Festival of Books and Authors

The 10th annual Festival will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors is held in Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is the largest annual book festival in North Carolina and is free and open to the public. Festival activities will begin on Thursday, September 4, with a ticketed keynote address with James Patterson and run through Sunday, September 7.

James Patterson Tickets - By phone - 1-800-838-3006 / Through Brown Paper Tickets Website

Eat & Greet Events and Writing Workshop Tickets - Click here.

For complete info on authors, visit the Festival Events page here. For a printable listing of events and authors' bios, click here



To download a schedule, click here.


This year, the Festival will move to a new location in Downtown Winston-Salem. Events will be held inside the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and in the surrounding area on Spruce Street. Additional venues will be located in Hanesbrands Theatre and Winston Square Park. Free parking is available and food trucks will be on site throughout the day.

To download a copy of the 2014 Festival site map, click here.


To help you get ready for the Festival:



In 10 years, Bookmarks has brought more than 500 authors, illustrators, and storytellers to the Triad for our annual Festival of Books and Authors. Authors come from around the country and the world; they are regionally-, nationally-, and internationally-known. Collectively, Bookmarks authors have won hundreds of awards from dozens of countries, including more than 100 honorary degrees; multiple Emmy Awards; 10 James Beard Awards; several NAACP Image Awards; 10 Grammy Awards; and multiple PEN, Agatha, Nebula, Hugo, RITA, and Edgar Awards. Bookmarks authors have been translated into 150 languages and have had their work adapted into more than 50 movies, plays and television shows. In addition to the 7 Pulitzer Prize winners and the United States Poet Laureate, Bookmarks has presented winners of the 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, and Newbery Award. Bookmarks authors have written more than 500 New York Times bestsellers and spent at least 1,000 weeks -- over 20 years -- on the New York Times bestseller list.


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