hudson during twilight years of the reign of Roosevelt II. He moved to a little house overlooking the Aqua Fria when Lesley King ruled the land. He loves music of all types, and film from many places. He believes in baseball and books. He writes poetry, he reads poetry, he thinks poetry, and he shares poetry. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he has performed in venues all over Arizona and from coast to coast since the 1970s. He has also directed a number of spoken word series over the past 30 years and is currently co-director of the Caffeine Corridor series in downtown Phoenix. He lives in that city with his wife Judy, his dog, his cat, four parakeets, and a laptop.

All Day Enter to Win a Bookmans Box

Our Bookmans boxes are hugely popular! We’ll be raffling off several boxes created by Bookmans employees featuring books, movies, toys, etc. that are found at Bookmans. Oh yeah, and there is a $50 gift card!




All Day (Saturday)


Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Phoenix

8034 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021


  1. Steve Conrad April 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I love books and I love Bookmans!

  2. Andrea Luna April 11, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Oh Bookmans!! I would LOVE to be a VIB!!! Please pick me!! I’m the one!! 😝 I adore 📚 and have since I was little! This would be amazing… Thank you for the consideration! Keep books in people hands!

  3. Jared Hutton April 12, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I’ve been coming to Bookmans since I was 15, and now I am glad to bring my son and watch him discover the love of stories

  4. Virginia Lugo April 14, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    So excited for this! Can’t wait to add to my growing Bookmans collection!

  5. Rose Wilcox April 14, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Bookie book book bookmans. Love me some Bookmans. Wondering in the stacks, Jack having a book attack, books and creativity of all kinds to make me lose my mind! <3

  6. Linda Schroeder April 15, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Bookmans is the place to go, it’s the hap, hap, happy place. It touches my soul with all the books I can dive into. Just love to go to Bookmans.

  7. Heather New April 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    I would love to get a spot on the VIB Tour!! That sounds like a dream for a book lover like myself! I’ve been down and out a bit from getting laid off at my work so I’ve turned to my books, revisiting old friends and loved ones again in my two favorite series (the Kencyrath series by P.C. Hodgell and The Dark Tower series by Stephen King). Books keep me sane, they are magic! I wish everyone good luck on getting a VIB spot!

  8. Leon Nez April 16, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Bookmans is awesome. I always visit when I’m in Phoenix. For many years, I’veI been buying books and dvds there, and sell some also. My nieces and nephews still visit also.

  9. Mike Little April 18, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I first started going to Bookmans when I lived in Tucson in the 90’s…currently live 5 minutes from Bookmans Phoenix…I’m there all the time!

  10. BRIANNA HOWE April 20, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Started going to bookmans about 10 years ago at this location and I always walk out with several books!

  11. Donna Coffey April 20, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    I really appreciate and love Bookman’s go there at least twice a week because I broke my leg and couldn’t get there for almost a year now I go alot so I would Love to win Please and Thank you. Donna Coffey

  12. Shawn Legere Dunham April 22, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    so where do I sign up?

    1. Valerie R April 22, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      Sign up with the link below!

  13. Corrina Green April 24, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Maggie Stievfater said that you guys are gonna be one of the bookstores that are selling her new poster on the 27th, is there a specific time for that and do you have an estimate of how many you guys have please?

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