Coming Events

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Bookmarks' Book Club

Dates include: June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28
Coffee Park ARTS, 251 N. Spruce Street (inside Milton Rhodes Center)

Bookmarks hosts a book club the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Click here to visit our book club page for more information.  

On June 27, parents and students are invited to join Bookmarks' Book Club for a discussion of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. 

Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan  Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood  A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

Bookmarks' Grand Opening Celebration 
Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

We hope you will join us for the grand opening of our new headquarters and independent bookstore!  
Bookmarks Grand Opening Celebration July 8 Invitation

The day will begin with a 10:00 a.m. ribbon cutting followed by our inaugural storytime with Mayor Allen Joines at 10:30 a.m. Bolt from the Winston-Salem Dash will be there later in the afternoon for photos and autographs and Kona Ice of Kernersville will be on site from 1-3 and portions of their sales will go back to Bookmarks!  

There will be hourly drawings for prizes and much more!

Thanks to author Megan Bryant for adding stanzas to her picture book DUMP TRUCK DUCK for us. We are thrilled to have this beautiful image from the book's illustrator Jo de Ruiter Illustration to specially commemorate the ducks building our bookstore!


Bookmarks Presents Daniel Wallace
Monday, July 10, 2017, 6 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem Opening July 8!

Celebrate the first author event in Bookmarks' new home when Daniel Wallace returns to Winston-Salem on tour for his new novel, Extraordinary Adventures.Book Cover Extraordinary AdventuresDaniel Wallace

A large-hearted and optimistic novel, Extraordinary Adventures is the latest from the New York Times bestselling Daniel Wallace.  Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he's won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there's a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.  The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.

Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels Big Fish, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam.

Can't make the event? Click here to pre-order a signed copy.

Bookmarks Presents John Grisham
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 John Grisham
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem Opening July 8!
Tickets now on sale - click here to purchase tickets!  

Last September, John Grisham promised he'd come back to celebrate the opening of Bookmarks' New Home, and he will visit just days after our Grand Opening on July 8. We invite you to celebrate John Grisham's new novel, Camino Island, and his first bookstore tour in 25 years. We will follow the official tour rules set by Doubleday as detailed below. 200 tickets available to the booksigning. Seating is extremely limited for the event following the booksigning -- 75 tickets available.  John Grisham's Visit will be structured into two parts:

Booksigning (1-5 p.m.) and Event with Discussion/Q & A (5 p.m.)Book cover for Camino Island by John Grisham

  • The event is ticketed - 1 ticket per person will include a copy of John Grisham's newest book, Camino Island.
  • You must have your ticket on-hand to join the line, which will be first-come, first-serve beginning at 1 p.m.  
  • Mr. Grisham will personalize and sign up to 2 copies of Camino Island (one is included with ticket; 1 copy can be purchased on-site only). No backlist will be signed. No exceptions.
  • Photos will be permitted.  
  • All books must be signed during the signing window of 1 - 5 p.m. There will NOT be autographing after the discussion/Q & A. 
  • Bookmarks will be closed to the public beginning at 12 noon on July 12. Doors open for all ticketed attendees at 1 p.m. Ticket holders may enter the line at any time during the four-hour period to have their book personalized and signed. 

 Ticket Prices and Information - Click here for tickets!

  • Event Ticket for 5 p.m. with Book and Booksigning from 1 - 5 p.m. available for $135 ($100 is tax deductible and will be a donation to Bookmarks). Mr. Grisham's in-store discussion will begin at 5 p.m. following the signing. Seating at the discussion will be first-come, first-serve. There will not be assigned seating or saved seats. (75 tickets will be sold)
  • Book and Booksigning Ticket available for $35 - This ticket includes one copy of John's newest book, Camino Island, a book signing with John personalizing your book and photo opportunities from 1-5 p.m. only. (125 tickets to be sold)

If you cannot attend the event but would like to order a signed copy of Camino Island, please click here. Books will be shipped or available for pickup at Bookmarks starting July 13.

Imagination: A Writing Workshop with Rase McCray of The Story Hatchery for ages 12-16
Thursday, July 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem Opening July 8!

Registration required. Email to register.

Book Club Social
Sunday, July 16 from 2-4 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem 

Join us for a free event specifically targeted to anyone currently in a book club or looking to start/join one. There will be time to socialize with other book clubs in our community, learn about best/worst practices, and hear great new book recommendations for your group. You will also learn about what Bookmarks can do for your book club. Prizes and giveaways throughout the event. Please register by emailing

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Thursday, July 20 from 7–8 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem Opening July 8!

