We are pleased to be offering virtual book fairs to schools this Spring:

  • Rural Hall Elementary School - begins March 5
  • Old Richmond Elementary School - begins March 19 

Want to learn more about book fairs? Email ashley@bookmarksnc.org for more information.


Picture of Lisa Yee SwopeBookmarks Bookseller Honored for Community Outreach Efforts by Southern Independent Booksellers Association

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 26, 2021) Lisa Yee Swope of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, N.C., is one of two winners of the 2020 Nancy Olson Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA).

According to SIBA, the award honors “booksellers who embody the spirit of Olson’s bookselling legacy of supporting writers–especially new writers– other booksellers, and community outreach.” The late Olson was the founder of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. The awards comes with a $2,000 cash prize.

In addition to her work as a frontline bookseller, Swope manages the Bookmarks Kids Club, a subscription service that allows her to individually select books for dozens of children while forming relationships with families in the community. Swope joined Bookmarks three years ago as it was expanding from an annual book festival to include a physical bookstore with year-round programming.

“I am delighted that the Bookmarks community sees and lauds my exuberance for sharing the things I love,” Swope said. “It's a daily joy to be part of a great organization that is making such a difference in our schools and community.”

The other winner of the 2020 Nancy Olson award was Bonnie Shank of The Storybook Shoppe in Bluffton, South Carolina. Kate Storhoff and Cat VanOrder of Bookmarks also were nominated for the honor.

Thank you for your support
When you get your books through Bookmarks, you support nonprofit outreach initiatives including Authors In SchoolsBook Build, and our annual Festival of Books & Authors. We are passionate about igniting the love of reading in our community by connecting people with authors and books.

Many thanks to our generous year-round sponsors: The Arts Council of Winston-Salem Forsyth CountyThe Winston-Salem Foundation, and The Winston-Salem Journal.