2018 Festival of Books & Authors

Thank you for a wonderful festival!

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Bookmarks proudly welcomed 25,000 festival attendees from 17 states and abroad to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a four-day celebration of reading and writing!

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2018 Festival Weekend Events & Ticketed Events

Thursday, September 6

Reading & Booksigning with New York Times Bestselling Children's Author Carole Boston Weatherford  

A Fiction Reading and Q&A with Award-Winning Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Keynote Opening Event with Zinzi Clemmons

Friday, September 7

Lunch & Learn: Slow Living with Brooke McAlary

Kids' Keynote Event: Dav Pilkey

Saturday, September 8 - Free Street Festival

Summer Reading Drop Off & Book Pick Up

Demonstration Booth

Exhibitor Scavenger Hunt: What Will You Find?

North Carolina Writers’ Network Presents Slush Pile Live!  

Portrait Artist: Erik Huffine

New Voices on the Downtown Stage

Writing Home in Fiction & Memoir: A Writing Workshop with Elaine Neil Orr

Preschool Storytimes with Chester Raccoon, Wild Thing, and Clifford the Big Red Dog

Spoken Word Performance by Authoring Action

Graphic Novel Workshop for Kids with Jeffrey Brown

Books and Brews with Ladee Hubbard, David Joy, and Mark Powell  

Sunday, September 9

2018 Festival Round Up and Parapalooza

Celebrate National Grandparents Day with Jennifer Thermes


Saturday Festival Author Lineup

Fiction Authors: Kelly Barnhill, Edgar Cantero, Christina Dalcher, Silas House, Ladee Hubbard, David Joy, Crystal Hana Kim, Kelly Link, Charlie Lovett, Rebecca Makkai, Elaine Neil Orr, Mark Powell, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Michel Stone

Nonfiction Authors: Anne Bogel, Suzanne Bouffard, Rick Bragg, KJ Dell’antonia, Georgann Eubanks, Matthew Horace, Stephen Kuusito, Beth Macy, Brooke McAlary, Tom Santopietro, Vegas Tenold

Children's Authors: Kelly Barnhill, Jeffrey Brown, Roshani Chokshi, Lamar Giles, Stacy McAnulty, David Barclay Moore, Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Steve Nedvidek, Daniel José Older, Audrey Penn, Aisha Saeed, T.R. Simon, Gabe Soria, Jennifer Thermes, Carole Boston Weatherford

Young Adult Authors: Roshani Chokshi, Zoraida Cordova, Lamar Giles, Maurene Goo, Ellen Hopkins, Tiffany D. Jackson, Claire Legrand, Kelly Link, Makiia Lucier, Steve Nedvidek, Daniel José Older, Amy Reed, Brenda Rufener, Aisha Saeed, Tracy Deonn Walker

Our Prince of Scribes: Remembering Pat Conroy
Words & Pictures: Graphic & Illustrated Novels
Check Your Reality at the Door: YA Fantasy
Truth You Don't See: YA Authors on on Reality
Our Stories, Our Voices
The Struggle is Real: Navigating Pivotal Points of Childhood
Growing Up Was Never Easy: Historical Middle Grade Fiction
Exploring "The Great American Read"
Crossover Books for Teens & Adults
Setting Out to Journey In
What the Fiction? Genre-Bending Books
Finding Home: Stories of Immigrants & Refugees
Books & Brews

Please note Kelly Link, Gabe Soria, and Beth Macy will not be attending this year's Festival.