Festival of Books and Authors

The Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors is held in Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on the Saturday following Labor Day each year. It is the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas and is free and open to the public.


The 2016 Festival will be held September 8-10


Information on individual Festival Authors can be found here.




Join us at our 3 Eat & Greet events this year. Click on the picture below to purchase tickets.


 In 10 years, Bookmarks has brought more than 550 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 8 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.