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  Plan your Festival experience with the Bookmarks Book Festival app!
Now available from the App Store & Google Play


The Bookmarks Festival app provides everything you need to plan your Festival experience, including author biographies, schedules by day and venue, ticket information, frequently asked questions, and more!

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Available now from the App Store & Google Play!

Listen up! Podcasts to how plan your Festival experience:

Bookmarks Festival Preview: Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #16. Charlie Lovett interviews Ginger Hendricks and Jamie Rogers Southern, both of Bookmarks, about the 14th annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Wnston-Salem, NC on September 6–9. We discuss authors such as Dav Pilkey, Rebecca Makkai, Rick Bragg, Beth Macy, Zinzi Clemmons, and many others.  Click here to listen.

Triad Podcast Network - Bookmarks. It's our first podcast with Bookmarks bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem! Jamie and Beth share several ideas to get you ready for the upcoming Festival of Books and Authors from September 6th through the 9th. Learn several ways to plan out your weekend and how to make it much easier with their new festival mobile app. Click here to listen.

Make sure to visit Bookmarks' nonprofit independent bookstore during Festival weekend! 

We are located at 634 W. Fourth Street #110. Hours of operation:

Thursday, September 6  10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, September 7  10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 8 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
Sunday, September 9 12 - 6 p.m.


Festival Weekend Events & Ticketed Events

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Reading & Booksigning with New York Times Bestselling Children's Author Carole Boston Weatherford  
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem
Thursday, September 6 at 5 p.m.

A leading poet and biographer writing for young people today, Carole Boston Weatherford is the award-winning author of more than 50 books. The fun begins with a booksigning, music, and hands-on activities. Weatherford will read and discuss Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression in preparation for Reynolda’s fall exhibit Dorothea Lange’s America, which will open Friday, September 14 and run through Sunday, December 30, 2018. All ages welcome! Presented with support from Reynolda House Museum of American Art.


A Fiction Reading and Q&A with Award-Winning Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Kushner International Marketplace Ballroom in Cottrell Hall, High Point University, One University Parkway, High Point
Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is an award-winning author who was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her mesmerizing debut Fruit of the Drunken Tree is set in Colombia at the height of Pablo Escobar’s violent reign. Inspired by the author’s own life, this novel is written in the vein of Isabel Allende and Gabriel García Márquez. This presentation in the year-round Phoenix Reading Series will be followed by a booksigning. Presented with support from High Point University’s Department of English


Keynote Opening Event with Zinzi Clemmons
Hanes Auditorium, Salem College, 500 East Salem Avenue, Winston-Salem
Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Zinzi Clemmons’ debut novel, What We Lose, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize. Clemmons teaches writing at Occidental College in Los Angeles and was a 2017 National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree. In 2012, when she moved home to care for her mother who was dying of cancer, she began keeping a diary of the experience. Later, the diary helped her structure What We Lose, which asks complicated questions about belonging, grief, and identity. What We Lose was chosen as a Freshman Read for students entering Salem College. Book sales will be provided by Bookmarks with a booksigning following the program. Presented with support from Salem CollegeLeisure Fabletics Romper Fabletics Leisure winter Leisure Fabletics Romper Romper winter winter q1rwaqT7


Friday, September 7

Lunch & Learn: Slow Living with Brooke McAlary - SOLD OUT
11:30 a.m. | Footnote, 634 W. Fourth Street #120
Sold out ticketed event.

The author of Destination Simple: Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life and Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World, Brooke McAlary co-hosts The Slow Home podcast and runs a blog with her husband called “The Art of Simple,” which focuses on savoring the little things in life. Presented with support from Triad Moms on Main. \


Kids' Keynote Event: Dav Pilkey - SOLD OUT
6:30 p.m. | RJ Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne 

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the wildly popular Captain Underpants book series. Pilkey’s bestselling and critically acclaimed graphic novel series Dog Man, released in Fall 2016, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and has more than 10 million copies in print to date. Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas is the newest installment in the series, published by Scholastic on August 28, 2018.

As a child, Pilkey was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, which was frequently mistaken for bad behavior in class. Pilkey struggled in school and was often forced to sit in the school hallway, which is where he created both his Captain Underpants and Dog Man characters. Pilkey’s books are a magnet for reluctant readers and their humor is contagious for adults as well. 

Tickets Required: Sold Out Event

Please note: any signed books left from this event will be on sale in the Bookstore Tent at Saturday's Book Festival, then at Bookmarks starting Wednesday, September 12. We will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.


Saturday, September 8

Bookmarks Free Festival
Featuring 40+ Authors in Readings, Panels, and Booksignings
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10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Various venues on Spruce, Holly, and Poplar Streets
     Click here to view the Festival lineup!


Summer Reading Drop Off & Book Pick Up 
10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Children’s Area near Winston Square Park
Participants in our 2018 Summer Reading program can turn in their completed passports here to receive a free book and to be entered into a contest for four $50 Bookmarks gift cards.


Demonstration Booth: Book related projects and art will be demonstrated and on display. Get inspired!
10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Spruce Street Parking Lot near Hanesbrands Theatre

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10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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We are proud to host dozens of publishers, indie published authors, fellow nonprofits, and more! Participate on Saturday by picking up an entry form at the Info Booth or Book marks and visit exhibitors to complete. Turn in completed forms by 5 p.m. to Bookmarks to win ten prize drawings!  Click here for a full list of exhibitors and food vendors.


North Carolina Writers’ Network Presents Slush Pile Live!  
10–11 a.m. & 4–5 p.m. | Downtown Stage

This is an interactive event for aspiring writers to get immediate feedback on their work from editors and agents. All anonymous—all live! Want to have your work read? Bring a hard copy of up to 300 words of prose from a single work, typed, double-spaced (with no name) to the Info Booth by 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. program or by 3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. program. Submissions chosen at random. Not all guaranteed to be read due to time limits.


