2017 Movable Feast

Bookmarks presents A Movable Feast
Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 3 – 5 p.m. (Doors open at 2 p.m.)
Wake Forest Biotech Place, 575 Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC

Back by popular demand, Bookmarks will present their 5th Annual Movable Feast featuring 25 authors from across the country. Every table will hear from 10 authors for 10 minutes each. Opportunities for informal discussion with all the authors will begin at 2 p.m. and will also follow the Movable Feast at 5 p.m., along with book sales and booksignings. Light refreshments and Raffaldini Wine will be served. 

Presenting Sponsor: Wake Forest Innovation Quarter; Table Sponsors: Bermuda Village Retirement Community,  Raffaldini Vineyards, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Vela Agency, and Salem Smiles Orthodontics; Feast Sponsors: Cabot Cheese, The Carving Board, Our State, Publix, Red Clay Gourmet, and Salem Baking Company.   

Admission is by ticket only: 

  • General Admission tickets are $45 each (includes tax and service fee)
  • General Admission tickets for a table of 8 are $320 per table (includes tax and service fee)
  • Sponsored tables of 8 are $500 per table. Please contact Ginger Hendricks at gh@bookmarksnc.org for benefits and information.

This event is now sold out; email info@bookmarksnc.org to put your name on a wait list for tickets.

2017 Movable Feast Authors

V.S. Alexander - Magdalene Girls

V.S. Alexander is an ardent student of history with a strong interest in music and the visual arts. Some of V.S.'s writing influences include Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, or any work by the exquisite Bronte sisters. V.S. lives in Florida and is at work on a second historical novel for Kensington. 
Photo credit: Suzanna Lunsford


Kimberly Belle - Marriage Lie

Kimberly Belle is the author of three novels: The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust, and The Marriage Lie (coming January 2017). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College and has worked in marketing and fundraising for various nonprofits, both at home and abroad. She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.  Photo credit: Sherri Innis


Belle Boggs - Art of Waiting

Belle Boggs is the author of Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Ecotone, Slate, and many other publications. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.


Lynne Branard (Lynne Hinton) - Traveling Light

Lynne Branard is the author of The Art of Arranging Flowers. As Lynne Hinton, she is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Friendship Cake, Pie Town, and Welcome Back to Pie Town.



Diane Chamberlain - Pretending to Dance

Diane Chamberlain is the international bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The First Lie, Her Mother's Shadow, and The Good Father. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.  Photo credit: John Pagliuca 2013


Billy Coffey - There Will Be Stars

Billy and his wife, Joanne, live with their two children in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. A product of his small-town locale, Billy counts as assets his rural authenticity, unwavering sense of purpose, and insatiable curiosity--all of which tend to make his front porch a comfortably crowded place.

Susan Crawford - The Other Widow

Susan Crawford grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in English and a minor in psychology. She later moved to New York City and then Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three daughters and work in the field of adult education. A member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Village Writers, Susan teaches at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and dabbles in local politics. She lives with her husband and a trio of rescue cats in Atlanta, where she enjoys reading books, writing books, rainy days, and spending time with the people she loves.

Quinn Dalton (J.Q. Coyle) - The Infinity Of You + Me

Quinn Dalton
is the author of the novel High Strung and two story collections, Bulletproof Girl and Stories from the Afterlife. She has published stories, essays, and articles on publishing and writing in literary and commercial publications such as Glimmer Train, One Story, Poets & Writers, Mediabistro.com, StoryQuarterly, the Indiana Review, and New Stories from the South: The Year's Best. She won the Pearl magazine 2002 Fiction Prize for her short story, "Back on Earth." She received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and lives in Greensboro, NC.

Barbara Davis - Love Alice

After spending more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business, Barbara Davis decided to leave the corporate world to finally pursue her lifelong passion for writing. Love, Alice is her fourth novel, following Summer at Hideaway Key, The Wishing Tide, and The Secrets She Carried. She currently lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband Tom, and their beloved ginger cat, Simon, and is working on her next book.

Donna Everhart - The Education of Dixie Dupree

Donna Everhart grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. For several years she worked for high tech companies, specializing in project management and product introduction. She carries a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She lives in Dunn, North Carolina, with her husband, and a tiny, heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, named Mister.

Julia Franks - Over the Plain Houses

Julia Franks has roots in the Appalachian Mountains and has spent years kayaking the rivers and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches literature and runs loosecanon.com, a web service that fosters free-choice reading in the classroom.  

Julie Funderburk - Doors That Always Open: Poems    

Julie Funderburk's poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, The Cincinnati Review, The Greensboro Review, 32 Poems, and Hayden's Ferry Review. She is an assistant professor of  creative writing at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. 


