About Bookmarks

Bookmarks is a literary arts organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. Our programming connects readers and authors and includes: an annual Festival of Books, an Authors in Schools program, and year-round events in our community gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore. 


About Bookmarks

The Winston-Salem based literary nonprofit produces the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, an Authors in Schools program reaching 7,000 students of all ages each year, and a series of events with bestselling and award-winning authors throughout the year. In its 13 years in existence, Bookmarks has brought more than 650 authors, illustrators, and storytellers to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Authors come from around the region, country, and the world. Collectively, Bookmarks' authors have won hundreds of awards from dozens of countries, including more than 100 honorary degrees, Emmy, James Beard, Grammy, PEN, Agatha, Edgar, and NAACP Image Awards.

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 1,000 New York Times, national and international bestsellers, and have spent more than 40 years on The New York Times bestseller list.

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.

Bookmarks Awards

At the Opening Welcome Celebration for Authors, Sponsors and Volunteers on September 8, 2017, Bookmarks announced the winners of their three annual awards:

Ruth Wilcox is the 2017 winner of the Bookmarks Authors in Schools Educator Award, which is given to an advocate for reading who inspires students to make life-changing discoveries through books. Wilcox is the Media Coordinator at Paisley IB Magnet School. Wilcox has hosted authors, promoted our Summer Reading Program, and collaborated on one of our first school book fairs. She has been teaching for 27 years—both as an English teacher and a media coordinator. Wilcox also coaches the Paisley Middle School Battle of the Books team. She helps her students get excited to read and to learn, and challenges them to stretch their comfort zones and try something different.

Emily Herring Wilson is the winner of the 2017 Bookmarks Literary Achievement Award, which is given to someone whose writings and/or service represent artistic achievement and meritorious contributions to community and humanity. A mainstay of the North Carolina literature scene for decades, Wilson is a winner of the North Carolina Award and the Caldwell Award. She is the author of many books including the just released: The Three Graces of Val-Kill: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook in the Place They Made Their Own. Wilson was an early advocate for Bookmarks’ expansion and opening of an independent nonprofit bookstore in Winston-Salem.

The Mulder Family (Megan and Philip Mulder and son David Mulder) is the winner of the 2017 Debora D. and Victor F. Harllee, Jr. Volunteer Award, which is given to an exceptional volunteer. Each member of the family has supported Bookmarks for multiple years with their time. Philip served as President of the Board of Directors; both Megan and Philip serve on the planning and programming committees; and David writes a regular blog from the viewpoint of Karl the Kraken, who lives at Bookmarks’ Bookstore. 


Ruth Wilcox with Rachel Stinehelfer Winning Award   Jamie Rogers Southern and Ginger Hendricks with 2017 winner Emily Herring Wilson (middle)   The Mulder Family with Debbie Harllee, Founder


Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on Bookmarks Festival Day