Portrait Artist: Erik Huffine: Free caricatures will be drawn by local caricature artist Erik Huffine.
11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Winston Square Park

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11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Spoken Word: Share your poems or prose pieces. 5 minute limit per person; events will be timed and strict on time limits! 
12:30–1:30 p.m. First Draft: Come share the first draft of whatever you’re working on.  International Leggings Boutique Concepts leisure INC 5 minute limit per person; events will be timed and strict on time limits!
2:45–3:45 p.m. Kids Read: Those up to 14 years of age are invited to share their work. Hear everything from slam poetry to short fiction to fairytales from kids, teens, and adults. Annabel Martin will read from 2:45-2:55 p.m. and Gabe Deibler will read from 3:32 - 3:42 p.m. Please sign up for other five-minute time slots beginning at 10 a.m. at the Info Booth. Note our events are family friendly; please use appropriate language.


Writing Home in Fiction & Memoir: A Writing Workshop with Elaine Neil Orr - SOLD OUTShorts Crew Khaki Leisure winter J qInTA7AY
11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Sawtooth School for Visual Art
Sold out ticketed event.

Home is a complex place. How do we find the courage to get there in our writing? And what do we do once we get there? You’ll spend time writing and sharing drafts so that you will leave with beginnings and middles, whether for a short or long piece. 


Preschool Storytimes: Join your favorite storybook characters in the children’s section at Bookmarks. 
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110

12–12:30 p.m. Author Audrey Penn with Chester Raccoon and his stories
12:45–1:15 p.m. Wild Thing and a reading of Where the Wild Things Are
3–3:30 p.m. Clifford the Big Red Dog and a reading of Clifford stories


A Performance by Authoring Action
2:30–3:30 p.m. | Winston Square Park

Authoring Action youth (ages 13–17) experience the power of the arts and creative writing as a transformational life process. This literary and performance arts organization creates an opportunity for youth to discover their authentic voices through artistic development.


Graphic Novel Workshop for Kids with Jeffrey Brown - SOLD OUT
2:30–3:30 p.m. | Sawtooth School for Visual Art
Sold out ticketed event.

Join Jeffrey Brown for a fun session of creating! Learn to draw Scimitar tooth cats and stone age kids while making cave comics. Ages 8–12. 


Books and Brews with Ladee Hubbard, David Joy, and Mark Powell  
4:30 p.m. | Footnote, 634 West Fourth Street #120

The regular Bookmarks series continues with award-winning authors Ladee Hubbard, David Joy, and Mark Powell! Join them for Foothills beer and a discussion about their books. Free beer tastings by Foothills Brewery begins at 4 p.m. Free beer given to anyone who purchases a copy of the authors’ books from Bookmarks (21+). Just show your receipt!

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Sunday, September 9

2018 Festival Round Up and Parapalooza
11 a.m. | Footnote, 634 W. Fourth Street #120 
Ticketed event; click here to purchase.

Not ready for the 2018 Festival to be over? Join us for brunch and a chance to meet and hear from more than 15 of the 2018 Festival authors. Come early at 10:30 to buy signed Festival books and mingle with authors before Bookmarks Bookstore opens to the public. Over brunch, hear each author share from their work in our Parapalooza. This is your chance to hear from even more Festival authors—and find new favorites! Tickets Required: $35 each or $300 for a table of 10
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12:30 p.m. | Mast General Store, 516 North Trade Street

Celebrate this special holiday for all grandparents and their families with children’s book author and illustrator, Jennifer Thermes, who will read her new book, Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail, in this special storytime for all ages. Presented with support from Mast General Store

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Saturday Festival Author Lineup
Click here for author biographies and social media information.

Fiction Authors: Kelly Barnhill, Edgar Cantero, Christina Dalcher, Silas House, Ladee Hubbard, David Joy, Crystal Hana Kim, Kelly Link, Charlie Lovett, Rebecca Makkai, Elaine Neil Orr, Mark Powell, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Michel Stone

Nonfiction Authors: Anne Bogel, Suzanne Bouffard, Rick Bragg, KJ Dell’antonia, Georgann Eubanks, Matthew Horace, Stephen Kuusito, Beth Macy, Brooke McAlary, Tom Santopietro, Vegas Tenold

Children's Authors: Kelly Barnhill, Jeffrey Brown, Roshani Chokshi, Lamar Giles, Stacy McAnulty, David Barclay Moore, Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Steve Nedvidek, Daniel José Older, Audrey Penn, Aisha Saeed, T.R. Simon, Gabe Soria, Jennifer Thermes, Carole Boston Weatherford

Young Adult Authors: Roshani Chokshi, Zoraida Cordova, Lamar Giles, Maurene Goo, Ellen Hopkins, Tiffany D. Jackson, Claire Legrand, Kelly Link, Makiia Lucier, Steve Nedvidek, Daniel José Older, Amy Reed, Brenda Rufener, Aisha Saeed, Tracy Deonn Walker

Panels: Our Prince of Scribes: Remembering Pat Conroy; Words & Pictures: Graphic & Illustrated Novels; Check Your Reality at the Door: YA Fantasy; Truth You Don't See: YA Authors on on Reality; Our Stories, Our Voices; The Struggle is Real: Navigating Pivotal Points of Childhood; Growing Up Was Never Easy: Historical Middle Grade Fiction; Exploring "The Great American Read", Crossover Books for Teens & Adults; Setting Out to Journey In; What the Fiction? Genre-Bending Books; Finding Home: Stories of Immigrants & Refugees; Books & Brews

Please note Kelly Link, Gabe Soria, and Beth Macy will not be attending this year's Festival.

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