Cathy Gohlke - Secrets She Kept

Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Secrets She Kept, Saving Amelie, Band of Sisters, Promise Me This, William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires. Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their children and granddaughter.

Matthew Griffin - Hide  

Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he worked for several years as Assistant to the Director of Highlander Research and Education Center, a renowned hub of grassroots organizing for social justice throughout the South and Appalachia. He was born and raised in North Carolina and now lives with his husband and too many pets in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he teaches at Tulane University. Hide is his first novel.

Mur Lafferty - Six Wakes

Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcast producer, gamer, runner, and geek. She is the host of the podcast I Should Be Writing and the co-host of Ditch Diggers. She is the winner of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She is addicted to computer games, Zombies, Run!, and Star Wars LEGO. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and daughter.


Jo Maeder - Naked DJ
Jo Maeder left her life as a New York City radio DJ to care for her estranged, hoarder, doll-obsessed mother with Alzheimer’s in Greensboro, NC—kicking and screaming the whole way. The unexpected love story that followed led to the bestselling memoir When I Married My Mother, an endorsement from Maya Angelou, and Jo staying in North Carolina and becoming a full-time writer. Her latest novel NAKED DJ—a satirical romp through radio and the music biz—has been described as Kitchen Confidential meets The Devil Wears Prada.


Joseph Mills - Exit, Pursued By A Bear
A professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 
Joseph Mills holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. He has published six collections of poetry with Press 53. His book This Miraculous Turning was awarded the 2015 Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and his collection Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers was called “a must have for wine lovers” by the Washington Post. His poetry has been featured several times on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and in former U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser's nationally syndicated newspaper column “American Life in Poetry.” In addition to his volumes of poetry, he has researched and written two editions of A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries with his wife, Danielle Tarmey. He also has edited a collection of film criticism A Century of the Marx Brothers. He has degrees in literature from the University of Chicago, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California, Davis. 

Sheryl Monks -  Monsters in Appalachia

Sheryl Monks is the founding editor of Change Seven magazine. Previously, she was the co-owner and editor of Press 53, an independent literary publisher which she helped to establish in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Her fiction has been nominated for New Stories from the South and been awarded a Northwest NC Regional Artist's Project Grant and the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award. 

Travis Mulhauser - Sweet Girl

Travis Mulhauser was born and raised in Northern Michigan. His novel, Sweetgirl, has been listed for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, was an Indie Next Pick, and named one of Ploughshares Best Books of the New Year.  He is also the author of Greetings from Cutler County: A Novella and Stories. Travis received his MFA in Fiction from UNC-Greensboro and is also a proud graduate of North Central Michigan College and Central Michigan University. He lives currently in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and two children.

Nancy Peacock - Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

Nancy Peacock is a lover of stories and how they connect us human beings. She says that whatever happens in her career, rich or poor, published or not, she always wants to see what’s around the next bend, and this means what’s around the bend for whatever character has blessed her with a visit. On the physical plane, she lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with her partner, Ben. When not writing she teaches writing, reads, cooks, weaves tapestries, and walks the Eno River. And occasionally cleans her house.

Elizabeth Poliner - As Close to Us as Breathing

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of "Mutual Life & Casualty," a novel-in-stories, and the forthcoming collection of poems, "What You Know in Your Hands." Her stories and poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. A recipient of seven individual artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, she has also been awarded fiction scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers' conferences. She teaches creative writing at Hollins University.

Susan Rivers - The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Susan Rivers began as a playwright. Fiction became her focus after starting her family and moving to the Carolinas in 1995.  She holds an MFA in Fiction-writing from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and was awarded a Regional Artist Grant from the Arts and Sciences Council there.  Since 2009, she and her husband have made their home in a small town in South Carolina, where stray animals and stories are thick on the ground.  

Ruth Watson - Cranberry Winter
Ruth P. Watson is the author of Blackberry Days of SummerAn Elderberry Fall, and Cranberry Winter. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and son. She divides her time between being a business owner, writer, and educator. She has a master’s degree and is currently working on her next novel, Strawberry Spring, and a documentary. A musical stageplay, Blackberry Daze, is based on her debut novel.

Marybeth Whalen - The Things We Wish Were True

Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. She is the cofounder of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction. Marybeth is the author of The Mailbox, She Makes It Look Easy, The Guest Book, and The Wishing Tree. Marybeth and her family live in North Carolina.

Kim Wright - Last Ride to Graceland

Kim Wright is the author of Love in Mid Air, The Unexpected Waltz, and The Canterbury Sisters. A two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, she has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for magazines such as Wine Spectator, Self, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue. She also ballroom dances competitively. Kim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.