About Bookmarks

Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization and independent bookstore that works to ignite the love of reading. We believe in books with purpose and are passionate about connecting our community with books and authors.

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Bookmarks began as a literary arts nonprofit in 2004. Over the last 17 years, Bookmarks has worked to connect people with books and authors through an annual Festival of Books & Authors, year-round events, and outreach programs including Authors In Schools and Book Build.

Bookmarks has brought over 850 authors, illustrators, and storytellers to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Authors come from around the region, country, and the world. Bookmarks has hosted winners of the Pulitzer Prize, 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, Newberry Award, and a United States Poet Laureate. Bookmarks authors have written more than 1,500 New York Times, national, and international bestsellers, and have spent more than 47 years on The New York Times bestseller list.

Under careful staff and board guidance, Bookmarks has grown from an annual book festival to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organzation and a vibrant bookstore and gathering space. Now with thirteen staff members, Bookmarks reaches tens of thousands of local students annually and reaches over 25,000 people through the Festival of Books & Authors.

At Bookmarks, we believe in the power of books and written word. Our team is passionate about igniting the love of reading by connecting our community with books and authors. 

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Bookmarks' bookstore was designed and constructed in order to meet the need for an independent bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem and a space to host community events. The bookstore opened its doors in July of 2017 with 4200 square feet of space, including a stage, a conference room, offices, and mobile bookshelves that allow for an easy transformation into a community gathering space. In conjunction with the nonprofit, this space allows Bookmarks to host over 15 free community events each month.

All bookstore profits support Bookmarks' nonprofit outreach programs, and each time you round up at the register, you are helping us connect members of our community with books and authors.

Book selections include a wide range of topics and authors, including YA, science fiction and fantasy, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, mystery/thriller, cookbooks, travel books, and regional books. Bookmarks has something for everyone—stop by today to find your next adventure or shop online.

The bookstore is open everyday (10:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday-Saturday, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Sundays). We are located through the breezeway at 634 W. Fourth St. in downtown Winston-Salem. To access our free parking lot, enter 632 W. Holly Ave. in your GPS.  Please note hours have changed due to the current pandemic; please call 336-747-1471 to confirm current availability.

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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 someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact Bookmarks’ staff or security. You may also come to the Bookmarks office at 634 W. 4th Street #110 to report an incident. If necessary, a Bookmarks staff member will contact local law enforcement, offer a safe place, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe during a Bookmarks event.

Keep inappropriate comments and your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a photograph with or of a guest or an author, always ask first and respect that person’s right to say no.