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 North Carolina and is free and open to the public. Mark your calendar for next year's Festival on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

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.


Thank you for celebrating our 10th anniversary with us in 2014

For pictures from the Festival and activities, please click here. For complete info on 2014 authors, visit the Festival Events page here

In 2014, the Festival moved to a new location in Downtown Winston-Salem. Events were held inside the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and in the surrounding area on Spruce Street. Additional venues were in Hanesbrands Theatre and Winston Square Park.