Bookmarks Staff

 

Ann Marie, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend?  Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi; Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro; The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? Historical fiction, Magical realism, Eighteenth-Century fiction, Literary fiction

Current staff pick: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

What is your favorite go-to playlist when working? Either hits of the 60s or hits of the 80s

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? I enjoy hiking, cooking, trying new restaurants, art museums, and of course...reading! 

Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: Visit the Reynolda Gardens! 

 

Beth Seufer Buss, Bookstore Manager
beth@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend? My favorite book to recommend to readers is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Told in alternating timelines between the collapse of civilization and the world as it exists 15 years later, the book is simultaneously haunting and hopeful. I want everyone to read it!  I also highly recommend The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee, and Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. These are some of my favorites to read, and I've had great conversations with other readers about them. 

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? Fiction, particularly dystopian and historical; biography & memoir; vegan cookbooks; contemporary young adult; and children's books with animals, especially cats.

Current staff pick: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? Besides the obvious answer (read!) - garden, sew/quilt, and binge really good tv. I also enjoy a night by myself cleaning the house. Don't judge.

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? The day we opened our bookstore to the community for the first time…it was the absolute perfect day!

What is your favorite place to read? Weather permitting, at home on my front porch. Most of the time, though, it's curled up inside somewhere with my cats.

 

Caleb Masters, Assistant Bookstore Manager
caleb@bookmarksnc.org 

What are your favorite books to recommend? The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro, Pachinko - Min Jin Lee, A Little History of the World - E.H. Gombrich

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? Science-Fiction & Fantasy will always be my first love but I also thoroughly enjoy Literary Fiction, Weird Fiction, Horror, World History, and Science & Nature Writing. 

Current Staff Pick: What We See When We Read - Peter Mendelsund

What is your favorite go-to playlist when working? Definitely the 'Sunshine Reggae' station. It is impossible to be in a bad mood when listening to reggae; I sure this has been proven by science. On rainy days, I will switch over to 'Scandinavian Indie' which is pretty stellar. I've also slowly been curating our 'Best of the 90's' station so it will play much more Ace of Base and way less Alice in Chains.

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? If I'm not reading, I can often be found going to a movie with friends, running on the greenway by my house, watching British quiz shows with my wife, and spending countless hours wandering around Skyrim on my PS4. 

​​What is your favorite place to read? ​Camino Bakery on Brookstown, hands down. I try to spend a few hours there every week and it has quickly become my favorite place in the world to read. The kindest, most genuine people in the world can be found within Camino and their croissants make my Monday every week.

 

Cat, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend? The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo is my favorite series by way of having given me my favorite fictional character ever, Nikolai Lantzov, who is getting his own duology starting in 2019! The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, which I daresay got me really into YA back when the first book came out, is incredible too but as the books go on they get more NA and less YA, so, parents do be careful. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson is great to get into adult fantasy that isn't YA, especially for young girls and women looking for a book that doesn't feature the typical grizzled male hero but also doesn't fall prey to many of the cliched tropes of YA, which I still do adore. Any book by VE Schwab is incredible, but I'm partial to Vicious, an incredible adaptation of the comic book style of story into longer form fictional novels.

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? YA, NA, and history books! I love fantasy, romance, and historical fiction (like the And I Darken series by Kiersten White)!

Current Staff Pick: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? I'm a writer so when I'm not stumped by writer's block or if I'm not consumed by reading, as I can get sometimes, I love writing on any of the books I'm currently working on! But I love video games too so sometimes I'll get really into a playthrough of any of the Dragon Age games! I graduated with a history degree so I love creating little research assignments for myself, my most recent was on Napoleon Bonaparte.

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? Either the past two festivals that I got to attend where I was able to meet my two favorite authors, or last year during the festival when I discovered there was a brand new Bookmarks bookshop! I walked in and immediately fell in love with the store and that initial visit will always be a great memory.

​​Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: Visit old Salem! Take the tour, spend as much time as possible in each place, and don't rush! Just enjoy yourself. Reynolda House is also a good visit when you have the time and spare cash, they do give a discount for Salem College, and potentially other colleges in the area. Maybe talk a walk around the arts district downtown!

 

David Mulder, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org

Favorite books to recommend: Anything by R. K. Narayan or Terry Pratchett, who can always make me laugh. For younger readers, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, because I think every kid should fantasize about living in an art museum.

Favorite genres: World history, visual art, literary fiction, fantasy, sometimes science and philosophy, and picture books.

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks?  When I'm not at Bookmarks I can generally be found roaming the library stacks at Wake Forest, where I study art history, Arabic, archaeology, and Akkadian. (No, really, I didn't just scan the alphabetical list of courses and sign up for the first four.) 

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? My favorite bookmarks memory is the grand opening of the bookstore, because it was even better than I could ever have imagined. I also have fond memories of when the festival was a bunch of tents in Bethabara park, but those memories might be less fond if I could actually recall how hot it was without any air conditioned venues.