Panel discussion by Judith Kuhn, author of Is Your Child Ready for School?, and Jennifer Lockert, Director of the Reynolda Presbyterian Preschool 

Reading & Signing with Emily Colin 
Monday, July 24 - 6pm
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem 

Emily ColinDream Keeper's DaughterWhen single mom and archaeologist Isabel Griffin gets an emergency phone call while on a dig in Barbados one day, her first thought is that something’s happened to her daughter, Finn—a little girl who doesn’t quite fit the norm. But when she answers the phone, the voice on the other end is the last one she expects to hear. The caller is her old boyfriend, Max—gone missing in the woods almost eight years ago and presumed dead, by everyone except Isabel. He only utters a single, mysterious sentence (“Keep her safe”) before they’re disconnected, and when Isabel tries to call him back, she’s met with the same automated message she’s been hearing for years—that the number she’s dialed is no longer in service.

Max is much more than just Isabel’s ex-boyfriend—he’s her childhood best friend and secret-keeper. He’s the one who was there for her after her mom’s unexplained disappearance fourteen years before and the only person who really understood the depth of her father’s obsession with finding his long-lost wife. And he’s Finn’s father—which Isabel had just told him the day before he vanished, less than fifty feet from the place where she was standing.

Emily Colin’s debut novel, The Memory Thief, has been a New York Timesbestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. Her diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist, helping launch two small publishing companies, and serving as the associate director of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit dedicated to immersing youth in need in the arts. Originally from Brooklyn, she lives in Wilmington, NC with her family.

Can't make the event? Click here to pre-order your signed copy.

4 on 4th Local Author Series
July 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 West 4th Street #110, Winston-Salem

Bookmarks is excited to host monthly reading events with Winston Salem Writers called “4 on 4th.” The fourth Wednesday of each month, four local authors will be featured at this live reading at Bookmarks’ nonprofit independent bookstore and gathering space at 634 Fourth Street. Books will be available for purchase from Bookmarks, and a booksigning will follow the event.

Upcoming dates: July 26, August 23, September 27, and October 25 (fourth Wednesday of every month January-October)

July featured authors:

  • Martha Chamberlain, historical fiction author
  • Bonnie Doerr, young adult fiction author
  • Janet Joyner, award-winning poet
  • Ray Morrison, short fiction author

Winston Salem Writers  Bookmarks

Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! 
Sunday, July 30 from 1–4 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem Opening July 8!

Join Bookmarks as we celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with cake, games, and fun!

Bookmarks Presents Christopher Swann
Inside the Writer's Studio with Charlie Lovett

Tuesday, August 8, 2017,  6 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem

Christopher Swann is the author of the gripping literary thriller, Shadow of the Lions, a moving coming-of-age story that is as much about the mystery as it is about the redemption of a broken friendship and aChristopher Swann lost soul. Shadow of Lions book coverSwann is the chair of the English Department at Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Atlanta, where he has taught English for more than 20 years. He attended Woodberry Forest School, an all-male boarding school in Virginia, for all four years of high school. He has a BA with honors from Washington and Lee University, an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri Columbia, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Georgia State University. Bookmarks Board President Charlie Lovett will interview Swann for this new series. 

Can't make the event? Pre-order a signed copy by clicking here. 

Storytime Featuring Picture Books by 2017 Festival Authors 
Wednesday, August 9 from 10:30–11 a.m.
Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem Opening July 8!

Film Screening of Big Fish based on the novel by Daniel Wallace on our Summer Reading list 
Tuesday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Biotech Place at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter 575 N. Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem

Due Date for entries, book lists, and responses for 2017 Summer Reading Program! 
Wednesday, August 30

Drop off at Bookmarks at 634 West Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem (after July 8) or additional sites listed under Rules and Regulations.

Bookmarks hosts events throughout the year. These events are held at public libraries, colleges, theatres, restaurants, galleries, and other arts facilities. Some events are ticketed as fundraisers and some are free and open to the public. Bookmarks works with more than 35 organizations and community groups each year on their fundraisers and events. We can supply books for sale at your event with a percentage given back to non-profits. Contact us more information on how we can help; email


Author Isabel Allende being interviewed on stage     Author Lemony Snickett speaking to an auditorium of children


Attendee sitting at table during the Bookmarks Movable Feast