About Bookmarks

The Nonprofit

Bookmarks began as a literary arts nonprofit in 2004. Over the last 15 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, Book Build, and more.

Bookmarks has brought over 700 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 1,300 New York Times, national, and international bestsellers, and have spent more than 45 years on The New York Times bestseller list.

At Bookmarks, we are passionate about empowering all members of our community by fostering a love of reading and writing and connecting people with books and authors. Want to get involved? Click here to learn more about volunteering at Bookmarks.


The Bookstore

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 an easy transformation into a community gathering space. In conjunction with the nonprofit, this space allows Bookmarks to host over 20 free community events each month.

All bookstore profits help 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.

Bookstore selections include diverse topics and authors, from YA (young adult) to Fantasy & SciFi to Children's Books to Fiction to Cookbooks. We have a something for everyone—stop by today to find your next adventure.

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.

Our Story (PDF)

2017 Annual Report (PDF)


Bookmarks Harassment Policy

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.