What is your favorite place to read? If you follow the path behind Reynolda House into the woods, you'll come to the filled-in remains of the Reynolds family's old swimming pool. It's now a quiet wooded grove, and there's a bench at the top of what was once the diving board tower that makes a perfect reading spot--weather permitting, of course. 

 

Chad, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org
What are your favorite books to recommend?
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
To Ijeawele; or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? Biography/memoir, history, fiction, science, psychology/sociology, philosophy  

Current staff pick: To Ijeawele; or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What is your favorite go-to playlist when working? Hits of the 80s, Trendy Chic, Easy Retro

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? See films at a/perture cinema here in Downtown Winston-Salem, attend plays/film screenings at Hanesbrands Theatre here in Downtown Winston-Salem, and attend annual RiverRun International Film Festival here in Winston-Salem as well as RiverRun’s film screenings throughout the year 

​​What is your favorite place to read? Near an open window

Em, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend? Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, The Power Of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness by Claudia and James Altucher, Deadman Wonderland - Manga Series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? fiction, spirituality, mysticism, poetry

Current Staff Pick: The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life by Deepak Chopra

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? Paint, draw, be an artist. Sit outside and write, seek creativity and inspiration in the day to day.

Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: Drink a local coffee, eat the local food, and visit the local art galleries and venues!!!

​​What is your favorite place to read? Sunset Beach NC (on a beach blanket under an umbrella of course)

 

Ginger Hendricks, Executive Director
gh@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend? Garden Spells by Sarah Allen Addison, Possession by AS Byatt, and When by Daniel Pink are some of my favorites. For the little ones, I still can't get enough of I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt. My boys know that it makes me happy to read this book to them as it's about a mother who loves her child no matter what! And I know just how that feels.

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? I will try just about anything that is recommended, but I usually lean toward Southern fiction and literary fiction, though have been dabbling in more nonfiction lately. Since I have two boys who are six and under, I also love finding picture books that teach my children about the world around them.

Current Staff Pick: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? I love to read, cook, watch movies, see friends, and spend time with my family. I love going to events around Winston-Salem - there's so much to do! Four mornings a week - or more - I am swimming! I think my colleagues groan a little when I start a sentence - "This morning in the pool, I was thinking..."

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? My first year at Bookmarks, when we announced our 2010 Festival authors, I created a "recipe" for the Bookmarks' Festival. We had the event in a small art studio, catered ourselves, and 40 people attended. I mentioned this at a staff meeting recently, and some of our staff started asking lots of questions - and there was some laughter at the image of me wearing a large white chef's hat and holding a whisk! I love to think about (and share!) all that Bookmarks has accomplished and grown since that time. I am so grateful to be a part of it! 

​​Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: Visit Arts Unleashed Art Park and the AFAS Center for the Arts on Liberty Street, Cobblestone Farmers Market and Old Salem, and Fourth Street - to visit Bookmarks, Consignment Emporium, and Foothills Brewing! I also love to give restaurant recommendations - just ask!

​​What is your favorite place to read? For me, it's still in bed - especially if my husband is next to me reading too! 

 

Jamie Rogers Southern, Operations Director
jamie@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend? Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Lost City of Z by David Grann 

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? Literary fiction, epic fantasy, psychological mystery, anything weird or offbeat

Current staff pick? Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? Read, read, read. Run, play with my kiddo. Read some more.  

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? The day we decided to open a bookstore has to be my favorite.

Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: Come visit Bookmarks. (Is this a trick question?)

 ​​​What is your favorite place to read? In my library at home curled in my favorite red cozy chair with my cat on my lap and perhaps a glass of wine beside me.

 


Jeremy, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend?  I have been recommending Poetry by Richard Brautigan, Bill Bryson’s Travel-related books, and there is a cookbook for whatever mood or need a person has.

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? I personally read Cookbooks, local history and architecture, Business theory, and Buddhist and Taoist texts.

Current staff pick: Project Smoke by Steven Raichlen

What is your favorite go-to playlist when working? Rugged Traditional, Taste of Lagos, Hard to Find Records, on Sundays Taste of New Orleans

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks?  I am a dad of a wonderful two year old and love teaching and learning with her.   I have run my own small business for the past 8 years, I volunteer with my neighborhood, college alumni board, political/community organizations, and am dedicated to study of native plants.  I enjoy cooking, gardening / landscaping, playing improvised experimental music, and meditation.

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory?  The process of building and getting the store up and running was truly something special, each of the “firsts” that I have been lucky to share with the organization has been a pleasure.

Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: take a chance to explore the city and its people and the wonderful natural areas we have including plants native to the area. Drive or walk somewhere, look around, talk to people, listen to people.  There is something special in learning how the people and environment interact with each other to shape how a community feels.

What is your favorite place to read? In public!  Much better for the world to see you with a book than a phone.

 

Jessica Blackstock, Office Specialist
read@bookmarksnc.org

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? When I'm not at Bookmarks, I enjoy spending time outside, especially riding horses, hiking, and reading.  I love taking day or weekend trips to the mountains with my partner and my daughter to hike and visit our favorite waterfalls, breweries, and restaurants.

