Festival Launch Party!

Graphic for 2022 Festival Launch Party on Thursday, September 1 at 7 pm at Roar

Bookmarks hosts the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, bringing 20,000 attendees to Winston-Salem in 2019. It is important to us that we keep the festival free and open to the public. In order to do that and cover the rising costs of festival production, we need your help!


Join us for a fun evening of drinks, dinner, and games in Winston-Salem's coolest new venue -- Roar! Presented with support from our friends at Dewey's.

Learn more about this year's festival and be the first to get tickets to exclusive festival events. This year's honorary emcee and host is bestselling author Charlie Lovett.

Click here to get tickets today!

Tickets are $50 per person. $20 is a tax-deductible donation to Bookmarks. Tickets include:

  • Dinner
  • Two drink tickets
  • Valet parking
  • Entry to all of Roar's games such as boutique bowling and golf simulation
  • One token that can be used to enter into one of the evening's grand prizes (listed below)
  • Dessert from Dewey's Bakery
  • $20 tax-deductible gift to Bookmarks

Additional raffle tickets will be for sale on-site or you can add them to your ticket purchase for $5.00. The grand prize drawings will happen at the end of the night but you do not have to be present to win.

The grand prizes are:

  • Ultimate Book Bundle: A book by every festival author! (we will have one drawing for adult titles and one for kids and teens combined)
  • VIP Festival Experience: Reserved seats at a festival venue of your choice and every special event, tickets to keynote events (including the sold-out opening with Taylor Jenkins Reid), front-of-the-line signing passes, festival tote with goodies
  • Exclusive Chef's Kitchen Tour: You and 5 friends will explore Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan's beautiful kitchen inside the residences at the R. J. Reynolds Building. Hear some tips and tricks from a master chef, spice blend entrepreneur, and cookbook author.
  • Dash-n-Grab: This coveted experience gives you 90 seconds to dash into the Bookmarks bookstore and grab all the books you want!

Thank you to our event sponsor Dewey's Bakery and thank you for helping us keep the festival free for years to come!

By registering and attending this event, you agree to have your email address added to our newsletter distribution list. You may opt out at any time.

Please be aware of our Code of Conduct:
Bookmarks has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind in person or social media, including but not limited to: Stalking; intimidation; offensive verbal comments; physical assault and/or battery; harassing or non-consensual photography or recording; sustained disruption of programs, panels, signings, and other events; bathroom policing; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome physical attention, in relation to, but not limited to: race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, ability, appearance, religion, citizenship, pregnancy. If a person engages in harassing behavior, Bookmarks Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including but not limited to expulsion from the Bookmarks sponsored event or premises. This policy applies to everyone (exhibitors, attendees, authors, speakers, guests, press, staff, board members, and volunteers) at all of Bookmarks events and programming. Anyone can report harassment. If someones behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact Bookmarks staff or security. In this virtual landscape, we ask that you remain respectful as you would for an in person event. We will remove and ban you from virtual events if you submit any inappropriate content, offensive or of any nature that does not pertain to the event visually, verbally, or in written content. If removed from the event, you will not receive a refund of any kind.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
633 North Liberty Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101