About Bookmarks

Bookmarks is a literary arts organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. Our programming connects readers and authors and includes: an annual Festival of Books, an Authors in Schools program, and year-round events in our community gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore. 

A Letter to Authors from Bookmarks
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About Bookmarks

The Winston-Salem based literary nonprofit produces the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, an Authors in Schools program reaching 7,000 students of all ages each year, and a series of events with bestselling and award-winning authors throughout the year. In its 13 years in existence, Bookmarks has brought more than 600 authors, illustrators, and storytellers to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Authors come from around the region, country, and the world. Collectively, Bookmarks' authors have won hundreds of awards from dozens of countries, including more than 100 honorary degrees, Emmy, James Beard, Grammy, PEN, Agatha, Edgar, and NAACP Image Awards.

Bookmarks has hosted winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, American Book Award, National Medal of the Arts, Lincoln Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Coretta Scott King Award, Newberry Award, and a United States Poet Laureate. Bookmarks authors have written more than 1,000 New York Times, national and international bestsellers, and have spent more than 40 years on The New York Times bestseller list.


Bookmarks Awards

At the Opening Welcome Celebration for Authors, Sponsors and Volunteers on September 9, 2016, Bookmarks announced the winners of their three annual awards:

Jane Jester, Betsy McNeer, and Kathy Pounds, librarians at Summit School, are the 2016 winners of the Bookmarks Authors in Schools Educator Award, which is given to an advocate for reading and inspiring students to make the life-changing discoveries found in books. As librarians, they have helped us expand our Authors in Schools’s program by hosting two authors in schools events, supporting and promoting our Summer Reading Program, and in the fall will be hosting our first book fair at a school. They think outside the box to reach young people and help get them excited about reading.  

Bonnie Doerr is the winner of the 2016 Bookmarks Literary Achievement Award, which honors an individual whose writings and/or service represent artistic achievement and meritorious contributions to community and humanity.  Bonnie taught reading and writing skills to kindergarteners through college age students for more than 30 years. She is the author of an eco-mystery series for middle grade readers and one of our favorite speakers for our Authors in School program. She has spoken at 10 schools for us in recent year and hopefully will continue to do so for years to come.  

Anne Cannon is the winner of the 2016 Debora D. and Victor F. Harlee, Jr. Volunteer Award, which is given to an exceptional volunteer. Anne has triple digits of volunteer sign up hours, and is the first to respond to our inquiries for help — despite working a full-time job — and has learned every volunteer job there is. She comes to our events even when she is not volunteering, and is always excited about the next event and the new author. Her calm enthusiasm, her laugh, her amazing knowledge of books, and her quick wit are contagious - in the very best of ways.  

Recipients of the 2016 Bookmarks Authors in Schools Educator Award 

 Recipient of the 2016 Bookmarks Literary Achievement Award      Recipient of the 2016 Debora D. and Victor F. Harlee, Jr. Volunteer Award 

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on Bookmarks Festival Day