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? My favorite Bookmarks memory is the first time I walked in the front door after the store opened.  I stumbled upon a Social Justice Story Time and a beautiful space full of books I wanted to read.  I didn't want to leave!

What is your favorite place to read? I love to read on a covered porch in a rainstorm or on the couch with our three cuddly dogs.

 

Karylon, Staff Associate
staff@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite types of books? Fantasy, especially Harry Potter

What is your favorite thing to do at Bookmarks? Bookfaces!

What do you like to do when you’re not at Bookmarks? Drawing and recently started writing short stories.  I want my stories to be slightly controversial and to evoke an intense emotion.

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? My first day of work!  

What is your favorite place to read? Any quiet, isolated place

Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: Come to Bookmarks! And check out all the local art galleries to get a feel of the unique and artsy culture in WS

What is one thing you would like for everyone to know about you? "That I am a kind and loving person."

 

Lany, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend?  Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, So, Anyway... by John Cleese, Wine to Water by Doc Hendley, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? Horror (body horror), Fiction, Fiction Anthologies, Thrillers, Historical Fiction and Nonfiction, Self Help and Food/Beverage Writing

Current staff pick: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

What is your favorite go-to playlist when working: For the store it's typically any indie/rock playlists that are available, though I'd rather find a good surf rock one.

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks?  I'm an artist, so I usually try to fill my time with creating new things and making new pieces! Aside from that I'm big on reading (duh) and hanging out with my cat(s).

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory?  Meeting David Sedaris and having him in the store for his talk and book signing! It was so much fun.

Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: Go to Humblebee Shoppe and if you can, catch the Saturday morning Cobblestone Farmer's Market! 

What is your favorite place to read?  Though I can read anywhere at any time, the best place I have read to this day would have to be the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham!

 

Lisa, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org 

What are your favorite books to recommend? Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? Murder Mysteries, Memoirs, Middle Grade, Picture Books

Current Staff Pick: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

What is your favorite go-to playlist when working? Jukebox Diner

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? Yarncraft. whether crocheting or knitting, sing with Heart of the Triad Choral Society, read-read-read

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? Karl and the Llamas 80s tribute band might be one of them... or Emily Wilson's launch party, when we had all the folding chairs out, and all the conference room chairs out, and standing room only in the book stacks... or the Harry Potter party when I was working the Quidditch pitch, with one Chaser armed with cornhole beanbags facing off against one Beater guarding suspended hula hoop goals, each maneuvering a broom

What is your favorite place to read? Stretched out in a hammock.

 

Rachel Kuhn Stinehelfer, Education Specialist
rachel@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend? I love Big Fish by Daniel Wallace for adults. I think of this as modern Southern Gothic fiction. I do enjoy some good nonfiction books as well. Just Mercy, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, and A Year of Living Danishly fall into that category. For kids ... don't get me started ... I have SO many favorites. For very little people: The Wide Mouthed Frog, and To Market, To Market. For early chapter book readers - the entire Who Was series. For Middle Grade - Pax, Wolf Hollow, The Inquisitor's Tale, and the Blue Series. And honestly, too many others to mention.

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? Nordic Noir, and Science/Travel Non-fiction

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? Redecorate every room in my house on heavy rotation

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? There isn't just one - but the interactions with readers and helping them pick out a book for themselves or as a gift.

What is your favorite place to read?  The tub

 

Teresa, Frontline Bookseller and Book Club Coordinator
staff@bookmarksnc.org

What are your favorite books to recommend? I like to recommend books that are on the Book Club wall.

What are your favorite genres/types of books to read? I prefer to read character driven fiction.

Current staff pick: A Gambler's Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? I like to do yoga/meditation and walk the DOG when I'm not at Bookmarks.

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? Walking in the first day we opened-the place was buzzing and I was so proud to be a part of it!

Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: I would recommend taking in the food and culture of downtown.

 

Vania, Frontline Bookseller
staff@bookmarksnc.org 

What are your favorite books to recommend? I like to read a lot of the children's picture books-for the simplicity and innocence of childhood!  I often find really profound messages in these books and when I do, I love to point these out to the parents with children in the reading nook!

What are your favorite genres or types of books to read? I read many different genres and types of books.  When I am in school, I am totally immersed in religious history-which I love!  When I am reading for fun, my go-to is fantasy or nature writing.

Current staff pickBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coats

What is your favorite go-to playlist when working? Early soul greats!

What do you like to do when you're not at Bookmarks? I spend most of my time at home.  I love to cook and try new recipes, walk in the woods with my dogs, play with my crazy chickens, or curl up with a lapful of cats and read! (I am Dr. Doolittle!)

What is your favorite Bookmarks memory? Definitely my favorite Bookmarks memory is having the opportunity to work the David Sedaris event!    All the people who attended were wonderful and high-spirited, and Mr. Sedaris was hilarious, kind, and extremely interesting!

Everyone who visits Winston-Salem should: Come to Bookmarks!  ... And visit Burke St.  City Beverage is one of my favorite places with a great craft beer selection and an old speakeasy feel, and make sure you visit Jonathon at Underdog Records right up the street!